Fishing Report - 23rd February, 2017

It’s been another great start to the year on the fishing scene around the Bundaberg region.

Unfortunately the south-easterlies are predicted to pick up to around the 20-25 knots this weekend, restricting any offshore fishing trips.

The good news is that the bigger boats that headed out last weekend all reported landing a quality mixed bag, including parrot, sweetlip, hussar, cod and the odd spanish mackerel.  The only down side was the mount of sharks, and most of the better fish that were hooked were taken by them on the way up.

The Burnett River has continued to fish very well with good reports of grunter up to 60cm being caught on a regular basis.  At this time of the year the grunter are responding well to soft plastics, with the Gulp 4” Swimming Mullet rigged on a ¼ ounce jighead being one of my “go to” lures.

When fishing the Burnett, try fishing the first of the run-in tide.  This is when some of the better sized fish have been hooked.

Other species include flathead, mangrove jack, barramundi, blue salmon, estuary cod and queenfish, which have all been caught in all of our local rivers and creeks this past week.

The first Bass Nation Barra round was held up at Teemburra Dam, west of Mackay last weekend and it was awesome to see two Bundy teams finish in the top ten – against some of the best barra fishermen in the country.

Back closer to home, Lake Monduran is fishing very well.  I believe the dam fishes best in March and April as the water temperature starts to fall.  The barra then start hunting bait up on the shallow flats, which makes them easier to target.

The dam is currently falling around six inches a week and new snags and weed islands are showing up every day.  All of the smaller barra caught this week have been around the 60cm mark and in top condition, so if all goes to plan, these fish will be up to 80-90 cm by the next summer, making Lake Monduran the place to come to hook a big impoundment barra once again.


Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith
Tackle World Bundaberg