Fish Report - 28th August 2014

At this stage the weekend weather around the Bundaberg area is looking like a great chance to wet a line, with light winds expected right through until Monday.

However, it looks like there will be a fair ocean swell running, pushed up from the large low pressure systems down south.

Good numbers of blue salmon have still been caught in the Burnett River during the past week. Live prawns and mullet baits were accounting for most of the catches. I’ve also heard of a few salmon caught on 30g Vibes as well as 4” and 5” Z-man soft plastics. The bream fishermen have also been landing some cracking fish with the North Wall and Kirby’s being two of the hot spots.

The water temperature currently is sitting around 21 to 22 degrees in the rivers so it won’t be long before species like barramundi and mangrove jacks start smashing our lures and baits.

All of our other local rivers from Baffle Creek to the Elliott River are well worth a try this weekend.

On the freshwater scene, the Lake Monduran barra are just starting to liven up as the water temperature slowly rises. The techniques that have been working well involve fishing shallow sandy points with wind and current flow pushing onto them. This will hold slightly warmer water with more bait activity. The hot lures like Jackall Squirrels and Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows and soft plastics in Fuze Barra Baits have been very popular.

Good numbers of bass are still being caught at Lake Gregory. Surface action early morning and late afternoon is going well but should only improve as the day gets warmer. Once the sun rises try casting lightly weighted soft plastics and spinner baits towards the edges and slow roll them back to your boat. Most anglers are managing to land quite a few bass each session.

Finally, there have been good reports of large yellowbelly being caught at Mingo Crossing at the top end of Paradise Dam, using live shrimp. This is a top option and a nice spot to spend with the family and catch a few fish.

Until next time,
Dale Smith