Fish Report - 9th Otcober 2014

The full moon on Wednesday night this week will mean big tides and lots of run. The weather for this weekend around the Bundaberg area doesn’t look too bad with winds expected to be under 10 knots and the skies mostly sunny.

Fishing in the Burnett River has been a popular option during the past week. There has been some nice whiting up top 40cm caught near Kirby’s Wall and the sand bars at Strathdee’s. Still the odd blue salmon and grunter being caught and a lot of tarpon and queenfish smashing the bait up near the surface - top fun on light tackle and small soft plastics and blades. There has also been reports of a few barra hitting live baits around the bridges, mainly at night.

Offshore, most guys have been doing very well by all reports. Good catches of snapper, tusk fish, hussar, sweetlip and cod being caught on all popular marks, but the angler willing to explore and find new country usually produces the better fish. School mackerel have started to show up in good numbers and are being caught from Burrum Heads right through to 1770 at the moment on the shallow reefs close in to shore. All techniques are working but live baits seem to be the most popular method the guys are using.

The Kolan River has been very active. Now the water is starting to heat up the jacks are really starting to get aggressive and are attacking most baits and lures that get in their way. Still a few reports of good whiting and flathead around the sand bars and out in front of Miara, but it sounds like the toad fish population is still there in good numbers.

Lake Gregory held the latest round of the ABT Bass Electric Series last Sunday. By all reports, lots of bass were caught. The Renz twins took out first and second place with some quality bass. The hot technique was throwing 4” soft plastics as well as tail spinners.

The annual Win Television Monduran Family Fishing Classic is on next weekend (18th and 19th of October), at Lake Monduran. This is still one of the largest freshwater fishing events in Queensland. This year there will again be daily catch prizes and lots of lucky draws, including a boat, motor and trailer package for senior entrants. Entry fees can be paid at Tackle World Bundaberg until the 14th, or you can pay at the dam when you get there. If you are over 18 years old and plan on fishing you will need a SIPS permit which can also be purchased at Tackle World Bundaberg, or at the kiosk at the Lake Monduran Holiday Park. Competition information and entry forms can also be downloaded from the website at

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith