With rain we’ve had around the Bundaberg area over the past few weeks, there is bulk bait on all the inshore reefs. The number of big grunter that have been caught has been crazy! As the water clears up the mackerel should turn up everywhere on the inshore reefs. Fishing for them with lightly-weighted pilchards and Flasha Spoons will get you a ripper feed. Just keep an eye on the wind forecast – it could go either way this weekend.
THE BURNETT RIVER
The amount of bait scattered in the Burnett at the moment is awesome to see. With the big tides this weekend there should be plenty of salt being pushed up to the town reach. The best two species to target this weekend would have to be the barramundi and mangrove jack. My favourite way to catch them is slow-hopping Samaki vibes in the deeper holes and working Lucky Craft Pointers over rock bars and heavy timber snags. Also, if you’re in the system towards the bottom of the tide keep an eye out for prawns.
KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been producing some cracker flathead lately. Trolling small hard body lures over shallow sandbars has been getting some awesome results. Slow drifting with sprat, and hopping paddle tail soft plastics off the bottom will get you into some flatty action as well. There has been some 50cm+ mangrove jack caught in both these systems. Live-baiting with poddy mullet has been very effective. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in. With the fresh and big tides working together the crabs should be on the move.
There are still good numbers of barra being caught in Monduran. With the rainfall we’ve experienced over the past few weeks the dam water level is pretty stable, which should help the barra bite. The early morning bite has still been the standout time to fish. Slow-rolling Jackall Squirrels and paddle tail soft plastics has been the standout technique to catch the barramundi.
Till Next time
Keep it real
Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in.