Fish Report - 17th July 2014

The fishing in the Bundaberg region during the past week has been fantastic. The days have definitely got a lot cooler and it has not been uncommon to see frost covering everything outside.

This latest cold snap has stirred up some really good sized bream. Most of the fish have been caught by bait fishing on the many rock walls throughout the Burnett River. Mullet fillets, chook gut and fresh prawns have been the three most popular baits. The lure anglers have also been doing well using soft plastics and vibes. Anglers chasing the bream have been reporting mixed catches of bream, trumpeter, river jewies and heaps of small trevally hanging on any structure in the river.

The most action lately has been on flathead. They seem to be everywhere at the moment, from the mouth of the Burnett at Skyringville right up the Burnett to the mouth of Splitters Creek. These fish have been responding well to most of the popular plastics as well as well-presented live and dead baits.

There have been good reports of nice bream, flathead and even a few mangrove jacks still being caught up in the Baffle on soft plastics and yabbies.

The whiting seem to have schooled up a little further south from Woodgate in to the bay. The fish are plentiful but are only mid-sized with the odd better whiting amongst them.

On the freshwater scene, the bass at Lake Gregory are still being caught on both the edges and on schooled fish in the middle. A quality sounder is essential to locate these schools. Most local lads have been doing well catching bass on plastics and blades.

The barra up at Lake Monduran have slowed a little bit by the reports we receive from the two guides operating on the dam, although good barra are still being caught. Of course, with the water temperature being so low a little thought is needed to pick a location and time to fish on the dam. Late afternoon sessions have been more productive, with suspending hard-bodied lures still doing the damage.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith