Fish Report - 20th March 2014

With so many fishing destinations in and around the Bundaberg area, it’s hard to decide just where to wet a line.

Just a reminder to always check your local weather stations to get the latest update before heading out. Seabreeze – - and the Bureau of Meterology – - are just a couple of weather sites on the internet to check what’s going on.

This weekend may be out for those wanting to head offshore, but there are always the local impoundments, creeks and estuaries to try your luck. It’s not always about catching and taking fish, but enjoying the experience.

So, here’s what’s going on in the local systems:
Baffle Creek is an extensive system where you can target mangrove jack, barra and all of your whiting, bream and flathead. Try throwing your favourite suspending lure at jacks and barra - work them, twitch them as to excite the fish into a bite. Sand bars on a run-in tide will always produce whiting, bream and flathead. Your humble prawn will do the trick most of the time, as just about everything eats prawns. Spend a good day at the Baffle as there is lots to explore, especially if you have a kayak - the silent approach will always work best.

The Burnett River is still producing good runs of big bream which is a good sign for the winter. You will see the bigger bream in good numbers this season. Soft plastics are dynamite for bream and don’t forget about a small, shallow-diving lure as well. Try around rock bars and pylons for them. A slow troll in the river will produce flathead and estuary cod as well, and these are great on light gear. There has been good numbers of king salmon still, especially underneath shady overhangs or under the bridges at night. Live mullet will work best. Any live baits will do the trick for bigger fish such as barra, jacks and salmon. Be patient and persistent and you will be rewarded.

The Elliott River has been a bit slow but you can still manage to get a feed of whiting on sandworms, prawns and freshly pumped yabbies. With the fishing a bit slow, try putting some crab pots in – there are a few mudcrabs about. Mullet heads will be the best baits for muddies.

The Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) is a great escape if you want a freshwater experience. Bass are the main target species here, which can be targeted on surface lures early in the morning or later in the day on blades lures or sinking lures with plenty of rattles in them. Spinnerbaits are also effective around the timber structures. If the fish aren’t biting it is still a lovely impoundment where you can kick back with the bird life, lily pads and a cut lunch.

Happy fishing,
Brett Robinson