Fish Report - 16th October 2014

At this stage it looks like the south-easterly winds around the Bundaberg area will be blowing up around 15-20 knots all weekend. Luckily enough our local rivers and dams continue to produce some nice fish.

The topic of the week has been the amount of pelagic species just of our coastline. Mackeral seem to be holding on any sort of structure with the Two Mile off Bargara and the Cochrane Artificial Reef being two hot spots.

Tackle World team member, Mitchell has had some top sessions chasing the mackerel using metal flasher lures worked fast, close to the bottom. As well as mackerel he has encountered queenfish up to the one metre mark and large jewies using the same technique. These fish go hard on light gear. Mitch has been complaining that his small, little arms have been sore all week, but his photos don’t lie!

The Burnett River has been a little hot and cold. I’ve heard of good numbers of threadfin salmon back in the river down around the port. These fish have been targeted using live baits like mullet, sprat or prawns. As well as lures, anglers have been using soft 5” plastics and plastic vibes such as Tranzams and Shads lures. Once again, those putting in a few hours at night have been reaping the rewards with some nice fish like barramundi, salmon and quality grunter being caught in the town reach.

By all reports the Kolan River is still doing well. Most guys have got success stories of the one that didn’t get away. Mangrove jack are finally starting to get active on most rock bars throughout this system. A few flathead and quality whiting are also being caught from the mid reaches through to the mouth.

This weekend is the Win Television Monduran Family Fishing Classic, at Lake Monduran near Gin Gin. This is always a great family weekend with lots of lucky draws and major prizes to be won. There is $1,000 on offer for the longest overall legal barra (senior) and $500 for the heaviest legal bass (senior) and $500 for the heaviest overall catfish (senior). By all reports a few barra are starting to fire up so come up and have a great time at one of the biggest freshwater comps in Queensland. I will be there, along with most of the Tackle World Bundaberg team members. Hope to see you there.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith