Finally, it’s nice to be able to report about some decent weather for the Bundaberg area for this weekend. I’m sure all the kids will make the most of the lighter winds for the last weekend of the school holidays.
After weeks of terrible weather, it’s nice to see a few nice days on the horizon. At this stage Sunday is looking to be the better of the two days to venture out offshore from Bundaberg. Let’s hope we can report some good catches next week, and as always, check your local forecast prior to heading out as things can change.
BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Anglers who have put in a little effort in the school holidays in both of these systems have been well rewarded. Some big summer whiting and flathead have been landed towards the mouths in both the Baffle and the Kolan. The deeper channels have also provided some fantastic grunter over 60cm. Further upstream the odd mangrove jack and barramundi have still been active with strips of mullet as well as soft plastics between 3-4 inches working a treat.
The good old Burnett River is looking fantastic once again. The river is alive with prawns and baitfish, therefore attracting the larger predators. Some nice queenfish and grunter have been caught around the Tallon Bridge. Further upstream big summer whiting and flathead have been caught on the sand flats around Splitters Creek. With the slightly cooler mornings the healthy bream population in the Burnett should start to fire up. There has already been some impressive bream caught over the school holidays, so let’s hope this continues. There is also good numbers of mud crabs and banana prawns about, which would be a great way to wrap up the holidays.
Now that the water temperature has just started to fall, the Australian bass will tend to school up towards the deeper parts of this awesome small impoundment. Once the bass school up they are easy to locate with side-imaging electronics and they can be caught using many different techniques. Trolling hard body lures that dive between 3-5 metres is an effective method as well as casting soft plastics, tailspinners and vibes through these suspended fish.
Last Friday night, the Lake Monduran Holiday Park and the Lake Monduran Sponsor A Barra group held an information evening at the park. It was fantastic to see around 60 keen anglers take part. The night started with a free sausage sizzle, then Rob from Guidelines Charters explained what gear, lures and techniques he uses on his charters. The night finished up with Tim Mulhall from Tackle World Bundaberg giving a talk about using sounders and side-imaging.
On the Saturday morning the boats left the ramp at 6.00am for a guided tour of Lake Monduran, highlighting prime spots to catch the barramundi, which are a fantastic sports fish. I can recall around ten barra being landed Saturday morning, making the weekend a huge success. It was a great way to learn more about Lake Monduran and how to catch those elusive barra, so keep an eye out for more of these information sessions being held in the future.
Fish with confidence,