12th February 2015

It’s been another great start to February this year around the Bundaberg region. Unfortunately for this weekend, it looks like the south-easterlies will be blowing, so I would recommend fishing the local rivers and impoundments to land a fish or two.

It’s been fantastic to see that the grunter are back in the Burnett River in big numbers. Reports of grunter to 60cm are common with a lot of fish just over 40cm being caught lately on the gravel patches. A mate and I had a top session on Sunday morning landing 40-50 fish on soft plastics. We had the most success on 4” Gulp Swimming Mullet in a variety of colours rigged on ¼ ounce jig heads. Often the key to fishing the Burnett is fishing the tide changes with the first hour and a half of the run-in tide tending to produce better fish. A quality sounder made our job a lot easier to locate the school of grunter, then either set up a drift run over the fish or spot lock or anchor and cast to the fish you’ve targeted.

There have been good reports of mangrove jack in both the Kolan and Burnett Rivers during the past week. Two hot lures that worked well fishing near rock bars and structure were the 4” Zman Swimmerz or the Jackall Tranzams. Working both close to the bottom has been successful.

Keen anglers have been catching some big summer whiting on small poppers over the shallows early mornings in the Elliott and Burnett Rivers.

On the freshwater scene, the Bill Proctor Memorial was held by the Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club at Lake Gregory last weekend. By all reports lots of bass were caught and everyone had a great weekend.

Lake Monduran has seen water levels rise to within a metre of the spillway, so hopefully once the water settles the barra should become more active and the dam should start to fish like it did last year.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith