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23rd of May 2024

Inshore
Our inshore reefs are on fire again this week, from pelagic fish to trout, cod, grunter and some snapper they are producing some awesome fishing. For those chasing mackerel finding the bait has been key, trolling some hardbody lures or whole garfish has worked well to find the schoolies, greys and some of the big spanish that have been in close. Once you have found the good numbers of mackerel dropping down Flasha spoons and retrieving them back to the boat has been the go.
Good numbers of longtail tuna have also started to show themselves more, looking for bust ups and birds working above is a dead giveaway that there is tuna in the area. Casting Arma Anchovy metal lures past the feeding tuna and winding it back through has got the best results. Daiwa Bait Junkie 5inch jerk tail soft plastics in any of the pink colours have worked great when rigged on a 1/2oz to 1oz 5/0 or 6/0 jig head.
Some cracking grunter and snapper have also moved in close on reefs like the 2 Mile, Artificial off Elliott Heads, Ryans patch off Burnett Heads and any of the other patchy ground that is holding bait. Soft vibes and 5 inch jerk tail soft plastics hopped along the bottom are deadly on both of these species. Try fishing for these fish in the early mornings and late afternoons, these fish love feeding around these times and will continue to feed into the night too!

Offshore
It’s safe to say that offshore fishing has not been a go this week, that South Easterly has been howling and the swell out wide has not been pretty. Fortunately though, this little break means that by the time we can get out again the fishing should be red hot.
The trout have been in great numbers in areas like the Northern Gutter, 15 mile Gutter, Warrego’s, Herolds and any isolated bommies. Whole squid and pilchards rigged on a set of gang hooks have been the standout baits to get the trout to bite. If you are into lure fishing you really can’t go past a 127mm Samaki Live Shrimp in the Golden Carrot colour, it is our favorite lure for big trout!
Great numbers of hussar, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, and spangled emperors have also been caught at most of the common patches of reef on a variety of techniques.
Plenty of big cobia are still around the wrecks and steep ledges and drop offs in 15-40m of water. Whole squid and cuttlefish are a big cobia’s favourite as well as a soft plastic or metal jig if you want to catch them on lures.

Burnett River
The Burnett River is still fishing red hot! The bream and grunter have absolutely been on the chew over the last week. Most of these fish are being caught around the bridges in Town but also along the rocks at Kirby’s Wall and right at the mouth along the Northern and Southern Walls. Floating out whole sprat and prawns have got these fish to bite consistently. Small soft plastics hopped around the structure has also worked great with plenty of by-catch as well which has mainly been small cod and trevally. The blue salmon have definitely started to move in with some smaller fish being caught in Town Reach and Fairymead in the usual spots. Some good sized jacks are also still on the chew around the rock bars and up the creeks, most of these jack have been caught on live baits. The crabbing and prawning is also red hot at the moment so definitely make sure to throw the pots in and have a few throws of the cast net when you can!

Kolan River
Over the last few weeks we have seen the Kolan continually producing for most anglers whether bait fishing, lure fishing or even for those crabbing. Good sized flathead, bream and grunter are being caught on the sand flats towards the mouth of the river. Drifting the drop offs and sand flats with whole prawns, whole sprat or fresh yabbies have all been getting good results. Small soft plastics like the Daiwa Baitjunkie 3.2 inch minnow has been working really well for the lure fishos. Those who love to do a bit of crabbing should be keen to get a few pots in the water as we have heard good reports this week from those giving it a red hot crack.

Elliott River
The Elliott has been fishing very well for whiting, bream and grunter. Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the shallow sand bars on the incoming tide has been doing the damage for the whiting with some solid grunter being caught as well. Hopping curl tail soft plastics over the shallow sand flats and drop offs has got most anglers into some grunter and flathead action as well. There has also been some solid queenfish cruising around the mouth of this system, floating out whole sprat or casting around some soft plastics and hardbody lures should see some of these fish. The crabbing in this river has been sensational, be sure to drop the pots in over the weekend for a good chance at a healthy buck or two!

Baffle Creek
The Baffle has been producing some very nice whiting and grunter over the past week! The whiting have been smashing yabbies and beach worms fished in the shallows over yabbie banks. With the full moon tonight fishing the night time incoming tide will be the ideal time to get a feed of whiting. The grunter have been taking a liking to 3” soft plastics worked over the gravel beds and a few of these are also being caught up in the shallows when targeting whiting. If you’re more into your bait fishing using mullet fillet or prawns will be a good bait to get the grunter to bite. With those big night tides this weekend be sure to drop the crab pots in for a tasty feed of mud crab. Middle channel has been producing some good numbers of crab along with the creeks towards the mouth of the river.

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is fishing really well again this week with some absolute stud bass being caught! The cooler mornings and afternoons has slowed the edge bite down so fishing the schools of fish hanging off the drop offs and in the deep has been working a treat. Sounding around to find good numbers of fish is a quick way to locate a school of fish. Once you know where they are sitting slow rolling soft plastics through the school of fish is a great starting point. Switching up your lure with a vibe presentation like a blade, hard vibe or a soft vibe is a good idea too. Sometimes a simple change of lure is all these bass need to bite so don’t be afraid to mix things up. If you find the bass are out in the deep but are schooled up mid water or only a few meters from the surface, a suspending hardbody lure is usually a great option. This lure allows you to sit the lure dead in the strike zone right in front of the bass’s face and most of the time will get you a bite.

Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran is fishing well despite the cooler water temp, a lot of barra over the magic metre mark are being landed. The average size of the barra in the dam is getting out of control, it is pretty cool when the smaller barra are still 70cm and usually play up even more than the bigger fish! Those getting the results have been fishing shallow points and targeting the fish that are sitting on these points in 2-5m of water. Suspending jerkbaits have always been a staple when it comes to catching barra at Lake Monduran, and the last few weeks have been no different. Samaki Redic DS80’s are perfectly matching the profile of the bait in the dam at the moment, changing up the colour and your retrieve has been key to figuring out what these barra want however a simple twitch and long 5-10 second pause retrieve has worked great. Slow rolling a Berkley Shimma Pro Rig or Molix 140 Shad at night has also accounted for many barra hitting the deck. When fishing for these barra at night be sure to use a darker coloured lure as this creates a larger silhouette in the water making it easier for the barra to target your lure. Remember to fish with confidence, you never know when that magic metre barra is going to eat!

16th of May 2024

Inshore
Although the weather has definitely not been ideal we did have a nice weather window on the weekend and those who managed to head out did get into some solid fish. Heaps of school mackerel are still around in places like the 2 Mile, Elliott Heads Artificial, 4 Mile and any other patches of ground that is holding bait. Metal spoons dropped to the bottom and fast wound back in has been the most effective way to target these fish. If you are trying to find good numbers of mackerel trolling hardbody lures or metal spoons using a paravane are both great ways to find them. Some really good grunter and grass sweetlip have also been reported to be on the chew on patchy and rubbly ground, whole squid or soft plastics have got these fish to bite. Inshore ground like the 2 mile off Bargara is always a great spot to find these fish, late afternoon and into the night has seen the bigger grunter caught.

Offshore
Last weekend provided a great little window of opportunity to head out wide in chase of some cracking table fish. Mothers Day was the pick of the days and although the morning blew around 15knots by lunchtime it glassed off and was a cracking day. Plenty of fish were on the chew in the Gutters, Warregos, Herolds and in the flat country between Herolds and the tip of Fraser. With the small tides the flat country was holding great numbers of quality fish, drifting patches of ground was by far the best method. Using a set of gang hooks with either pilchard, squid or mullet fillet rigged naturally got the bites.

Burnett River
The Burnett has been producing some top quality fish with big bream, grunter and flathead being the standout’s! Whole prawns and sprat rigged with a light ball sinker fished along any of the rock walls has got the bite from the bream and grunter! For the people chasing flathead the hot spots has been any of the sandy drop offs throughout the river as well as the rock walls towards the mouth. Again, whole sprat and prawns have been the two go to baits for the flatties. A few scattered schools of blue salmon have been found in the river, these fish have been feeding around the low tide. Throwing Samaki soft vibes at these fish an hour either side of the low tide should give you a good chance at getting some to bite. The crabs and prawns have still been thick in this system, Skyringville has been a hot spot for the crabs if you can get through!

Kolan River
The Kolan has continued to produce some cracking grunter, flathead and bream this week with the go to technique definitely being fishing the sand flats and drop offs with a mix of mullet fillet and fresh yabbies. These fish have been on the chew all throughout the tide however the start of the incoming has seen more bites especially on the shallow flats and yabbie beds. Small topwater lures worked along the shallows during the incoming tide has got some awesome whiting and bream action as well as the odd flathead having a go as well. If you are fishing the Kolan be sure to have a look upriver as there is some good barra and jacks getting around up the top. If you can get your hands on some live bait be sure to give that a go especially if you can fish into the night.

Elliott River
The shallow flats in the Elliott have been full of baitfish and the flathead, bream and grunter haven’t been far away. The incoming tide has for sure been the best tide to be fishing this river, the predatory fish have been pushing up with the tide in search of an easy feed. The Daiwa 3.2inch bait Junkie is killing the flats at the moment! The deeper holes in this river has seen good numbers of grunter, cod and the odd jack. Whole sprat and prawns have been most anglers go to baits and they have certainly been getting the bite. A simple running ball sinker rig using a 15-20lb leader is working well at the moment, those hooking into some jack have gone up to a 30lb leader and have still managed to get the bites. The upper stretchers of this river system has seen good sized crabs being caught, the quality of these crabs has also been top notch.

Baffle Creek
Baffle Creek is fishing great at the moment, the late afternoon run out tide has been a perfect time to chase grunter and flathead along the sand bars and drop offs with soft plastics. Daiwa’s 3.2inch and 4.2inch Bait Junkie paddle tail soft plastics in the Creaming Soda UV colour have been slaying these fish. Those using bait have found whole sprat to be working really well either live or dead. Some really big bream are also on the move with whole sprat being a great option for these fish as well, fishing into the night around the rock bars has found good numbers of these big bream on the chew. The crabbing in this system is definitely looking good for the future with a lot of the bucks being caught at the moment coming in just undersize. There is still some really good sized bucks being caught in certain spots so be persistent as to find these areas. If you are staying at the Baffle for a few days a good trick is to use the first day or 2 to cover a lot of area with your pots by spreading them out. This will show you pretty quick where the better size and numbers of crabs are, once you have found a pattern you can put all of your eggs in one basket and get a great feed.

Lake Monduran
With the consistent sunny conditions this week we have seen the water temp in the lake stabilize and the fishing has heated back up. Targeting fish on the shallow points in 2-5m of water has been where most of the barra have been caught. When fishing these areas suspending hardbody lures are one of the best options as you are able to sit your lure in the strike zone which gives these barra plenty of opportunity to eat. Samaki Redic DS80’s have been the lures getting these barra to chew and they come ready to roll straight out of the packet. If you are fishing the dam ensure to fish hard around the Kolan River tide changes and any of the moon bite times as some of these times have been a great little bite window for these barra especially the 1m+ models. The South Arm of B, 2 Mile and Jacks have all had a lot of fish caught in them this week. Use your side scan to locate fish sitting on points and then persist, be sure to mix things up like your casts, retrieve and lures until you find out what is working.

9th of May 2024

Inshore
The inshore reefs have been producing some very nice fish! The spanish mackerel, school mackerel, mac tuna, snapper and grunter have definitely been the standout fish on the chew. The mackerel have been smashing slowly trolled gar rigged on a set of gang hooks and live baits set under a float while anchored. The snapper and grunter have been taking a liking to 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastic’s worked off the bottom. These fish have been hanging around the big schools of bait so using your sounder to locate the bait will put you in with a good shot at these snapper and grunter. If you’re more into bait fishing try using squid, prawns or pilchards as these have been getting the bite as well. Remember it is best to be targeting these fish either in the early mornings or late afternoons because they are the best bite times.

Offshore
Although the opportunities have been few and far between we have seen the offshore reefs and wrecks producing some insanely good fishing. Plenty of trophy sized coral trout, cobia and even red emperor have been caught. The standout techniques for the trout have been to be using prawn imitation lures worked off the bottom and lightly weighting pilchards sent to the bottom in around 20 meters of water. The reds are being caught using big flesh baits and squid in around 40 meters of water. Isolated structures surrounded by sand usually hold good reds so keep an eye on the sounder whilst travelling for any small pinnacles. Always remember to make the most out of the tide changes, that one hour either side of the tide can be the game changer for the day. The wrecks have held huge numbers of cobia, plenty of smaller fish around 80cm in length are being found but there is still the trophy fish up to the 1.5m mark being caught too.

Burnett River
The cooler weather we have had has definitely brought the water temp in the Burnett down and the blue salmon are starting to school up in some better numbers. This week has seen the salmon found at the Port and some solid fish along Fairymead. These fish are extremely bait orientated so find the big schools of bait and these salmon shouldn’t be far away. Hopping some soft vibes along the bottom and working them back to the boat with the current has got the bites. The sand flats around Kirby’s wall have fished great for flathead, bream and grunter this week. Floating out some yabbies or whole sprat have been the baits getting the bites. Hopping some soft plastics along the flats and drop offs has also picked up some quality fish with a few queenfish in the shallows feeding. The Burnett has also been crabbing and prawning really well, whole mullet in your pots has got the best results.

Elliott River
The Elliott is still producing some quality fish whilst the flats fishing has been on! Most of the species caught have been found in the shallow water or drop offs and have been on the chew. The flathead and grunter have been up in the shallows during the incoming tide and on the run out tide they have been along the drop offs. Throwing some whole sprat or small strips of mullet fillets onto the sand flats or along the drop offs has picked up some quality fish. Around the mouth of the river has seen some solid dart caught as well as queenfish and trevally. The deeper holes up the river have seen good numbers of fish schooled up with grunter, trevally and some blue salmon being caught. Small soft vibes hopped through the holes has got the bites. Plenty of good sized crabs are also on the move in this system, placing the pots in for an overnight soak has got the best results but even a few hours whilst you are fishing has been working great for a lot of anglers chasing a feed.

Baffle Creek
The Baffle is having a ripper few weeks of fishing and crabbing and although the water temp is cooling down some of the summer species are still on the chew. Cod and jack are being caught in this system around heavy structures like rock bars or big fallen trees. Live baits have been working a treat but whole prawns or strips of mullet have also done well. Using a lighter leader and sinker to get the bait to look more natural has been the key to getting the bites. The flats fishing in this river has been up there with some of the best it has been all year. Flathead, grunter, bream, queenfish and trevally are all being caught in the shallows feeding on bait and yabbies. If you are fishing the run in tide be sure to be casting lures or bait right into the shallows, if you are fishing the run out fish the slightly deeper edges or drop offs. The crabs have been up the creeks, those who are able to get right up the back have pulled some solid bucks when using plenty of bait in the pots!

Kolan River
The mouth of the Kolan River is fishing really well at the moment! Queenfish around the 50 to 80cm mark have been in big schools and have smashed a whole sprat floated out past some structure or along the sand flats! Some big flathead averaging 60cm have also been around and feeding on the shallow flats during the incoming tide and along the drop offs during the run out tide. Small hardbody lures either trolled or cast have been doing the damage. The shallow sand banks have also seen some good numbers of whiting, bream and grunter being caught, fresh yabbies have been the go to bait and fishing during the incoming tide for these fish has worked best. The crabs have also been on the move with once again placing your pots along the mangrove lined banks and up the skinny creeks being the go to places.

Lake Gregory
The bass fishing in the lake has been getting better and better as more fish have starting to school up in the open water. Finding schools of fish using a sounder is handy however looking for bait flickers, birds or any topwater action is a dead giveaway. Slow rolling soft plastics is a great way to target these bass schooled up in the deeper water. Slow rolling or twitching hardbody lures which get down to around the 3m mark are also a great option for when these bass are sitting deep.

Lake Monduran
This week has been a tough bite for Lake Monduran with anglers having to work hard for each opportunity. The water temp has dropped down to around the 22 degree mark with the cooler mornings and due to the rainy and overcast weekend we had. The late afternoon has been consistent with some of the bigger barra landed, fishing around the moon bite times and the Kolan River tide changes has been crucial to getting a bite. Samaki Redic DS80’s twitched slowly with long pauses in between have still been getting the bite. During the middle of the day the rat barra have been tucked right in close to the banks especially those with plenty of shade from overhanging trees or lily pads. Working your lure through the gaps in the lily pads has managed to get a few barra around the 50cm mark to chew during the middle of the day.

2nd of May 2024

Inshore
The inshore fishing right in close to our coastline has been incredible during the small weather windows we have had! The mouth of the Burnett right out along the leads and south along the coast towards Bargara has been absolutely riddled with baitfish. These massive schools of bait have brought with them plenty of mac tuna, all types of mackerel and the odd school of longtail tuna. If you are targeting tuna using lures, ensure the lure you’re using looks identical to the bait they are feeding on. Team member Josh has found best success using the Arma Anchovy metal slug’s in either the 18g or 25g versions. Casting them out past the busting up tuna and using a simple fast wind retrieve back to the boat has been killer. The mackerel have been in great numbers so trolling some deep diving hardbody lures or some whole garfish around the bait balls has worked a treat. Flasha spoons are also a deadly way to catch a feed of mackerel when you locate good numbers of fish. Some good sized snapper and mulloway have started to move in close and have been caught around the reefs which are holding a good amount of bait. Sounding over patches of reef and looking for the big balls of bait with some good fish sitting off the back of them is a great sign that the snapper and mulloway are around.

Offshore
With the cracking weather we had last Thursday we saw some anglers head out wide chasing a feed of quality fish. Those who found good patches of ground isolated from any other surrounding reef structures were rewarded. Dropping big flesh baits like mullet fillet or whole squid in 40m resulted in some cracking sized red emperor, spangled emperor, red throat, nannygai, and plenty of cobia. The shallower patches of reef in about 10 to 25m of water held great numbers of coral trout, grassy sweetlip and venus tuskfish. Smaller baits like whole pilchards and mullet strips worked really well on these fish and they seemed to chew really hard around the tide changes. The local wrecks have seen some monster cobia continuing to be caught with big flesh baits being very effective on the larger fish. Plenty of the smaller cobia have ate jigs and soft plastics when jigged erratically through the water column, the big cobia have also taken a liking to this technique at times as well.

Burnett River
The Burnett is having another really solid week of fishing, the deeper holes at the mouth of the river and the holes around fairymead have seen good numbers of blue salmon starting to school up. Hopping some soft vibes from about 70mm up to 120mm has got the bite from these fish. The flats throughout the Burnett have seen the bream right up in the shallows feeding during the high tide, some good sized flathead and grunter have also been doing the same. These fish all love fresh yabbies or small hardbody lures slowly wound off the flat imitating a fleeing yabbie or small baitfish. Some jack are still being caught however the bigger models have definitely been harder to find. Snag bashing with hardbody lures or a live bait sent deep into the big lay downs has got the bites with a few barra mixed in as well. The full moon last Wednesday really got the mud crabs on the move, those who placed their pots full of fish frames like whole mullet or chicken got the best results, some cracking bucks were caught. Great numbers of prawns are still being found, throwing for these during the bottom of the tide is always your best chance at getting a feed.

Elliott River
The Elliott has been fishing red hot, this time of year always sees this river fishing well with grunter, bream, flathead, queenfish, dart and tailor being common catches as the water cools. These fish have been caught relatively close together with the sand flats and drop offs being a hot spot for these predator’s. Tailor, dart and queenfish have generally been closer to the mouth of the river especially on an incoming tide as the bait is pushed up river. The bigger flathead have been up on the shallow flats during the middle of the day warming up in the warmer water. Throwing a bigger soft plastic or hardbody than usual has got the bite as these flatties have been feeding on big whiting and sprat. The summer whiting were on the chew last week with the big tides around the full moon getting these fish on the chew! Drifting fresh yabbies over the top of the sand bars during the incoming tide definitely got the bites.

Baffle Creek
The Baffle is fishing well, those who have found good numbers of fish have used a slightly smaller bait and worked their lures slower to give the predatory fish more opportunity to strike. Two key changes which have made all the difference this week has been to get your lure or bait in the strike zone for as long as possible and to make it look as natural as possible. Anglers who have done these two things have got onto some really nice fish. The flathead, bream, whiting and grunter have been on the shallow flats feeding mainly on yabbies. Drifting the flats whilst flicking some small soft plastics has been a deadly technique, having a bait out whilst doing this is also a great idea. The mud crabs were on the move with the big tides last week and good reports of them still being around have continued throughout this week, placing your pots up the creeks has got the best results. Some good quality jacks are still around, fishing into the night with live baits or whole dead baits has definitely got the best results.

Kolan River
The Kolan is fishing well with the shallow flats and drop offs in the cleaner water towards the mouth holding some quality fish. We have seen fresh yabbies doing the trick on the sand flats on species like flathead, bream, whiting, and big grunter! The incoming tide and the start of the run out have been the prime times to target these fish. Flicking some small soft plastics and hardbodies has also paid off big time. The mouth of the river has seen good numbers of queenfish and numerous types of trevally on the move as they follow schools of bait being pushed up river. Twitching some small soft plastics around structure which is getting hit with the current has been the most effective way to target these pelagic fish. If bait fishing is more your thing anchor up current of the structure you want to fish and float out a whole unweighted sprat. Plenty of prawns and crabs are around at the moment. Up on the shallow mud banks and flats is where a lot of the small river prawns are being caught and up the creeks has been where the better numbers of bucks have been found.

Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran is fishing really well with plenty of metre plus fishing being caught over the last week. These big barra are reacting really well to erratically twitched hardbody lures with long pauses. The Samaki Redic DS80’s have been the standout lure and are fast becoming the go to lure on the dam for a lot of anglers. The South arm of B has had some really good numbers of fish in it this week, along with Jacks and even down the bottom of the dam in Wiggle Bay. Fishing hard around the bite times is what has helped anglers get a few bites in a short period of time and get some barra on the deck. The shallow points and flats is where a lot of the fish are being caught, the 3-4m mark is the sweet spot at the moment.

25th of April 2024

Inshore and Offshore Reefs
Inshore has been fishing red hot!! We have had plenty of good reports of big grunter being caught on most of the inshore reefs along the coast. Fishing 20g soft vibes in brighter colors such as pink and 5inch jerk shads hoped slowly over reef and rubble bottom has worked a treat. This time of year you should also start to see yourself getting into some quality inshore snapper, if bait is your preferred method prawns and strips of mullet will see you in with a good chance. There has still been plenty of mackerel along the coast with most of them caught trolling gar or deep diving hard body’s in the early mornings. Casting stickbaits and poppers can also be a really effective technique especially for the lure enthusiast.
Our offshore reefs are definitely fishing well, today saw a number of boats head out whilst it looks like it is the only good day we will get for a while. Great numbers of cobia are around on most of the wrecks and reefs, whole squid and big strips of mullet fillet always work well on these fish. If you want to catch one on a lure they aren’t too picky and will take soft plastics, jigs, vibes and hardbodies just to name a few. Some monster grass sweetlip have been reported to be caught on patchy ground consisting of mainly fern or weed and rubbly rocky bottom, these fish love these areas and have been caught on whole squid and mullet strips. Fingers crossed we get another nice weather window soon as a lot of us are itching to get out!

Burnett River
The Burnett is fishing well again this week with no signs of it slowing down heading into the weekend. The crabbing and prawning has been the talk of the town with some great results for most giving it a red hot crack. Targeting the prawns around the bottom of the tide has been the ideal time, with the big tides this week it has made finding and throwing on these prawns very difficult with the amount of current in the river. Good numbers of trevally and queenfish have also been found in areas with plenty of current and structure like rock walls or fallen trees. There has been a lot of big flathead caught lately, these fish have been found in shallow water or on the edge of sand flats along the drop offs but also in the town area around the bridges. The go to bait has been either whole prawns or whole sprat.

Kolan River
Kolan River is fishing well, the last few weeks has seen this river continually producing quality fish for most anglers whether bait fishing, lure fishing or even on the crabbing front. Good sized flathead, bream and grunter are being caught on the sand flats towards the mouth of the river. There hasn’t been a specific tide getting more bites but it has been more about knowing where the fish will be depending on the tide. If it’s the incoming tide the fish have been in the shallower water pushing up with the tide, and during the run out they have been in the deeper water and along the drop offs surrounding the flats waiting for the bait to be forced into the deeper water as the tide drops. Whole prawns, whole sprat or fresh yabbies have all been getting good results, small soft vibe lures like the MMD Soft Prawn Vibe have worked really well for the lure fishos. Those after a good feed of crab should be placing there pots up the creeks in deeper sections, reports have shown that this week the crabs have moved deeper with the big tides so be sure to give this a go. Large fish frames or mullet fillets have worked great at bringing in plenty of crab.

Elliott River
The Elliott is producing some quality fish! The deeper holes up the river have seen good numbers of fish schooled up with grunter, trevally and some blue salmon being caught. Small soft vibes hopped through these holes has got the bites. The flats fishing has also been red hot! A lot of flathead, bream and whiting have been found in the shallow water or along drop offs and have definitely been on the chew. Throwing some whole sprat or small strips of mullet fillets onto the sand flats or along the drop offs has picked up some of these fish. Around the mouth of the river has seen some solid dart caught as well as queenfish and trevally. The occasional school mackerel has been passing through with a lot of anglers getting snipped off from these toothy critters. They are great fun when you manage to get a good hook set on them though!

Baffle Creek
Baffle Creek is fishing great, the last few weeks has seen this river producing some very good fishing for most anglers. The ‘bread and butter’ species have been the target for most, shallow water flats fishing with fresh yabbies is the go to technique at the moment for this river system. Big grunter, flathead, bream and some solid whiting are all being caught in shallow water especially around the top of the tide on the yabbie beds. Whilst soaking some baits try flicking either small soft plastics or hardbody lures along the flats or drop offs as this can often times pick up some cracking fish as well. For those chasing mangrove jack, cod and even barra we have heard of good success fishing the numerous rock bars and deep snag ridden banks with live baits or whole prawns. This river has also had a cracking run of crabs with the full moon getting them on the move. The deeper sections in the main river or steep muddy banks up the creeks have produced the better sized crabs this week.

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is having a good week of fishing! The bass are super healthy and feeding well at the moment which is proving to be great fun for most people fishing the lake. Fishing the edges has still been really effective even with the dropping water temp. Slow rolled soft plastics as always are a great way to cover ground and get a bite from the bass, if this isn’t working sometimes twitching a hardbody out of the weed will get a reaction bite. As the water temp continues to drop we will see these bass start to school up in bigger schools throughout the lake. When this occurs a sounder is a great tool to locate these fish and will increase your catch rate significantly.

Lake Monduran
Over the past few weeks we have seen some really good fish coming from the dam, big barra between 80 and 110cm have been the most common sized fish. These barra have been up in the shallows due to the cooler water temp allowing them to sit in this depth comfortably. Hardbody lures like Samaki Redic DS80’s and MS90’s as well as Jackall Squirrel 79SP’s have been the two lures getting these barra to bite consistently. Slow rolling Molix 140 Shads and Sicario DTF Minnows are also great options and are known to slay the big barra. Early mornings, late afternoons and half an hour before or after the Kolan River tide changes have seen the barra feed more aggressively. Sitting on a school of bigger fish is worth a shot during these times, especially the Kolan River tide change as the bigger barra have bit during this small window.

18th of April 2024

Inshore and Offshore Reefs
The Inshore reefs are still producing some really good numbers of school, spanish and grey mackerel. These fish are being found all along the coast but in particularly around the mouth of the Burnett River and the 2 mile reef off Bargara. Trolling garfish or hardbody lures are a good way to get these fish to bite and you cover plenty of ground. Some good sized longtail tuna are beginning to be found more consistently along the coast, topwater stick baits or small metal slugs are the go to lures for these speedsters.
Well for the offshore fisho’s it is great to finally have some good weather, both today and tomorrow are cracking days to head out wide in chase of those tasty reefies. The gutters, Warrego’s, Herold Patch and marks off 1770 have fished well for grassy sweetlip, coral trout, venus tusk fish and plenty of stud cobia. Fishing the pressure edged side of the reefs and finding good amounts of bait has been key. Whole squid and pilchards rigged on a set of 6/0 or 7/0 gang hooks have been the baits getting the best results. If you are into lure fishing the Nomad Squidtrex and Samaki 127mm live prawns have been killer.

Burnett River
The Burnett has been producing some very nice fish over the past week, however the number one target on most peoples minds has been the humble prawn with a lot of these coming from the deeper holes towards the bottom of the tide. Remember, the best time to target prawns is towards the bottom of the tide as there is minimal current. A top pocket cast net is a must when prawning the deeper water, and running tape around the base of the net is a great trick to ensure the net stays open as it sinks to the bottom. With the fresh water entering the Burnett from the gates being opened at Ben Anderson Barrage we have seen good numbers of barra on the chew around Tofts rocks and in Splitters Creek. Most of these barra have been getting caught on soft vibes, prawn imitation lures and live bait. There’s been some welcomed bycatch with them as well, including mangrove jack, flathead and cod. The town reach area of the Burnett is also well worth a look with threadfin salmon, barra and grunter on the chew.

Kolan River
The Kolan has continued to produce some cracking grunter this week with the go to technique definitely being fishing the sand flats and drop offs with a mix of mullet fillet and fresh yabbies. These grunter have been on the chew all throughout the tide however the start of the incoming has seen more bites. Be sure to have a look up the river as there is some good barra and jacks getting around. Heaps of river prawns are also being found up past Booyan Bridge along the mud flats, a draw string cast net has been a game changer for those chasing prawns in super shallow water. The snags at the mouth of the river has seen great numbers of big bream being caught by floating whole sprat or mullet fillet in the snags with the current. Some good sized jacks and cod are also being caught in these areas so be prepared for one of those to eat your bait intended for a humble bream.

Elliott River
This week has seen some great fishing out of the Elliott River with a lot of people taking advantage of some solid weather and heading out for a days fishing. The river has produced some great sized flathead, queenfish, cod and jack. The mouth of the river is where the flathead and queenfish have been caught most, small soft plastics have been deadly on these fish. Along the rock bars and up river in the creeks has found some cracking cod and mangrove jack being caught especially for those using live baits. Live poddy mullet and live prawns have been the standout baits and have definitely helped most anglers get into some solid fish. The prawns have been thick in this river so whilst up the creeks keep an eye on the deep holes for them.

Baffle Creek
Baffle Creek has been fishing red hot this week, plenty of anglers have caught some quality fish on a range of techniques. Big flathead and grunter have been caught around the mouth of the river system with fresh baits working really well. Freshly pumped yabbies have killed it on the incoming tide and small flesh baits like mullet fillet have got the bites during the run out tide when the water has been dirtier. Plenty of big pelagic fish have been around and feeding, the last half of the incoming tide seems to be when most of these fish are being caught. Fishing the fallen trees at the mouth of the river has caught some cracking trevally and queenfish lately with whole sprat and small soft plastics doing the trick. Up river in some of the creeks and on the rock bars has still seen the mangrove jack on the chew. Live baits is the way to go when chasing these fish and using a quality leader is a must. Middle Channel has been a great spot for a few jack lately so it is definitely worth a look if you are heading to Baffle this weekend!

Lake Gregory
This week has continued to see some cracking bass being caught from Lake Gregory. The bass are feeding in the shallower water and they have been super aggressive smashing soft plastics, hardbodies and topwater lures. Small paddle tail soft plastics have been the go throughout the heat of the day along with 70-80mm hardbody lures. The hardbodies are most effective when twitched aggressively and allowed to sit for up to 10 seconds in between pauses. Once the sun is on it’s way down and shadows start to get cast on the dam, this is when topwater lures have done really well. Any frog presentation has been the best topwater lure to be using at the moment, rigging these weedless means you can get these frogs hopping over lily pads and right over the top of the weed which is where these fish have been sitting.

Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran has had a good week of fishing with plenty of barra being caught. A lot of smaller fish are still being caught but the bigger barra are definitely starting to be easier to get a bite from. This is likely due to the winter seasons approaching as these big barra always like to feed up before the cooler months. With the water temp back to around the 26-28 degree mark these big barra have made their way onto the shallow points and have definitely been more inclined to feed in these areas. This time of year targeting these fish with hardbody lures like the Daiwa Current Master’s or Jackall Squirrel’s is one of the most effective ways to get these fish to bite. Some anglers have even found fish right up in the weed edges and lily pads allowing for some topwater frog action!

11th of April 2024

Inshore Reefs
This week has seen some cooler mornings due to a south westerly change and this has brought the spanish mackerel in close and they have been on the chew! Finding the bait has been key, most of our inshore marks are holding great amounts of bait and with that has been plenty of school mackerel and some really good sized schools of spanish as well. Trolling garfish or hardbody lures works well especially if you are trying to locate bait and fish. If you find an area in which the mackerel are schooled up in dropping down a Flasha spoon and winding it back in as fast as you can is one of the easiest ways to catch a mackerel, even the big spanish love this technique.
Some great sized grunter and grassy sweetlip are also around on the inshore marks, fresh squid has been the go to bait for these fish. Casting curl tail and jerk tail soft plastics is also a great way to target these fish. Make sure your lure is coming in contact with the bottom regularly during your retrieve, this is crucial for getting the bites.

Burnett River
The crabbing and prawning in the Burnett has been red hot this week! The prawns have been towards the mouth of the river in the deep holes and around Strathdees. In the deep water it is ideal to be using a top pocket cast net with tape around the bottom of the net to keep it open as it sinks to the bottom. With the big tides we have seen a lot of the better quality crabs being caught in the deeper water and once again chicken or mullet fillet have been two great baits to be using. The fishing in the Burnett has also been on fire with heaps of bait all throughout the river and plenty of fish are on the chew. Fishing around the rock bars has seen mangrove jack, cod and barra being caught, big mullet fillets or live baits have worked best on these fish. Some quality sized grunter and flathead are being caught at the mouth of the river with small soft vibes being a great way to target these fish. Hopping these vibes along the base of the rock walls is where these fish have been sitting.

Kolan River
The Kolan is currently fishing very well at the moment, there is heaps of bait all throughout the river which has the predatory fish on the chew! Flathead and grunter have been caught in sections of the river with drop offs and a good amount of current. Using bigger chunks of mullet or whole sprat has worked great on these fish, towards the mouth on the shallow flats we have seen fresh yabbies being a dynamite bait to be using for bream, grunter, whiting and some quality flathead. The incoming tide has seen the schools of bait being pushed up river and some big queenfish and trevally have been in pursuit. Fishing parts of the river which have plenty of current being pushed onto them has worked well. The rock bars and deep holes in this river have produced some great mangrove jack especially for those using live baits. Whole poddy mullet and sprat have been the baits getting the job done, however definitely try some mullet fillet as well. Plenty of prawns and crabs are around at the moment, the middle sections of this river seem to be holding the best numbers for now. Up on the shallow mud banks and flats is where a lot of the small river prawns are being caught.

Elliott River
The Elliott River is fishing really well, those who know a few spots which are less well known have been managing to pull some great quality fish out of this river. The upper stretches have proved to be crabbing and prawning really well, the deeper holes up the creeks is the way to go. Having a quality sounder to find the prawns is also super handy and helps to locate the better numbers of prawns. The sand flats in this river have held some great numbers of flatties with most being around the 50cm mark. Casting soft plastics over the shallow sand flats and along the drop offs has worked well for these fish. Good numbers of whiting are also being caught with fresh yabbies being the go to bait. The incoming tide has seen some good sized queenfish entering this river, floating out whole sprat along the drop offs around the mouth of the river has caught a few of these fish. The rock bars in this system have held some big jacks and solid barra so throwing down a livie is a great way to find a few of these sought after species.

Baffle Creek
Baffle creek has been producing really good fish for most who are giving it a good crack this week. Plenty of bream, whiting and flathead are being caught throughout the river but the prized fish this week has been the mangrove jack. Most anglers who have been targeting these fish have had the best luck when fishing rock bars or sections of creek with plenty of structure and sending down some fresh live baits. These jacks have preferred live prawns or poddy mullet. A lot of estuary and rock cod are being caught whilst chasing these jack but they are a welcome bycatch for most families or those wanting a feed. Around the mouth has seen the sand flats fishing really well for flathead, grunter and some big queenfish. The incoming tide has been the best time to chase these fish, getting up onto the shallow flats and casting some 3 to 4 inch soft plastics has worked a treat. The crabbing in this river has been really good as well, the big bucks have been on the move so throwing a few pots out whilst having a fish for the day is definitely worth a shot.

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is definitely still fishing really well around the edges of the dam, throwing small soft plastics and hardbodies has got some great results. Saratoga are also still being caught up in the shallows on the wind blown areas of the lake. With the cooler weather on the way we will definitely see these bass start to school up throughout the lake in the deeper water and along the drop offs. When this occurs a slow rolled soft plastic wound directly through the school of bass is hard to beat.

Lake Monduran
The barra in the dam are on the chew with these cooler mornings enticing these fish to feed up before winter. The early morning and late afternoon bite times have been pretty consistent with some of the bigger barra landed during these bite windows. Keep and eye on the Kolan River tide times because the change in tide is often a cracking little opportunity to nail a few barra in the dam. Slowly twitched and paused Samaki Redic DS80’s have got some quality fish to eat. When fishing the late afternoons and into the night we have seen the majority of the big barra coming from big soft plastics or swimbaits slow rolled. Up in the shallows during the middle of the day has seen the smaller barra tucked up in the shade produced from overhanging trees or lily pads. Casting your lure into this shade and retrieving it back to the boat with a simple slow roll has definitely worked a treat.

4th of April 2024

Inshore Reefs
This week we have finally had a break in the weather and this has meant plenty of boats have headed offshore in chase of some tasty reefies. We have seen great success coming from those who have been bottom fishing the Northern and Southern Gutters with some cracking trout, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and even the odd snapper. Sharks have been an issue in these areas so moving around to find some isolated structure is a good idea. Out further around the Herold patches or reefs north like the Warrigoes have also fished great for trout, red throat, tusk fish and big red emperor. Whole squid or cuttlefish have been the standout baits however fresh flesh baits can’t be denied either. Lure fisho’s have had great success by hopping soft plastics along the reef edges and using slow pitch jigs. Bright colours like oranges, yellows, pinks and reds have seemed to work really well this week.
Our Inshore reefs are still fishing really well at the moment and with huge schools of baitfish getting along the coast its no wonder we are seeing some insane pelagic action. Topwater lures like stickbaits and poppers have been really effective for targeting trevally, tuna, mackerel and queenfish along our coast this week and definitely is a lot of fun when you get those topwater strikes. If you are chasing a feed of mackerel there is no shortage of school mackerel in close at the moment so a Flasha spoon dropped to the bottom then wound back in as fast as you can is your best bet. Good numbers of grunter and grassy sweetlip are also being caught at most of the common inshore marks on baits like squid and mullet fillet as well as soft plastics and vibes if you are into your lure fishing.

Burnett River
The Burnett River is still fishing red hot! The bream and grunter have absolutely been on the chew over the last week. Most of these fish are being caught around the bridges in Town but also along the rocks at Kirby’s Wall and right at the mouth along the Northern and Southern Walls. Floating out whole sprat and prawns have got these fish to bite consistently. Small soft plastics hopped around the structure has also worked great with plenty of by-catch as well which has mainly been small cod and trevally. Some good sized jacks are also coming on the chew around the rock bars and up the creeks, most of these jack have been caught on live baits however topwater frog lures have been deadly if you are into your skip casting. The crabbing and prawning is also red hot at the moment so definitely make sure to throw the pots in and have a few throws of the cast net when you can!

Kolan River
The Kolan has continued to produce some cracking grunter, flathead and bream this week with the go to technique definitely being fishing the sand flats and drop offs with a mix of mullet fillet and fresh yabbies. These fish have been on the chew all throughout the tide however the start of the incoming has seen more bites especially on the shallow flats and yabbie beds. Small topwater lures worked along the shallows during the incoming tide has got some awesome whiting and bream action as well as the odd flathead having a go as well. If you are fishing the Kolan be sure to have a look upriver as there is some good barra and jacks getting around up the top. If you can get your hands on some live bait be sure to give that a go especially if you can fish into the night. There has been plenty of river prawns being found up past Booyan Bridge along the mud flats, a draw string cast net has been a game changer for those chasing prawns in super shallow water, otherwise a top pocket in the deeper holes is ideal.

Elliott River
This week has seen some great fishing out of the Elliott with a lot of families taking advantage of some solid weather and heading out for a days fishing. This river has produced some great sized flathead, queenfish, cod and jack. The mouth of the river is where the flathead and queenfish have been caught most, small soft plastics have been deadly on these fish. Fishing for the queenfish in areas of high current has got the best results and targeting the flathead up in the shallows during an incoming tide and along the drop offs during a run out tide is the go at the moment. Along the rock bars and up river in the creeks has found some cracking cod and mangrove jack being caught especially for those using live baits. Live poddy mullet and live prawns have been the standout baits and have definitely helped most anglers get onto some solid fish. The prawns have been thick in this river so whilst up the creeks keep an eye on the deep holes for them as it’s definitely worth a few throws if you come across them.

Baffle Creek
Similar to last week we have seen some great bread and butter fishing coming from the Baffle! With the school holidays in full swing we have heard great reports coming from happy families getting into some fish and even just enjoying the better weather we have had this week. The whiting have been on the chew during the incoming tide along the shallow sand flats especially those with yabbie beds. Fresh yabbies is always a whiting’s favourite food so be sure to pump some yabbies at low tide and fish the start of the incoming tide over those same shallow flats. Some cracking flathead have also been caught using this exact same method along with small strips of mullet fillet. Whilst fishing for these flatties it is well worth flicking some small soft plastics like the Daiwa 3.2inch minnows. The jacks have also been on the chew along the mangrove lined banks and the rock bars, targeting these fish during the run out tide has no doubt been the best time to be targeting these fish. Prawn imitation soft plastics and live baits have been the two go to methods getting these jacks to bite. The crabs have also been in great numbers in middle channel and up the creeks, plenty of smaller crabs are being found however there is definitely some cracking bucks around at the moment as well.

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory has still fished well considering the water is quite murky after the rain we just had. The fish have been responding to lures quite well, the go to lure in this murky water has to be a hardbody lure like the Rapala Shad Rap Elite! Fishing sections of the dam that have been getting plenty of wind pushed into them has been the go as these areas have slightly warmer water and the majority of the bait. Twitching hardbody lures along the weed edges has worked really well when mixing in some 5 to 10 second pauses in between twitches. If you are finding schools of bass hanging in slightly deeper water, try using a small paddle tail soft plastic and slowly wind it directly through the school. This technique has worked great on the schooled fish when they are a little more hesitant to bite.

Lake Monduran
This week has again seen plenty of barra caught on the dam, 60-70cm fish are being caught all over the dam up in the shallows. These smaller fish are a result of MASA’s incredible stocking efforts and shows that the survival rate for the last few releases has been high which is great for the future of the dam. These barra have been caught on hardbodies and soft plastics but they key has been to be casting right in the shallows and around any shady areas like lily pads and overhanging bushes. The bigger barra are scattered at the moment, finding good numbers of them has been a bit trickier this week but there are definitely heaps around. When it comes to getting these big barra to bite a lot of the bigger fish have been caught at night. Slow rolling big soft plastics like the Daiwa Baitjunkie 6.2inch minnow or swimbaits like the Molix Shads has been really effective. Although the water temp has decreased in recent weeks, the sunny days this week has seen the barra up in the shallows and feeding around the bite times. One of our customers managed to land 7 barra with numerous over the metre mark in one night session this week so they are definitely on the chew. Time on the water is the biggest key factor to success at the moment and unfortunately there isn’t much of a substitute, those who are putting in the time are getting the results.

28th of March 2024

Inshore Reefs
Although the weather has definitely not been ideal to head offshore we did see a few boats brave the rain and sneak out to our inshore reefs earlier in the week. The wind was down to about 10knots and at 0.8m of swell off Burnett Heads it was good enough for a few anglers to have a crack. Heaps of school mackerel are still around in places like the 2 Mile, Elliott Heads Artificial, 4 Mile and any other patches of ground that is holding bait. Metal spoon dropped to the bottom and fast wound back in has been the most effective way to target these fish. Some good grunter and grassy sweetlip have also been reported to be on the chew on patchy and rubbly ground, whole squid or soft plastics have got these fish to bite.

Burnett River
The Burnett has been producing some top quality fish with big bream, grunter and flathead being the standout’s! Whole prawns and sprat rigged with a light ball sinker fished along any of the rock walls has got the bite from the bream and grunter! For the people chasing flathead the hot spots has been any of the sandy drop offs throughout the river as well as the rock walls towards the mouth. Again, whole sprat and prawns have been the two go to baits for the flatties. A few scattered schools of blue salmon have been found in the town reach area, these fish have been feeding around the low tide. Throwing Samaki soft vibes at these fish an hour either side of the low tide should give you a good chance at getting some to bite. With the rain this week and the big tides the mud crabs and prawns have been on the move. Heading right up the creeks has worked best for the prawns and the crabs have come out of deep holes and steep muddy banks.

Kolan River
Over the last few weeks we have seen the Kolan continually producing for most anglers whether bait fishing, lure fishing or even for those crabbing. Good sized flathead, bream and grunter are being caught on the sand flats towards the mouth of the river. Drifting the drop offs and sand flats with whole prawns, whole sprat or fresh yabbies have all been getting good results. Small soft plastics like the Daiwa Baitjunkie 3.2 inch minnow has been working really well for the lure fishos. Some good jack and barra are also being found up river, fishing the rocky structures and deep holes with live baits has been the go to method to get these fish to bite. Those who love to do a bit of crabbing should be keen to get a few pots in the water as we have heard good reports this week with the big tides and rain helping to get these crabs on the move!

Elliott River
The sand flats and yabbie beds have been producing some cracking fish in the Elliott again this week, yabbies would have to be one of the best fresh baits that you can get for a large variety of species. One of the stand out species that love yabbies is the the humble whiting and there sure has been plenty around in the Elliott at the moment. The full moon earlier in the week saw some great whiting action, dusting off the yabbie pump and pumping for yabbies at the low tide is a great way to secure some fresh bait. Beach worms have also worked really well and these are ideal if you can’t make it in time for the low tide as you can just pop into the shop and grab a few packs. Some good jack and barra have also been showing themselves up the creeks of the Elliott, any rocky structures have definitely been holding good numbers of these fish. Live poddy mullet has worked good on the jack and whole prawns have got the barra to bite. Fishing for these species around the low tide has been when they have been on the chew. Also, don’t forget to throw the pots in. There has been some great sized muddy’s caught this week as the big tides have got them on the move. Those who have been leaving their pots in overnight have got the best results so if you can it is definitely worth leaving them in overnight if you can.

Baffle Creek
Last weekend and earlier this week was a great time to be out on the Baffle with the big tides getting the pelagic fish on the chew and the sandflats were producing some good sized whiting and flathead! Big queenfish and trevally have been found throughout the river smashing bait being pushed around by the tide. Sections of the river being hit hard by this current are the places to be, using whole sprat or small poddy mullet as bait is working well. The sand flats throughout this river are also fishing well with plenty of flathead and grunter averaging 50cm being caught most of the day. Fresh yabbies and small flesh baits are working best on these fish. Soft plastics like the Daiwa Baitjunkie 3.2inch minnow have been deadly in all of our local systems at the moment and in the Baffle is no different, these lures just catch fish. This weekend’s late afternoon run out tides should be a great time to be fishing the Baffle for these fish, try finding a nice sandflat which drops off into some deeper water and set out a few baits or hop a few plastics along the drop off. Up river around the various rock bars has seen some cracking jack being caught. Live baits or prawn imitation lures like the Zerek Cherabin have been getting these big jack to bite. The crabbing proved to be on over the weekend too! Plenty of people ended up with a good feed of crab and even though the tides are decreasing it is still worth a shot with all the rain we have had this week!

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory has fished very well this week, we have been given reports of plenty of bass and even some good sized saratoga being caught! Sounding up schools of bass hanging in deeper water off the points has worked well. Throwing small soft vibes or small paddle tail soft plastics through these schools of fish has got these bass to bite. Casting small hardbody lures into the heavy structure and twitching them along the drop off’s or over the top of the weed beds is the go if you are fishing the edges of the dam. The Rapala Shad Rap Elite is the perfect lure for these situations and has been deadly on the Lake Gregory bass. Topwater lures have also been super effective in the low light periods, early mornings or late afternoon topwater sessions have been going off! With the overcast weather we have seen topwater lures be super effective for most of the day as these bass have been staying in the shallows for longer, but you can’t beat early mornings or late afternoons!

Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran has had a good week of fishing for those who have persisted the conditions and made plenty of casts. Some smaller barra around the 70-80cm mark have kept anglers on their toes whilst chasing that magic metre fish which have been in good numbers. Due to the overcast and rainy conditions paired with a south easterly breeze the water temp on the lake is declining and this has caused anglers to slow their retrieve to get these big fish to bite. The majority of barra have been caught on hardbody lures and have been biting on a very long pause. The Jackall Squirrel 79sp’s and the Samaki Redic DS80’s have proven to be the barra’s favourite lures. Using a much longer pause than usual has been the difference in getting a bite so ensuring that your lure either floats or sinks super slowly is absolutely key. Most of the feeding fish have come from areas of the dam which have had the majority of the wind blow from previous days. Using the app ‘Windy’ is a great tool for identifying areas of the dam which should have more bait and slightly warmer water which can be the difference in getting a few fish on board.

21st of March 2024

Burnett River
The Burnett has had a really good week of fishing, plenty of small grunter have been around the rocky structures and bridges in the Town Reach area. These fish have ate whole prawns and small soft plastics or soft vibes. The rock bars and bridges have also produced some great quality flathead, cod and jack this week. Live baits have been the go to when fishing for these species around the rocks, paddle tail soft plastics and deep diving hardbody lures have also worked very well around these areas. The mouth of the Burnett along the rock walls is where a lot of the bigger grunter and flathead have been caught. Finding schools of bait hanging around the rocks is a really good place to start as these fish will usually be close by. Some great pelagic fish like trevally and queenfish have also been on the chew. The rock walls and bridges are ideal places to target these fish, however finding the baitfish is key. When you have found the bait try hopping soft plastics through and around the bait quite erratically to trigger a bite. Some great numbers of crab have been found in the main sections of the river, whole mullet or fish frames have been the ideal baits to be using. Better numbers of prawns are also being found around the Port, a quality sounder has helped to find the schools and the run out tide has been when they have been easier to find.

Kolan River
The Kolan has been fishing great and the jacks are sure firing up! We have seen some very good sized fish and great numbers of them caught during the run out tide at most of the rock bars, bridges and in the deep holes. Live baits and prawn imitation soft plastics have been the key to getting these fish to bite. With the full moon on Monday we will definitely see a lot more of these fish caught as they feed with the bigger tides. The flats fishing at the mouth of this system has also seen good sized queenfish and trevally caught around the snags and schools of bait. Flicking small soft plastics has by far been the most effective way to target these species. Some big flathead and grunter are still around as well, fishing the edges of the shallow flats during the run out tide has been the best way to target these fish. Either whole sprat and prawns or once again small soft plastics has done the trick.

Elliott River
The Elliott is fishing great, the jacks, cod and big grunter have been on the chew in the deep holes. Whole prawns have been a great bait to use and if you are into your lure fishing prawn imitation lures is where it’s at! Fishing prawn lures deep into the structure is what has been getting the best results as you can get right into the strike zone to trigger a reaction bite. The shallow sand flats have produced some good whiting action during the run in tide this week. With the full moon coming up these fish are only going to be on the chew more. Fresh yabbies are definitely the go to bait, using a very light leader and some red tubing and beads will get you the bite. Great numbers of flathead have also been caught up in the shallows during the incoming tide, flicking around some small soft plastics in a pink or chartreuse colour has worked well. During the run out tide some soft vibes hopped along the drop offs has picked up some bigger flathead and grunter as well.

Baffle Creek
Baffle Creek has definitely been firing lately and with the rain earlier in the week we saw some cracking jack action especially up in the shallow mangrove lined creeks. Skip casting topwater frog lures or slow rolling paddle tail soft plastics out of the mangroves were the go to techniques which were getting these lures smoked by big jack! Some great quality grunter have also been on the move around the rock bars and along the shallow sand bars and drop offs. Fishing the shallow sand flats during the incoming tide and fishing the drop offs as the tide runs out has been the go. Hopping soft vibes and curl tail soft plastics have been really effective but if you are more into bait fishing fresh yabbies or whole dead sprat have been a grunters favourite meal as of late. The crabs have also been on the move in this system and with full moon on Monday next week the big tides will no doubt get these crabs on the move even more.

Lake Gregory
The Lake has been a little quiet this week possibly due to the overcast weather causing things to slow down a bit. Topwater frog lures and paddle tail soft plastics rigged to run across the surface did get some good action from smaller bass and the occasional bigger fish did have a crack. Long casts ensuring to cover plenty of ground is essential for this style of fishing. Some big schools of bass have been found in the deeper sections of the dam and this can be linked to the water temp dropping dramatically in the last couple of weeks. A quality sounder to locate these bass is very important to ensure you can get your lure in the strike zone. Slow rolling small paddle tail soft plastics and hopping vibes through the schools of bass has been the most effective way to get some numbers in the boat.

Lake Monduran
Well it’s nearly time for the Humminbird Lake Monduran Barra Classic which kicks off tomorrow! This year we have some huge names coming and fishing the lake with their eyes on the prize. Our very own team member Shane Anderson is fishing the comp so best of luck mate! This comp is no doubt for the experienced anglers and each year it takes a combination of so many factors to get the win.
The fishing on the dam this week has been quite tough which is more than likely due to the dropping water temp that Monduran has had over the last couple of weeks. With the water temp dropping from about 32-34 degrees in the main basin to 26 as of Saturday just gone it is definitely a fair amount cooler. This has meant that getting your lure to sit in the strike zone for as long as possible has been what has got the bite. Those using live scope have been able to pin point fish and get their lure to go directly past the fish’s face which is sometimes all you need to get a reaction bite. Live scope is also great to see how the fish are responding to certain presentations to slowly piece together what they are after. For example a hardbody lure may be spooking the fish whereas a slow rolled paddle tail may be getting some fish to look.
No doubt that there is certainly not a replacement for time on the water at the moment, those who are fishing the dam more often are the ones managing some metre plus fish. Focusing on the bite times those being any of the moon times, Kolan River tide changes and the Almanac bite times is definitely a great idea to increase the chances of getting a few bites.

14th of March 2024

Inshore/Offshore
There hasn’t been many boats head offshore this week with consistent 20-30knot days proving to be set in for quite some time. With the weather the way it is there’s no doubt that it is the perfect time to catch up on maintenance that often times get overlooked. Trailer maintenance, reel servicing, line spooling and rod repairs are all crucial aspects to ensure you make the most of your time on the water.
As we have seen from recent trips out the inshore fishing has been red hot and it should stay this way providing we continue to see large schools of bait along our coast. Golden trevally, school mackerel, long tail tuna and queenfish have been the target species for those chasing our pelagic fish. Watching for birds working in the sky and bust ups on the horizon are dead giveaways that there is a very nervous school of baitfish being hounded from below and above and this definitely warrants a few casts. Small metal lures fast wound just below the surface are ideal for chasing mac tuna and long tail tuna, whereas sinking a metal spoon lure down underneath the bait until it hits the bottom then winding it back up to the boat is a killer technique for the school mackerel that won’t be far away. For those after queenfish these fish have been found along the coast in areas with bait and a good amount of current hitting structure like a rocky outcrop. Halco poppers have got to be one of the most effective ways to target these fish, a simple pop and pause technique is deadly on the queenfish and even huge trevally.
For the offshore enthusiasts we will no doubt get a weather window shortly as we begin to change seasons. The gutters have held really good fish such as big cobia, trout, sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Whole squid, cuttlefish and pilchards were the standout baits during our last run of good weather. The Warrego’s and the Herolds Patch also fished really well with huge red throat and some cracking trout being caught at these two reefs. Flicking soft plastics along the reef edges proved to be a really good way to find the better quality fish at these spots.

Burnett River
The mouth of the Burnett has continued to produce some really good fish along the rock walls. Although the big tides earlier in the week did make it difficult to fish this section of river some really good quality grunter, flathead and cod were caught by those who persisted and got their baits to sit right alongside the wall. Whole fresh sprat either dead or alive has been by far the best bait to be using. Further up the river in town saw some good fish on the move with the big tides. Good numbers of barra were found in the town reach area and up river around Tofts Rocks. Getting these fish to bite was tough as they were moving fast. We saw those who got stuck into a bit of crabbing get some really good results with those who did the miles being rewarded with reaching their boat limit.

Kolan River
The Kolan has fished really well again this week, a few anglers have found some big jack using live poddy mullet to tempt a bite. Good sized cod and grunter have been the most common by-catch which for most is a welcomed sight. Fishing the run out tide has been by far the best time to be fishing for these jack, the late afternoon run out tide and fishing the turn of tide into the night over the next few days is going to be a great chance to target these fish. Allowing plenty of time to catch fresh bait will give you the best chance but if you can’t whole prawns, sprat and poddy mullet will be your best baits if you are buying some. The creeks at the mouth of the river have been crabbing really well and continued to do so over the weekend. Any steeper banks or deep holes up these creeks found great numbers of crabs in them with a few legal bucks as well. The amount of undersized bucks being caught in this river at the moment is a great sign for the future crabbing for this system.

Elliott River
The Elliott River is fishing really well at the moment with plenty of variety on offer. Jack, cod and the odd barra have been caught in the deep holes and along the rock bars on whole prawns, sprat and poddy mullet. Flicking prawn imitation soft plastics rigged weedless are also a great option for those into their lure fishing. The sand bars and yabbie beds in this river are also great places to soak a bait especially during the incoming tide. Good numbers of flathead are around as well as some quality bream, grunter and whiting. Fishing the incoming tide over the shallow flats with yabbies, beach worms or pippies will give you a great chance at a solid whiting, bream, grunter or even a big flathead. As the tide runs off these flats flicking the drop offs with soft plastics and hardbody lures will put you in with a great shot at some cracking flathead and grunter as they chase the bait coming off with the tide. This river is also crabbing really well, heading up the river with the incoming tide has been the go as you can get right up the back of this system and into the action!

Baffle Creek
The Baffle is continuing to fish really well especially during the run out tide at the moment. The deep mangrove lined banks towards the mouth of the river have been prime spots to target jack, barra, cod and some big grunter. The grunter and jack have been feeding hard during the last of the run out tide in the late afternoons and fishing the change of tide into the night has been getting these fish fired up if they weren’t already. Whole sprat and poddy mullet have been the baits working best with some good sized cod making there way onto the deck as well. These tides have also been great for targeting the barra which have been on the move in this system. These fish have been moving from day to day so a good quality sounder to locate the better numbers of fish has been really helpful. Slow rolling big paddle tail soft plastics or natural coloured prawn lures have got these fish to bite during the last of the run out tide and the turn of the tide has been a great bite window for these fish. Some good places to try and find these barra has been any of the rock bars from pig island down river towards the mouth. With a quality sounder you should be able to find good numbers of fish with a few hours of searching.

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is producing great numbers of smaller bass and saratoga this week. Casting hardbody lures and paddle tail soft plastics along the edges of the Lake has found the bass which have been tight in the weed towers and banks. The occasional big bass nudging the 50cm mark is still being caught generally after a few smaller models have been landed. Good numbers of saratoga are being found on the windblown banks where a lot of the leaf litter and wind currents are. Small topwater insect imitation lures like a topwater cicada lure are good options otherwise small chunks of garfish rigged on a float will work well for these fish.

Lake Monduran
Fishing at the dam this week has been tough due to the overcast and rainy conditions paired with a dropping barometric pressure. Although these conditions aren’t ideal and have certainly slowed the barra bite down we are still seeing some really good sized fish hit the deck with some persistence and patience needed. Finding good numbers of fish stacked up on points or passing through using sidescan, mega 360 or live scope will get you casting in the right area. Bird Bay, the South arm of B, Hearts and Jacks have all had a heap of barra in them over the last few weeks. These fish aren’t feeding aggressively so ensuring your lure spends a lot of time in the strike zone is a great way to increase the amount of bites you will get. Fishing a suspending hardbody lure like a Samaki Redic DS80 or MS90 and a Jackall Squirrel 79SP are great options. Letting your lure sit in the water column after a few twitches is when the barra will bite. If you are fishing into the night we have seen slow rolled paddle tail soft plastics and swimbaits become really effective. The Cast Prodigy 6inch soft plastics and Molix 140 Shads are two really good options for this style of fishing. Focusing around the key bite times, that being the moon rises, sets and above’s as well as the Kolan River tide changes can also save the day and get a few bites in a short window.

