Fish Report - 1st May 2014

Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter/Anzac break this year. It was great to see that heaps of people got out and made the most of the fantastic weather conditions around the Bundaberg area over that period.

The fishing in the past week in the local rivers has been excellent due to large amounts of baitfish and mainly prawns that seem to be everywhere at the moment.

The Burnett River has been the place to be. Good numbers of prawns are being caught in all the popular haunts from around the Port, Strathdees, Millaquin and Splitters Creek with the better numbers of good quality prawns coming from the deeper parts of the river. Please take note that cast-netting is prohibited in the Burnett River between the creek at the Rowers Club and the western tip of Harriet Island.

The large amount of bait in the river has made the fishing red hot lately, with large threadfin salmon around the magic metre mark. They have been very active and the switched-on anglers have been targeting them on small Vibe-style lures, soft plastics as well as well-presented baits, with some nice fish being landed between the Port and the mount of the river.

On the offshore scene out from Bundy, some nice mackerel and large queenfish have been caught on the closer reefs between the leads at the mouth of the Burnett and Elliott Heads. Most boats that ventured out further all reported good catches of mixed reef fish with some good quality red emperor and coral trout amongst them. Let’s hope the run of bad weather is behind us, and as winter gets closer some snapper start showing up.

Over the weekend I ventured up to Lake Monduran to try and catch a few barramundi. The water temperature was up around 26 degrees and the fish seemed to be very active. I managed to land seven barra – the largest of them being 86cm, and I also witnessed around twelve fish being caught in the same area.

The key to success was to find a shallow sloping sandy point into the water that had some structure – snags out in 2-3 metres of water. The best method is to cast suspending lures and soft plastics worked slowly with plenty of pauses back to the boat.

So, get up to lovely Lake Monduran and have a crack at these fantastic sports fish before the weather cools down for winter.

Till next time,
Dale Smith