5th February, 2015

With moderate south-easterlies and a large swell forecast from ex-tropical cyclone Ola, we would suggest fishing the local estuaries and impoundments around the Bundaberg area this weekend. Both options have been fishing well during the past week or so.

Last weekend the bigger boats that went offshore in the window of good weather all reported landing some quality reef and pelagic fish.

The Burnett River seems to be loaded with grunter of all sizes. The boys had a top session last weekend landing heaps of grunter with a few up to 60cm. Once you locate the school of grunter on your sounder, start targeting them using 4” Gulp soft plastics rigged on either 1/4 or 3/8 weighted jig heads. As well as grunter there have been a few large fingermark, barra, mangrove jack and threadfin salmon smashing the massive amounts of bait fish in the Burnett.

Lake Gregory remains one of Queensland’s most reliable bass fisheries, and the bass have been smashing surface lures early mornings and late afternoon. All styles have been working but the Cultiva Zip ‘n’ Ziggy has been one of my personal favourites.

It is great to see that anglers are starting to catch a few small saratoga, so it looks like the fish have settled in well and are ready to feed. As the day heats up casting TN60 Jackalls to the weed edges has been doing the damage.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith