How good is it to receive at least a bit of rain around the Bundaberg area over the past week? Let’s hope this continues into the rest of 2020. With only one week left of the school holidays, next week is looking like a great chance to get out and wet a line.
Apart from a few showers, the offshore forecast is looking fantastic over the next few days, giving you a great chance to get out there. Plenty of nice red emperor, coral trout, grass sweetlip and red throat emperor have been caught recently. The only downside is that almost everyone we talk to has had a problem with losing fish to sharks.
Most of the inshore reefs along the Bundaberg coastline are fishing very well. Grey and school mackerel are around in good numbers and are being caught using lightly-weighted pilchards on gang hooks. Another popular technique has been using 20g soft vibes fished closer to the bottom. You can catch almost anything using this technique on the shallow reefs, but plenty of quality grunter have been keeping anglers entertained lately.
THE BURNETT RIVER
With the little bit of rain, the Burnett continues to produce some nice mud crabs. A few prawns have also showed up around Rubyanna and through to the Port. Estuary cod are in plague proportions along all of the rock walls, as well as some cracking mangrove jack and flathead. It’s great to see good numbers of northern whiting come back into the Burnett also, with fresh yabbies and prawns working a treat.
This small impoundment near Maryborough has been a favourite for many years and I can report that it is fishing very well for Australian bass and barramundi. At this time of the year you’ve got a great chance to catch fish as the barra are playing the game on both suspending hard body lures and weedless soft plastics. The latest barra that we have landed was 83cm, which was fantastic fun. Just keep in mind that you need a Stocked Impoundment Permit to fish Lenthalls, and the gate is opened by the local Ranger at 6.00am and closed at 8.00pm each night. You can camp at the lake overnight on well-maintained camp grounds.
Lake Monduran has been another very popular destination over the school holidays for anglers chasing the Golden Barra. Although the water level in Monduran is dropping quickly, plenty of barra are willing to play the game. The hot technique has been casting to the tree tops in 6-8 metres of water. Anglers have had success casting Luckycraft Pointers, Jackall Squirrels and large soft plastics through the tree tops. Try to look for the biggest tree with the most structure as these often hold more barra. Most of the barra are finding comfort in the deeper water with the water temperature over 30 degrees.
Till Next time
Fish with confidence