Fish Report - 6th November 2014

G’day, guys. Hope everyone had a good week and there has been lots of bent rods and screaming drags.

At this stage the weather report for the Bundaberg area for this weekend is looking very good. Both Saturday and Sunday will be a great chance for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.

Tackle World Bundaberg team members, Bart and Matt fished the Baffle Creek Family Fishing competition last weekend and both said it was a top weekend with some nice fish caught. The boys targeted barra until noon on Saturday when the closed barra season started. They managed to land a few smaller barra and some nice mangrove jack for the weekend.

The Kolan River has also fished reasonably well now that the water temperature is up around 25 to 26 degrees. Species like Mangrove jack seem to be smashing most presentations being soft or hard body lures. Live baits as well as strip baits of fillets have all been very effective on the jacks, some of which have been over 50cm and very challenging to land.

Good number of flathead are being caught around most sand and rock bars and are always a welcome by-catch.

The Burnett River has been a little hot and cold. There is still massive schools of bait fish in the town reach with tarpon, trevally and other pelagics smashing through them on the surface and larger fish like jacks, jewfish and salmon holding closer to the bottom. The North Wall has been another hot spot in the past few weeks massive flathead, fingermark, jack, grunter and mackerel have been taking all baits.

Lake Gregory has also been on fire. The surface bite first up in the mornings has been fantastic. Any small poppers or stick baits walked across the shallows should do the trick. Once the day heats up try targeting the bass with lightly weighted plastics, blades, spinnerbaits or, what worked well on my last trip, was the Nories Tail Spinners in 7g that did the damage.

The action at Lake Monduran last weekend picked up with most people hooking the mighty barramundi. The fish are averaging around the 80-90cm mark and your knots, line and gear need to be top notch to land these fantastic sportfish.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith