Fish Report - 24th April, 2014

Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break this year. The weather around the Bundaberg area over the past week or so was just magic with light winds and glassed out seas. Some anglers have reported that it was the best it had been for years.

The reef fishermen that had the opportunity to wet a line weren’t disappointed. There were good reports of sweetlip, coral trout, cod and red emperor being caught. Locations that provided some nice fish were both gutters and out around Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave islands, as well as the reefs further north.

The mackerel have slowed a little but are still in good numbers between Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads. The Two Mile Reef off Bargara and the Cochrane Artificial Reef are still the most productive. Down towards Woodgate it looks like the mackerel have moved on with only the odd fish being caught.

Last weekend the Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic was held and with great weather conditions I’m sure everyone that attended had a great time. By all reports the fish were on the chew with nice bream, flathead, whiting, grunter and threadfin salmon all weighed in. there were good numbers of crabs and prawns down that way also.

The Burnett River still remains one of the most consistent estuaries in our area. Switched-on anglers have caught good numbers of large bream, flathead and salmon lately. One of the top lures was the Shads Vibe in the Hardyhead colour. Some top threadfin around the metre mark have also been caught during the past month.

Over at the Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) the bass are firing and have been caught on all techniques. Top water lures early and as the day heats up, blades, soft vibes and soft plastics have been doing the damage on schooled fish in the main basin.

Over Easter at Lake Monduran quite a few barra were caught. For the week, one couple boated eleven barra between 60-85cm. The water temperature is still up around 24 to 25 degrees which is plenty to entice a barra to strike. So, now would be a good chance to have a crack at these fantastic sports fish before the days cool down.

Till next time,
Dale Smith