Fish Report - 19th June 2014

If you are planning an early morning fishing session, you might need to make sure you are rugged up for those cold starts the Bundaberg area has been experiencing in the past week or so.

In the Burnett River there are still good numbers of bream around, being caught on soft plastics, baits and trolled deep-diver lures. Good sized fish of 35cm specimens are still around. An odd king salmon is still showing up being caught on big metal blades or grub-style soft plastics, especially in white. These are generally early morning fish but can still be caught on any tide or time of the day.

A hard dirty-fighting fish that can be great fun on light tackle - flathead on soft plastics, especially on more vibrant colours which seem to be working the best. A slow twitch of the plastic should produce the goods. Flathead like movement in baits, lures and soft plastics. They are ambush predators, lying in wait ready to pounce.

Whiting have been a bit scarce as they generally like the warmer waters. Wait until the sun is up a bit and target those sand flats on a run-in tide. Whiting can be caught in deep water as well, but most are found in the shallows like the flathead.

You should manage to get out to the offshore grounds now that we are getting some calmer days. Mackerel will be harder to find. They school up now but can still be found in reef areas with sharp rises. Troll your favourite diving lures and again mix up the colours. Have one trolling deep and the other a bit shallower to find where they are. However, all manner of reef dwellers should be on the move and it’s a good time to get some coral trout on live hussars or octopus-style lures. Strip baits will always attract all species and red emperor really go for fresh strip baits.

The barramundi up at Lake Monduran will start to slow down now as the water temperature drops. So, they will still be there but you will have to really hammer the areas you are targeting with those suspending lures. Have plenty on hand so you can mix up the colours being put in their face. After going past a few times, they will instinctively strike as it is their natural way. Lake Monduran is a very big area so a GPS is essential to find your way around and get back home. There are so many places for a barra to hide. Try going into heavy timber areas – the very heart of them. This is a good starting point and then really be prepared to put in a lot of casts. Some good barra of 80cm have been captured by our local gurus, Dale Smith and the legendary Shane Anderson. These guys really have the know-how and will get you set to barra fish.

Enjoy the fishing everyone and fish hard,

Brett Robinson.