7th of March 2024

Inshore/Offshore
The last two weekends have certainly been a treat for us fishos to head out wide and chase plenty of our tasty reef species. The inshore and offshore fishing was red hot with plenty of action all throughout the day especially on patchy and rubbly bottom away from any main reefs or wrecks. The sharks have definitely been an issue for a lot of anglers, moving away from an area as soon as you encounter a shark is the best way to deal with them. Some cracking cobia have been around and they have been found on a lot of the common marks in close and along pressure points on the reefs out wide like Herolds Patch, Warregos and in the gutters. Soft plastics, vibes and jigs are great ways to target cobia but if you are into bait fishing these fish will smash whole squid, cuttlefish and flesh baits like mullet or hussar fillets. The trout were certainly on the chew over the weekend with whole pilchards being the go to bait on these guys.
For the smaller boats who managed to get out we saw some great fish caught at common marks like the Bargara 2 mile, Ryan’s Patch, the Artificial off Elliott Heads and the 4 mile. Plenty of school mackerel have been around as well as queenfish and trevally and these fish have been harassing baitfish on the pressure edges. Some good sized grunter and grass sweetlip were also common captures in close, soft vibes worked really well on these fish.

Burnett River
The mouth of the Burnett is producing some great quality fish this week. A lot of pelagic fish have been feeding on bait around the North Wall and at the Lighthouse. A few solid grey mackerel as well as plenty of school mackerel have also been getting around the mouth and these have been caught on trolled hardbody lures and metal spoons. For the trevally and queenfish that have been around flicking small soft plastics along the rocks has been really effective. A lot of people have also had some great quality by-catch being grunter, cod and even some good sized jack which have all been caught along the rocks. For the bait fishos whole sprat and mullet fillet has been the go to baits when fishing the North Wall and any of the rocky structures at the mouth of the river at the moment. The crabbing in the Burnett and Skyringville has been on fire, the go to baits has been fish and chicken frames. Leaving the pots in for an overnight soak has got the best results.

Kolan River
The Kolan River has been fishing really well especially for big jack and estuary cod all throughout the river. Fishing the fallen trees at the mouth of the river, Booyan Bridge up river or any of the rock bars up Yanny Creek has been working great. Live baits fished into the night have got the best results. Good numbers of barra are also being found during the run out tide in deep holes or sitting behind structure that is getting hit with current. The bream, grunter and flathead have also been on the chew at the mouth of this river system along the shallow flats and drop offs. Fresh yabbies are worth their weight in gold for this style of fishing but small strips of mullet fillet or chook gut has been working well. If you are into lure fishing you can’t go past a Samaki soft vibe hopped along the drop offs or a small hardbody lure twitched across the flats for these fish. The crabbing in this river has also been really good with great quality bucks being found up the creeks. With the big tides this weekend we should see more crabs being flushed out and being found in deep holes and along steep mud banks.

Elliott River
Some ripper mangrove jack have been coming from this system, live bait has for sure been the go to method to catch these big fish. Finding bait hanging around structure is what to look for, drifting a live bait or a whole prawn into the structure with the current and a lightly weighted sinker has been doing the damage. Some big cod have been caught as by-catch however for most they are a welcomed catch especially when they are of legal size. Towards the mouth of this river system we have seen good sized queenfish around the 70cm mark feeding on bait during the incoming tide, these fish will follow the bait so once again finding the bait is key. Good areas to look are areas that are getting hit hard with the current. Flicking soft plastics or surface lures around these areas has been getting the bites. As always there has been plenty of 40 to 50cm flathead being caught along the drop offs and up in the shallows. Try fishing the shallows during the run in tide and the drop offs as the tide runs out, natural coloured soft plastics have definitely been the go to on these flatties.

Baffle Creek
The standout fish for the Baffle over the past week has definitely been mangrove jack, flathead and grunter although some really good quality cod and barra are being caught as well! The mangrove jack have been smashing paddle tail soft plastic’s and prawn imitation lures worked over shallow rock bars and out of mangrove roots. If you are more into bait fishing using live or dead poddy mullet and sprat surely is a killer bait to get into the jack action. The best bite times for them has been first light in the mornings, last light in the afternoons and into the night. There has been plenty of flathead and grunter caught all throughout the system but the mouth seems to be the hottest spot. Slow rolling paddle tail soft plastic’s over the shallow sand bars preferably spots that have yabbies beds or small timber structures on them has worked great. The first of the runout tide is the preferred tide to chase them but you will definitely get a bite from a flathead or a grunter at any time of the day. The barra have been found hanging on laydowns and rock bars towards the mouth of the river system. Having a quality sounder with sidescan will help tremendously at locating these fish. Once you have found good numbers of fish prawn imitation lures have no doubt been the most effective. Live baits will also work really well especially if you can’t get a bite on a lure.

Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory has fished quite well over the past week. Plenty of smaller bass have been feeding consistently around the edges of the dam on small paddle tail soft plastics. Slow rolling these paddle tail soft plastics has been the most effective way to target these fish. Ensuring to cover plenty of ground when fishing for these bass will help you to locate where these fish are sitting and then you can focus on this area as you will usually find a few bass in close proximity. Fishing the Lake in the early mornings and late afternoons is when the fishing has been at it’s best. Topwater lures in these low light periods have been super effective on the bass and some saratoga have even fell victim to this technique.

29th of February 2024

Inshore
Last week saw one of the best weather windows we have had in a very long time and this weekend is shaping up to be another cracker couple of days. With 4 straight days of glamour conditions it’s safe to say it was a bad few days to be a fish. The inshore reefs have provided some really good fishing especially for those in smaller boats who can only get out when the weather plays the game. Plenty of school mackerel, tuna, queenfish and trevally have been around the bait balls and reefs like the 2 Mile off Bargara and the Artificial off Elliott Heads. Targeting the school mackerel with 50g Flasha spoons is one of the best ways to get a quick feed. The tuna have been feeding on small bait so matching the hatch with a metal slug has done the damage, and poppers worked along the pressure edges has got the queenfish and trevally to bite. Some good numbers of cod, grunter, stripeys and grass sweetlip have been in close as well. Flicking soft plastics and vibes around patches of weedy and rubbly bottom is where these fish have come from.

Offshore
Last weekend saw plenty of people head out wide with high hopes of filling the esky. The fish were definitely out and feeding and so were the sharks! Lucky for most they were still able to get a great feed of fish with red throat, trout, red emperor, cod, sweetlip and hussar all being on the chew! Whole squid, fresh flesh baits and whole pilchards were the standout baits especially rigged on gang hooks to present the bait naturally. Fishing the pressure edged side of the reef and locating the bait is what worked for most with the better quality fish found in these areas. As always fishing the tide changes turned out to be a great idea as on days like last week during the big tides this is when those big reds will often come on the chew. Doing plenty of drifts is something you should be doing as you will find new marks and isolated structure off of main sections of reef which always holds some epic fish. Let’s hope this weekend plays the game and we can get out and amongst them again!

Burnett River
The Burnett has rebounded exceptionally well from the recent rain and is fishing very well. Huge barra, jewfish and grunter are the three main species being caught throughout the river. The grunter have been caught just about anywhere where there is rocky structure or along the sandy drop offs. Fishing for these grunter with curt tail soft plastics is a very effective way to chase them, whole sprat and prawns also work great if you are more into bait fishing. The barra that are being caught have mainly been tempted with slow rolled soft plastics or swimbaits like the new Sicario DTF swimbaits. Finding the good numbers of fish with a quality sounder with sidescan is almost a must for getting consistent results. Fishing the tide changes is a really good way to increase your chances at one of these barra too. Looking around the rock walls and bridges in town is a good place to try for these barra at the moment.

Kolan River
The Kolan has also started to clear up with the big tides certainly doing their part. Some really good numbers of barra have been found in this river system around the mouth and up river in the deep holes around Yandaran Creek. Slow rolled soft plastics and swimbaits have no doubt been the most effective way to target these barra if you are lure fishing. If you are more into bait fishing catching some live bait is well worth the effort. Plenty of grunter have also been around the sand bars, Booyan Bridge and in the creeks at the mouth of the river. Whole sprat and strips of mullet fillet have worked well on these grunter as well as the usual curl tail soft plastic and soft vibe. The crabbing in this river has also been exceptional as of late, huge numbers of quality sized bucks between 16 and 18cm have been on the move especially with the big tides last weekend. Placing your pots in the deeper sections of river is where the better numbers of crab have come from with multiple pots having 3 legal bucks in them per soak for some lucky anglers.

Elliott River
The Elliott is sure fishing well like all of our rivers at the moment. Great numbers of flathead, grunter and whiting have been on the shallow flats towards the mouth of the river and up river has seen good barra, jack and cod caught. The flats fishing has been best with the incoming tide and during the run out tide fishing the drop offs is where its at! Up river in the deep holes and rock bars is where most of the jack, cod and barra are being found and these fish are being caught on whole prawns and sprat or soft plastics slow rolled over the rock bars and out of fallen trees. Good sized prawns have been found in better numbers in this system, sounding the deep holes for them has worked well during the run out tide.

Baffle Creek
The Baffle has definitely started to fish a lot better this week, the big tides with last Saturday’s full moon has certainly helped to clear up this river. Great numbers of barra are being found and caught at the mouth of the river along the fallen trees and the rock bars. Prawn imitation lures like the Zerek Cherabin’s or the Chasebaits Flick Prawn’s have been working extremely well at getting these barra to bite. Fishing the tide changes is no doubt a great idea to maximise your chance at getting a bite from these fish. Some good sized jack and cod have also been hanging out with these barra and are usually a welcomed by catch in between barra bites. Spending some time to collect live bait is definitely going to be your best chance at getting these fish to bite if you are into your bait fishing. Using a common ‘running rig’ is a really good way to present your bait to these barra and put you in with a great chance at getting one to bite. For those fishing the flats some good quality grunter and flathead have been on the chew especially during the run out tide at the mouth of the river. Whole prawns, sprat and mullet fillet are the baits working best on these fish. The rock bars up river around Pig Island and Winfield are also producing some cracking sized grunter in the dirtier water.

Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran is definitely producing some really good fish again this week with multiple fish over the magic metre mark hitting the deck. Due to the high water temp the majority of barra have been sitting around the 15 foot mark meaning we have seen great success with slow rolled swimbaits or deeper diving hardbodies worked in this depth range. Plenty of barra have been in Bird Bay and up the South Arm of B, ensuring to be stealthy when sounding for fish is a must. If you are using hardbodies ensure to implement plenty of long pauses into your retrieve as this keeps the lure in the strike zone and is when the barra will strike. Fishing hard during the key bite times like the Kolan River and moon bite times can be a great opportunity to make the most of a short bite window. Good numbers of barra are also being found in the main basin along the bank opposite the boat ramp. Trolling big swimbaits and soft plastics as well as deep diving hardbodies has got the bite after some persistence.

