Fish Report - 11th December 2014

At this time of the year in the magical part of the world around Bundaberg, the days are really hot and humid with the threat of thunderstorms most afternoons – perfect conditions for jack fishing! They just love this type of weather, it really fires them up.

The Burnett River continues to fire through December. Mangrove jacks seem to be the main species targeted by lure and bait fishermen and there has been some cracking fish caught. Salmon, flathead and grunter have also been caught in good numbers in the Burnett during the past week.

Closer to Burnett Heads has also been producing some top quality pelagic action including tuna, mackerel and queenfish chasing the massive bait schools. Casting small metal slugs or trolling lures around the edges of the bait schools has been producing good results. Since the rain we had last week a few mud crabs and prawns have showed up, so if might be time to dust off your cast nets and pots and catch a feed of seafood in the lead up to Christmas.

The Elliott River is also fishing well for big jack in the upper parts and there are also good reports of river prawns just starting to show up in the deeper holes. Good quality flathead and whiting have been caught on the sand bars closer to the mouth.

The Burrum River is another good option to fish at this time of the year. There are so many options to fish this system. Upstream there are three main systems you can explore – the Gregory, the Isis and the main Burrum. All hold nice fish. Good numbers of grunter are in the deeper channels opposite Burrum Heads, providing anglers with good action mainly on soft vibes and soft plastics.

Lake Gregory has been fishing well this week. Matthew Horvath did a trip out to this picturesque little impoundment in amongst the pine forest, and managed to land a very nice bass.

Lake Monduran up near Gin Gin is starting to fire up. A local angler landed three nice barra last Friday afternoon, all on suspending hard body lures, but also had some good hits on soft plastics. The barra seem to be hanging in the deeper water up the backs of windward bays and in the late afternoon they come up into the shallows and seem to be actively feeding. The amount of barra we are seeing is amazing and is well worth fishing the back of the bays with confidence and target this magnificent sport fish.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith