Fish Report - 28th March, 2013

Since the recent flood here in Bundaberg, the fishing has been a bit slow in some of our estuary systems. In our region, the Burnett, Kolan and Elliott Rivers as well as Baffle Creek were all affected in some way.

However, all is not lost. After a while the systems start to clean up and the fish return. After all the rain we had, the prawns are now showing up and they are in good numbers. If you use the wash of your boat right along the banks of the rivers and creeks, you can usually see where they are. It should be a good season for them.

The mouth of the Burnett River is now good again for various pelagics such as school mackerel, tuna and queenfish chasing schools of bait. Great fun on light gear and inexpensive entertainment on the water.

Whiting in all of the systems are also great to catch and make an excellent meal. Freshly pumped yabbies are great, but you still can’t beat prawns.

With the cooler months arriving, that generally brings lighter winds and calmer mornings. If you are able to brave the colder mornings, head offshore early and fish some of the rubble grounds and reef structure for a variety of species. Always float a bait out whilst fishing the bottom – many a rogue spanish is often hanging about in the early morning looking for a feed. They certainly top up the esky.

Reef fishing is great fun. You never know what is going to bite next. Fresh baits are best.

Happy fishing and be safe on the water.

Brett Robinson