15th of February 2024

Inshore
Although we have not had much of a chance to head out with the unfavourable conditions lately the inshore reefs have still been fishing well in the small weather windows we have had. The standout fish have been the pelagic’s, a lot of tuna, mackerel, queenfish and trevally have been around. The school mackerel have been at times hard to get away from there is that many along the coast. When targeting these pelagic fish finding the bait has been key, start by looking at the pressure edged side of the reef, wreck or headland you are fishing as this is where the bait should be. For the mackerel trolling whole garfish or hardbody lures has worked great when you are trying to cover plenty of ground. If you have found where the mackerel are then dropping a Flasha spoon to the bottom and ripping it in as fast as you can will get the bite. The schools of tuna have been feeding on tiny bait so matching the hatch has been very important to get these fish to bite.
Offshore
The Offshore fishing has definitely been producing some really great quality fish in the short weather windows we have had! This time of year it is very important to be watching the weather closely as these weather windows usually don’t last long. Plenty of reefies have been chewing in the Gutters, Herolds and the Warrego’s on whole pilchards and squid. The key has been to be fishing the pressure edged side of the reef, so whatever face is getting hit with the current. Hopping soft plastics along the reef edges has picked up some great quality trout, red throat and sweetlip with the usual cod as well. The nannygai and reds that people have been catching have come from around 40m of water and have been found on isolated structure, these fish have taken big flesh baits like mullet fillet or fresh fish fillets like a slab of hussar. Rigging these big flesh baits on a bait rig like a Buku Snapbait Hybrid Jig has seen great results for converting these big reds. Some monster cobia have also been found out wide passing through in big schools of fish up to 1.5m long! These cobia love big slabs of mullet fillet or whole squid but also are a sucker for soft plastics and jigs presented to them with small twitches and pauses.
Burnett River
The Burnett has bounced back nicely after all the rain, the river is still quite fresh up the top however the huge tides last week definitely got some salt back up river and some good fish are being caught. The mouth of the river along the rock walls is still the go to place to be fishing at the moment with good sized grunter, cod and flathead being caught at the bases of the rock walls. Using whole sprat or prawns as bait has worked well, catching your own live bait is well worth the effort as this has been getting the better quality fish to bite. Up the top of the river system has seen good sized grunter around town reach and plenty of barra have been getting around this area. These barra have been very hard to tempt a bite from, hopefully with the building tides leading into next Saturday’s full moon we will see some of these fish landed.
Kolan River
The Kolan is also clearing up nicely with the big tides really helping to flush the fresh out of this system. Some really good sized barra have been found up river around Booyan Bridge and also up Yandaran Creek. Interestingly due to how murky this river is we have heard of some threadfin salmon being found and they have been caught on live bait and lures. These fish are quite a rare capture for our area so it is great to see some quality fish being caught. Good numbers of grunter and flathead are still being caught at the mouth of the river system in particular on the drop offs during a run out tide. Fresh sprat and prawns have been the ideal bait for these fish, small curl tail soft plastics in a natural bloodworm colour have been very effective lately.
Elliott River
The Elliott is fishing, prawning and crabbing really well with the recent rain that we have had. For those after a good feed of mud crab pushing right up this system during the run in tide to place your pots in the deep holes up river has been working a treat. Good numbers of prawns have also been in a few of the deep holes so make sure to have a good look at your sounder as you pass through any holes. Some ripper mangrove jack and cod have been coming from this system, live bait has for sure been the go to method to catch these big fish. Finding bait hanging around structure is what to look for, drifting a live bait or a whole prawn into the structure with the current and a lightly weighted sinker has been doing the damage. The barra have still been found in the deep holes during the run out tide, these fish have only taken live baits so be sure to allow plenty of time to secure bait. Good areas to look are areas that are getting hit hard with the current, this is where you should be able to find a few good schools of bait. As always there has been plenty of 40 to 50cm flathead being caught along the drop offs and up in the shallows. Try fishing the shallows during the run in tide and the drop offs as the tide runs out, natural coloured soft plastics have definitely been the go to on these flatties.
Baffle Creek
Baffle Creek is still quite dirty and fresh up river however the mouth and sections up river until around Pig Island have cleared up with the big tides and are definitely fishing better each week. Fishing up river during the incoming tide and working your way out to the mouth as the tide runs out will be your best bet at finding some cleaner water. The grunter have been around in huge numbers with fish up to 60cm being caught during the run out tide on whole sprat and prawns. Allowing plenty of time to gather your own fresh bait and even a few livies is well worth the effort at the moment. Fishing the fallen trees at the mouth of the river during the run out tide is where some of the better sized grunter have been caught, mangrove jack and cod are two other species being caught here regularly as well. The crabbing in this system was red hot over the weekend due to the huge tides really getting these muddies on the move. Using chicken or mullet as bait seemed to work best in the dirty water.
Lake Gregory
Last weekend saw the Annual Bill Proctor Memorial fishing comp held at Lake Gregory by the Bundaberg Sports Fishing Club. The lake was certainly tough to get good numbers of fish on board with the increase in boat traffic paired with 20 knot wind certainly not helping. Those who fished hard did get some quality fish with the biggest bass measuring 44.5cm which was caught by Nelson Philips. Targeting the edges of the dam that was getting hit with the wind seemed to be where most of the feeding fish were as the bait was in these areas. Slow rolled soft plastics and aggressively twitched hardbody lures got the bite even during the middle of the day.
Lake Monduran
This week has yet again seen Lake Monduran produce some more 1m+ barra! The key has been to be fishing the dam on days where there isn’t too much cloud cover. Focusing on key bite times those being the Kolan River tide change, Moon rises, sets and moon above has also really helped people to plan their day on the water and be sitting on good numbers of fish during these times in case they trigger a small bite window. Bird Bay has been absolutely loaded with barra, fishing this bay early in the morning or late in the afternoon has been when the majority of bigger fish have been caught. During the middle of the day targeting the shadow lines around the edges of Bird Bay where overhanging branches and lily pads are has seen good numbers of rat barra caught from right up in the shallows. Like we mentioned last week we are seeing good numbers of barra in the main basin again, those trolling big swimbaits like the Berkely Shimma Pro Rigs have managed to get these fish to bite.

8th of February 2024

Inshore
The Inshore reefs are definitely still producing some great fishing! Good sized trout and stripeys have been caught along the coast and at the common marks on squid and pilchards as bait. Big schools of quality sized grunter have also been caught along the coast with squid being the go to bait. Hopping soft vibes around the rocks, reefs and wrecks along our coast is a great way to target these fish. The pelagic action has still been red hot as well, great numbers of huge queenfish have been caught on the pressure edges along the coast and massive numbers of school mackerel have been found around the bait. Flasha spoons are the go to lure for chasing the mackerel at the moment and for the queenfish a Halco popper works really well.
Offshore
Our Offshore fishing has been producing some really good quality fish as of late with the two standout fish being the huge cobia and red emperor we have been seeing a lot of. The big schools of cobia have been at a lot of ground like the Herolds Patch, Northern and Southern Gutters and some of the wrecks. These fish love big slabs of mullet or whole squid but soft plastics and jigs are also a really effective way to target them. Most of the big reds have come from isolated structure with good shows of bait and the best way to target them has been with fresh flesh baits or slow pitched jigs. Plenty of other tasty reef fish like sweetlip, trout, red throat and hussar have been caught in these areas as well.
Burnett River
With the Burnett well and truly flushed full of fresh water the fishing has been tough. The best results have come from structure around the mouth of the river during an incoming tide. Drifting mullet fillet and whole sprat along the North wall has found some great sized bream, grunter, cod, trevally and queenfish. Those targeting jack have done quite well around the mouth with live bait or mullet fillet being the go to. Plenty of good sized barra are being found at the mouth of the Burnett, getting a bite from one of these barra has been challenging, live baits are definitely your best option at the moment.
Kolan River
Similar to the Burnett the Kolan has had a lot of fresh water flow into it however we have seen some great fish come from this river over the last week. Some big barra are definitely schooled up all throughout the river with some really big fish found at the mouth of the river around the fallen trees. These fish have been very finicky with lures so for now drifting live baits or whole sprat into the structure will give you the best chance. Fishing the sand flats and drop offs with soft plastics has got some good sized grunter and flathead to bite especially around the top of the tide. Drifting whole sprat along the flats is also a really effective way to target these fish and this has been working well. The crabbing in this river has been heating up again and with the big tides this weekend it is looking like the perfect opportunity to throw the pots in for a soak.
Elliott River
The Elliott has been the standout river at the moment, due to it being a smaller system it hasn’t been affected as much as the other systems and it is fishing really well. Heading up this river system with the incoming tide and fishing back out with the run out tide has worked great for a lot of people this week. Good quality cod and jack have been caught as well as bread and butter species like bream, flathead and plenty of grunter. If you are chasing jack, cod and even grunter try fishing the rocky structures and deep holes with whole prawns and sprat. Some good numbers of barra have been found up this river in the deep holes and along the snaggy banks. These fish have been very finicky so be sure to be stealthy when sounding for them and live baits have definitely been the baits working best. Flicking the sand bars with small soft plastics will also manage a great feed of fish with trevally and queenfish being regular catches at the moment. The crabbing up the back of this system has been really good as well, leading into the new moon this weekend we should see it continue to get better.
Baffle Creek
The Baffle is definitely still quite dirty up river however the mouth has started to clear up and with the big tides this weekend it will help to get some salt back into the river. Similar to last weeks report the majority of the fishing has been done around the mouth of the river, in particular targeting rock bars and fallen trees in the cleaner water. Doing so with live baits or mullet fillets and whole sprat has got some good cod, grunter, flathead and even a couple of great sized jack over 40cm. Fishing around the top of the tide has been the go to time to be on the water, around 3 hours either side of the high tide is your best shot at the moment. Fishing slightly up river around Winfield, Flat rock and in Middle Channel is where some good sized jack have been caught on livies and even a few barra have been sounded up along the deeper banks. Fingers crossed we don’t get much more rain as this system is definitely going to be one to look out for when it salts back up!
Lake Gregory
Although the water is dirty in the Lake at the moment we have seen it produce some good numbers of bass especially around the edges. The Cast Prodigy soft plastics have been killing it in the Lake, the wide paddle tail pushes a lot of water and creates a great vibration through the water column which has got these bass fired up in the murky water. A hardbody lure also doing the damage has been the new Fishcraft Dr Stretch 65, twitching this lure along the drop offs and between the trees has worked great especially in the middle of the day.
Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran has been producing some great fish over the 1m mark however the key has been to be fishing the late afternoons and into the night. Fishing for these big fish during the middle of the day has been very hard with mainly 70cm fish being caught and these big barra neglecting anything you throw at them. Spending the time to locate big numbers of barra has been crucial, sitting on fish leading into the night has definitely got the best results. Big swimbaits like the Berkley Shimma Pro Rigs or 7 to 9inch Sicario soft plastics have got the bites. Some better numbers of barra are in the Main Basin again, trolling hardbodies or swimbaits at around 10-15 feet depending on how deep the barra are sitting has worked really well. Trolling can be a great way to save a trip as often times when nothing else will work this will!

