Fish Report - 25th July 2013

With the onset of colder mornings and freshening south-easterly winds around the Bundaberg area, offshore fishing will probably be out, but the estuaries and the Burnett River will be firing with big bream and grunter.

If you can get out to the Cochrane Artificial Reef, or any of the inshore rubble grounds, snapper are on!! Winter is a good time to target snapper as they like the cooler temperatures and will be on the chew. Fresh baits are best and they will readily take a squid, pilchard or garfish. Snapper will also hit a slow-trolled deep diving lure. So, if you can brave the cold, get out there and get into them.

Now that the Burnett has recovered from the recent floods, it is all happening. Plenty of species have been making their way back up the river and are now on the chew. There still been good catches of bream up to 40cm and even over-sized grunter.

Amongst the newly created structure, try flicking a hard metal blade to capture a feisty bream on light gear. Grunter have been taken mostly on baits, but some soft plastics will do the trick. Reports of jewfish as well have been caught in the upper reaches of town especially under the bridges.

The Elliott River has been producing good catches of whiting on the incoming tides. A variety of both prawn baits and soft plastic worms have been working well. Whiting love the shallows, gathering in good numbers at the entrances of small creeks or waterways, ready to push up onto the shallows to chase their prey.

Flathead have slowed a bit in the Elliott as they like the warmer days to sit on the edges and ambush their dinner.

Before the cold snap this week, the barra at Lake Monduran were moving about and plenty were caught on Jackall Squirrels and Lucky Craft Pointers. These are excellent lures for the barra as they like the vibrations the lures put out. Vibrant coloured lures should work well.

Until next time,

Happy fishing,
Brett Robinson.