The inshore reefs have been producing some very nice grunter over the past week. Most of these fish are getting caught on soft vibes and using prawns as fresh bait. There has been some good winter whiting being caught as well. Berkley Gulp worms and using squid as bait has been producing the goods.
With the smaller tides this weekend, fishing the deeper water will be the go. The red emperor should be on the chew. Remember to fish with bigger baits so you can wait for the big red load up after all the smaller fish have a go at it. With the little run this weekend, the bite time should go all day in the shallows. Using pilchards and 5” soft plastics will get you the bite for your trouty’s and red throat emperor.
THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett River has been producing plenty of flathead over the past week. The shallow sand bars and gravel beds are the go to places to chase them. Slow rolling Zman 3” minnowz on the bottom will get you the bite. The blue salmon are still in good numbers as well. Fishing one hour either side of low tide is definitely the best time to get them chewing.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
There has been some good numbers of bream and whiting being caught in both these systems over the past week. Fishing the shallow sand bars with yabbies for your whiting has been the most effective way to get a feed. For the bream, fishing the rock bars towards the top of the tide with small soft plastic’s and using mullet gut as bait has been getting most the action. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there’s been very good quality crabs being caught in both of these systems.
Lake Monduran is still producing some very nice barra. With the cold conditions we’ve been experiencing, most of the fish are getting caught in the shallows. Remember to fish the bays and points wherever the wind is blowing into. When looking for new spots, look at the banks. Look for the more flatter banks where the water will gradually drop instead of the steep drops. Finding the warmer shallow water at the moment is definitely the key.