ALL in all the weather around the Bundaberg area hasn’t been too bad for the kids on school holidays. Some excellent reports have come in from both estuary and offshore during this past week.
The Burnett River has continued to produce the goods with some top quality flathead and grunter keeping the youngsters amused. Both soft plastics and fresh baits have been doing the trick. Some of the hot spots in the Burnett have been around Strathdee’s sand bars through to the mouth of the river.
Quite a few mangrove jack and barramundi have fired up this past week in all of our local rivers. If this continues, it’s shaping up to be another fantastic season for anglers chasing these sports fish around Bundy this summer.
Just offshore, good numbers of school mackerel are being caught right along our coastline from Woodgate through to 1770. Floating pilchards rigged on gang hooks and casting metal Flasha lures at the mackerel have been two methods doing the damage.
On the freshwater scene, all our local impoundments have been performing very well. Lake Cania and Lake Wuruma are both fishing and red-clawing well.
The bass at Cania are meant to be on the chew. Trolling small hard body lures that dive down around the three metre mark has been a good way to locate the schools of bass, and casting the small vibes, tailspinners and soft plastics through the schools has been accounting for better numbers of bass up to 50cm.
A little closer to home, Lake Gregory’s bass have been biting well. The bass seem to be schooled up in the deeper water in the middle of the dam and the hot technique has been casting lightly weighted soft plastics through the schools.
There is only a couple of weeks now until the annual Win Television Monduran Family Fishing Classic, which is held on the 15th and 16th of October. With $1,000 cash for the biggest barramundi caught for the weekend and a boat, motor and trailer package, along with heaps of other lucky draw prizes, this is always a fun family weekend.
You do need a Stocked Impoundment Permit to be able to fish Lake Monduran and with the recent changes to the scheme, it would be a very good idea to get your permit before heading up for the weekend. The permits are now issued electronically and you can get them online here or you can phone 1300 575 359. They are also available at Post Offices and other selected outlets which are listed on the website.
Fish with confidence, Dale Smith