reef fishing cards
Rob Kohne from Victoria with a personal best on his first trip off 1770 recently.

Reef fishing off the cards this weekend

reef fishing off the cards
Mitch Beyer with the nice whiting he caught over the long weekend.


With the coral reef fin fish closure this weekend from the 6th to the 10th of October, the reef fishing will be off the cards.  With the magic-looking forecast you can still make the most out of it chasing pelagics.  The Five Degree Patch and the Fifteen Mile are always good places to start.  Trolling gar and Samaki Pacemakers are really effective ways to target them!


The inshore reefs should be on this weekend with the new moon and nice conditions.  The schoolie mackerel should be in awesome numbers.  Your 50g flasha spoons and a floating pilchard are always effective ways to target them.  With the snapper and grass sweetlip not being on the coral reef fin fish closure list, you’re welcome to target them.  There should be some stonker late season snapper still swimming around!


The Burnett River is firing up.  There’s plenty of mangrove jack being caught up to 55cm!  The barra are also chewing.  Most are being caught up the Town Reach in the late afternoons.  Throwing 20g and 30g soft vibes has been the most effective way to catch them.  There’s also been some 60cm+ grunter being caught.  Small Gulp soft plastics and fresh prawns are good ways to target them.


The Elliott has been fishing really well for your whiting and mangrove jack.  The whiting have mostly been caught on fresh yabbies fished on shallow sand bars.  The very start of the incoming tides has been the hottest bite.  The jack have been mostly caught on 3 inch Zman plastics and small live baits.  The out- going tide is always the better tide to chase your jacks.


The Baffle and the Kolan have both been fishing well for your big grunter.  The night-time bite seems to be the best bite time, and banana prawns seem to be the hot bait.  Also there’s been awesome numbers of jack being caught.  Again your smaller sized soft plastics seem to be doing the trick.  Also with big night tides it would be well worth throwing the crab pots in for a muddy.


Lake Monduran has sure fired up, with people catching up to 10+ barra per session!  It’s really good to see so many healthy barra feeding at the moment.  Again the hot lures are Jackall Squirrels and Zerek Flat Shads.  If schools are swimming past and not chewing, don’t be scared to throw a 20g soft vibe on – it can change your morning real quick.

Till next time, keep it real.

Mitch Beyer

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