Shane O’Donnell with the flathead he caught in the Kolan River recently.

Warm weather keeps estuary fish chewing

Well, it looks like we’re in for a few more hot days to come.  At this stage the weather for this weekend is shaping up well with relatively light winds forecast for the Bundaberg area. There have not been many reports from anglers heading offshore, so let’s hope this weekend can change that.

The warm temperatures have continued to keep species like mangrove jack and barramundi on the chew.  Good numbers of both species were caught last weekend in all our local rivers and creeks. With the full moon this Saturday night, it should be a prime time to target these fantastic sportfish this weekend.

Whilst live-baiting with large poddy mullet has been very successful, the lure fishermen have been hooking some awesome fish as well during this past week. Soft plastics in the 5” range and hard body lures either cast to structure or trolled along rock walls have been doing the job.

With the full moon and the bigger tides this weekend, try fishing fresh yabbies and sand worms around the sand bars for big summer whiting.  Also, a few young local anglers have been doing well casting small poppers retrieved at a steady pace over the shallows for big whiting and the odd flathead, with the EBI Panic lure from Jackson being a standout.

Some really nice grunter have been caught in the Kolan and Burnett rivers this week.  Fish up to 60cm have been testing angler’s skills.  Bouncing 3” to 4” soft plastics over the gravel patches in the Burnett has been producing the goods. February has always been a great time of the year to chase swallow-tail dart.  Fishing the Saturday morning high tide at 8.55am along our many beaches should be well worth the effort.

The barramundi in Lake Monduran fished well last week.  Quite a few barra up to the magic metre have been hitting 5” Zerek Flat Shads, Squidgie Slick Rigs, RMG Scorpions, Lucky Craft Pointers and Jackall Squirrels, which have all been working a treat.

Just keep in mind that the capacity of the water in the dam is falling by around 6” a week, so take care on the water as there is a massive amount of sunken timber forests under the water and more and more are becoming visible every trip.

Fish with confidence,

Dale Smith

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