Fish Report - 20th November 2014

Fishing the Burnett River

It looks like the northerly winds that we have at this time every year have kicked in and boosted water temperatures up. This weekend, winds are expected to reach around 10 knots from the north east, so it should not be a bad weekend to get out in the great outdoors and wet a line.

Last weekend, Across the Waves held their annual fishing competition in our local area. By all reports, most anglers managed to weigh in a few fish with the Burnett producing some good flathead. These are a fantastic sport fish and can be caught using many different techniques.

The Burnett River fished very well last weekend, unfortunately the wind made fishing very uncomfortable, but those anglers who fished in the sheltered waters in the town reach, at Fairymead Bend, Austoft Rocks and Splitters Creek found these areas to be hot spots.

We managed to catch some nice flatties using Pulse vibes in the town reach in deeper water and with 4” Zman plastics by working in the shallows up around the sand bars in Splitters.

The amount of estuary cod in the river is amazing. The biggest that we saw was 60cm which was caught working along Kirbys wall. As well as flathead, good numbers of bream, whiting, trumpeter and mangrove jack were all brought to the weigh in station.

Some top quality jacks and flatheads were caught in the upper reaches of the Elliott River on lures and live baits

Good reports have also come in from those who fished the Burrum River. Excellent quality grunter, salmon, flathead, whiting and mangrove jack were recently caught in this great river. Hopefully the grunter will continue to fish as well as they did last year.

A few boats got stuck into a heap of spotty and Spanish mackerel off Elliott Heads and Woodgate early last week, while the winds were light. Catching live fresh bait is the key to success.

On the freshwater scene, Lake Gregory is fishing well. The bass seem to be holding in the deeper parts of the lake and guys have been picking them up on soft plastics, blades and tailspinners doing the damage.

Lake Monduran is still a little slow. Both guides have reported huge amounts of fish on their sounders, but have only been landing a few barra per session. The hot lures on the dam still are the Jackall squirrels and 4” Zman plastics rigged weedless on a chinlock hook.

Fish with confidence,

Dale Smith
Tackle World Bundaberg