1st of February 2024

Inshore
Our Inshore fishing has been red hot lately with plenty of pelagic fish and tasty reefies on the chew! The one fish which has been everywhere lately has been the school mackerel, these fish have been at all the common reefs and wrecks off the coastline, wherever the bait is these fish will surely be there. Trolling hardbody lures and garfish is one very good way to locate these fish, another method proving to be extremely effective is dropping 50g Flasha spoons to the bottom and winding them back up as fast as you can. Some good sized trout, cod and stripeys have been getting caught on bait and lures as well. Finding structure with bait around it is a really good start when trying to find these bottom fish. Whole squid or cuttlefish has been the best bait to be using as well as fresh flesh baits. If you are into your lure fishing the Samaki 127mm Live Prawns will definitely get the bite as well as a 5 to 7 inch jerk tail soft plastic.
Offshore
Our Offshore grounds have definitely been producing some very good quality fish again this week. We had some really good days of weather earlier in the week and we saw plenty of people head out wide and they surely got onto some cracking fish. Big trout, red throat, cobia and sweetlip were the fish caught most with some lucky people getting onto some huge red emperor once again. Big flesh baits and whole squid or cuttlefish has been the baits getting these reefies to bite. Due to the big tides earlier in the week a size 10 ball sinker was a good option to keep your baits in the strike zone. The most important thing when you are trying to finding the fish out wide is to find the bait, often times the majority of bait will be on the pressure edged side of the reef so these areas are always worth a look to begin with. The go to reefs at the moment are definitely the Gutters, Warrego’s and the Herolds Patch, these areas have been producing some very good quality fish.
Burnett and Kolan River
With the recent rain both the Burnett and the Kolan are running fresh. This has obviously pushed a lot of fish towards the mouth of these systems and although this isn’t ideal for the short term in the long term these small floods are necessary and will only make the fishing even better once the rivers salt up again. Good sized grunter have been around in great numbers in both of these systems so fishing the structures at the mouth of the rivers will be your best shot. Drifting out mullet fillet in the dirty water because it is a stronger smelling bait will be a good way to target these fish. Fishing the dirty water line is also a really good way to find predatory fish as a lot of bait usually sits around this area. Hopping soft vibes and soft plastics along this dirty water line is a great way to target trevally, grunter, flathead and even barra or jewfish at times. Fishing the incoming tide as the cleaner, salty water pushes back into the system will bring a lot of the fish in with it and this is where fishing the dirty water line where the salt meets the fresh can be so effective.
Elliott River
Due to the Elliott being a much smaller system compared to the Burnett and Kolan this river has not been effected as much and it has been crabbing, prawning and fishing great! The prawns have been in the deep holes during the run out tide and up on the shallow mud flats around the top of the tide. The mud crabs have been on the move with people getting them all throughout the river system, having plenty of bait in your pots is a great idea with chicken and fresh fish frames working best. The jack fishing in this river has been really good this week especially earlier in the week right after the rain. Fishing the deeper holes with whole prawns or mullet fillet has got the bites. For those chasing these jack with lures big paddle tail soft plastics are doing the damage in the dirty water because the big paddle tail throws out a lot of vibration and the jack can detect it easily. At the mouth of the Elliot some really good sized trevally and queenfish have been around, drifting whole sprat or flicking the sand flats with small paddle tail soft plastics is sure to get one of these guys interested.
Baffle Creek
The Baffle has copped a fair amount of rain and due to how long this system is we have seen some flow coming down stream. Although this has fired up the jack and grunter in this dirty water especially around the mouth of this system. The fallen trees at the mouth have been the prime spots to target these fish, chunks and strips of mullet have been the go to bait but also whole sprat has been working really well. Queenfish and trevally are also getting around especially during the incoming tide, once again fishing the fallen trees and even the dirty water line at the mouth of this system will be your best shot.
Lake Gregory
With the Burnett flooding the water in the Lake is now really dirty however the fishing has still been red hot for those who have adapted to the conditions. Using lures that throw out a large silhouette in the water have no doubt been the most effective lures so far in this dirty water. Dark colours and wider profiled lures like the Rapala Shad Rap Elite or a Zman 3inch minnow are great options at the moment. Fishing the edges of the dam by either slow rolling paddle tail soft plastics or twitching hardbodies along the weed edges has definitely been the most effective way to get a bite from the bass this week. Be sure to cover plenty of ground and once you get a bite focus more on that area as there is likely to be other bass close by.
Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran has been fishing well however it has not come easy due to the very inconsistent weather we have had with the rain and overcast days making things a little tougher than they could be. Fishing during the rain or when it is overcast can definitely make these big barra a bit more lethargic so swapping between lures and using a very slow retrieve is your best chance at getting a bite when you are on a large school of fish. SDA Bay, Bird Bay and the south arm of B Bay have been loaded with barra and a lot of the fish being caught are coming from these locations. These barra have seen a lot of boat traffic so being stealthy about how you approach a spot is crucial. The Main Basin has also started to fill up with some better numbers of fish this week, trolling big soft plastics and swimbaits has been the most effective. At the moment we have seen hardbody lures get most of the bites pretty much all day and as the sun sets on the dam big plastics or swimbaits have been the lures of choice. Samaki Redic DS8O’s and MS90’s have been the standout hardbody lures and Berkley Shimma Pro Rigs are a great swimbait option which are ready straight out of the packet.

25th of January 2024

Inshore
The inshore reefs have been full of life the past couple of weeks! Plenty of pelagic’s have been getting caught with mackerel, tuna and golden trevally being the main two species. The standout areas have definitely been the artificial reef off the Elliot and the 2mile off Bargara. Fishing these area’s with 50g Flasha spoons vertically fast retrieved off the bottom surely will get you into the mackerel action and hopping soft plastics around the bait will be sure to find a few trevally and queenfish. Be sure to set a live bait or float a pilchard out the back as well. There’s been plenty of birds working on the surface with the amount of bait around at the moment and there has been mackerel and tuna spread all through them. Motoring up within casting distance and cutting your outboard and throwing in slugs and soft plastic’s should definitely get you into some arm stretching fish as well!
Offshore
The offshore fishing has been off its head at the moment! Last weekend saw some cracking fish caught on a range of techniques on the offshore reefs. Big trout, red emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, cobia and red throat emperor were on the chew. Whole squid and flesh baits were great options for those targeting these bottom fish. A lot of the action came in the mornings as this was the bigger tide for the day, fishing the pressure edges during this morning tide got the best results. In the afternoon the bite was a little slower as the fish spread out with the small tide movement. The Gutters, Warregos and the Herolds all fished well, finding areas of the reef that had a lot of bait definitely worked best as the majority of fish were in these areas and they were feeding!
Burnett River
The Burnett has still been fishing well and there is plenty of grunter around the rocky structures and bridges in the Town Reach area as well as the North Wall. These fish have ate whole prawns and small soft plastics or soft vibes. The rock bars and bridges have also produced some great quality flathead, cod and jack this week. Whole prawns or sprat have been the baits doing the damage on these fish, rigging them up with a 15 to 20lb fluorocarbon leader around the rocks has been getting the bites. Finding schools of bait hanging around the rocks is a really good place to start as these predatory fish will usually be close by. Great numbers of crab have been found in the main sections of the river with whole mullet or fish frames being the ideal baits to be using. Good numbers of prawns are also being found up the creeks along the shallow mud banks.
Kolan River
The Kolan has been fishing great and the jacks are well and truly fired up! We have seen some very good sized fish and great numbers of them caught during the run out tide at any of the rock bars, bridges and in the deep holes. Live baits, whole sprat or prawn imitation soft plastics have been getting these fish to bite. Fishing the bottom half of the run out tide at the moment has been the prime time to be targeting the jack. The flats fishing at the mouth of this system has also seen good sized queenfish and trevally caught around the snags and schools of bait. Flicking small soft plastics has by far been the most effective way to target these species. Floating out whole sprat rigged with a very small sinker of even no weight at all has got some great results as well. Some big flathead and grunter are still around too, fishing the edges of the shallow flats during the run out tide has been the best way to target these fish. Either whole sprat and prawns or once again small soft plastics has done the trick.
Elliott River
The Elliott River is fishing very well at the moment. This river is offering some great variety with species like cod, jack and big grunter coming on the chew. These fish have been caught mainly from the deep holes and rock bars on whole prawns and sprat or soft plastics rigged weed less to get into the structure. The sand bars and yabbie beds in this river are also great places to soak a bait especially during the incoming tide. Good numbers of flathead are around as well as some quality bream and grunter. As the tide runs off these flats flicking the drop offs will put you in with a great shot at some cracking flathead and grunter as they chase the bait coming off with the tide. This river is also crabbing and prawning really well, heading up the river with the incoming tide has been the go as you can get right up the back of this system and into the action!
Baffle Creek
The standout two fish for the Baffle over the past week has definitely been mangrove jack and grunter. The mangrove jack have been smashing paddle tail soft plastic’s and prawn imitation lures worked over shallow rock bars and out of mangrove roots. If you are more into bait fishing using live or dead poddy mullet and sprat surely is a killer bait to get into the jack action. The best bite times for them is definitely first light in the mornings, last light in the afternoons and into the night. There has been plenty of grunter caught all throughout the system but the mouth seems to be the hottest spot. Slow rolling paddle tail soft plastic’s over the shallow sand bars preferably spots that have yabbie beds or small timber structures on them. The first of the run out tide and the first of the incoming tide is the preferred tides to chase them but you will definitely get a bite from a grunter at any time of the day. There’s also been some cracking whiting being caught so be sure to have the whiting rods packed to fish the incoming tide. Just like the other rivers the Baffle is also crabbing really well so be sure to put the pots in for an overnight soak if you can!
Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is fishing really well again this week with multiple bass nudging the 50cm mark being caught. Fishing the edges of the dam with topwater lures in the low light periods has definitely seen some great results. Using topwater lures always gets some insane surface strikes and this is what makes this style of fishing so addictive! As the sun gets higher in the sky the fish have been moving deeper so small paddle tail soft plastics and small suspending hardbody lures have worked great. When fishing hardbody lures for these bass ensure to give the lure enough time to sit still after a couple of erratic twitches, this is when the bass usually bite!
Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran surely has been producing some cracking barra over the past weel. Plenty of barramundi that have been caught have been over the magic metre mark! With the rain we’ve been experiencing and getting to this time of year plenty of the barra are in the Main Basin and around the surrounding bays like Bird Bay and SDA Bay so you don’t have to travel far from the ramp at all. For those who have found good numbers of fish sitting in the deeper water in the Main Basin trolling large paddle tail soft plastic’s and deep diving hardbody lures has been the go. The standout lures to troll has been Barra Classics and Molix 140 Shads. If you want to stick to casting follow the wind to the wind blown points and bays. The Jackall Squirrels and Samaki Redics are still getting plenty of the bites in the shallower water! Remember to always fish with confidence up there, you never know when that trophy fish will jump onto your line.

18th of January 2024

Inshore
Our Inshore fishing at the moment has sure been red hot! This time of the year due to the Northerly winds we generally see a lot of bait being pushed in close and this brings in the pelagic fish. Queenfish, trevally, tuna and mackerel have been the main species being targeted and caught at the moment. When chasing these fish no matter where you are, finding the bait is key, be sure to spend the time finding the bait and then catching them is the easy part. Dropping Flasha spoons to the bottom and vertically winding them back up to the boat as fast as you can has been the standout technique getting the queenfish, trevally and mackerel to bite. Trolling whole gar or hardbody lures whilst you are trying to find the bait has also worked very well. The tuna that have been in close have mainly been mac tuna however a few big longtail’s have been starting to pop up more regularly. By far the most important thing when chasing these tuna is to match the hatch, having a few different sized metal lures ready to throw at them is crucial. Those chasing bottom fish lately have found some really good results in close with big cod, stripeys and tusk fish being the standout fish on the chew. Whole squid has been the bait getting the bites, once again finding the bait is really important as these fish won’t be far away.
Offshore
The Offshore fishing has definitely been turning it on in the short weather windows we have had! Plenty of reefies have been chewing in the Gutters, Herolds and the Warrego’s on whole pilchards and squid. The key has been to be fishing the pressure edged side of the reef, so whatever face is getting hit with the current. This is because a lot of the bait will be in this area meaning the feeding predatory fish won’t be far away. Hopping soft plastics along the reef edges has picked up some great quality trout, red throat and sweetlip with the usual cod as well. The nannygai and reds that people have been catching have come from around 40m of water and have been found on isolated structure, these fish have taken big flesh baits like mullet fillet or fresh fish fillets like a slab of hussar. Rigging these big flesh baits on a bait rig like a Buku Snapbait Hybrid Jig has seen great results for converting these big reds. Remember to fish the tide changes, the hour either side of the tide can be a great time to capitalise on a short bite window and land some cracking fish.
Burnett River
The mouth of the Burnett is producing some great quality fish this week. A heap of pelagic fish have been feeding on bait around the North Wall and at the Lighthouse. A few solid grey mackerel as well as plenty of school mackerel have also been getting around the mouth and these have been caught on trolled hardbody lures and metal spoons. For the trevally and queenfish that have been around flicking small soft plastics along the rocks has been really effective. A lot of people have also had some great quality by-catch being grunter, cod and even some good sized jack which have all been caught along the rocks. For the bait fishos whole sprat and mullet fillet has been the go to baits when fishing the North Wall and any of the rocky structures at the mouth of the river at the moment. With the amount of rain the crabbing in the Burnett and Skyringville has been on fire. The go to baits has been fish and chicken frames. Heavy Duty pots have definitely been a great investment lately as with the big tides we had last weekend a few of the light pots were either lost or had moved with the tide.
Kolan River
The Kolan River is definitely fishing great, the standout fish has been the jacks and grunter around the mouth of the river. These fish have been up the creeks at the mouth of the river and around the fallen trees. Fishing for these jack and grunter with live baits or strips of mullet fillet has worked well, soft plastics skipped into the mangroves and underneath overhanging trees has also got a good number of the jack to chew. Some big flathead have been on the move with the big tides getting these fish up onto the shallows during the run in tide and along the drop offs and in the deep holes around the low tide. Soft vibes like the new TT Quake vibes have been slaying the fish in the deeper water with jack and cod also taking these lures when worked along the rock bars. The crabbing in this river has been red hot with the recent rain we have had, the majority of the crabs have been found in the main sections of the river. Using a strong smelling bait like chicken frames and mullet fillets has helped to attract more crabs to your pots especially if there are a lot of other pots close by.
Elliott River
Like most of our local rivers at the moment the fishing and crabbing in the Elliott has been really good! Heading up this river system with the incoming tide and fishing back out with the run out tide has worked great for a lot of people this week. Great numbers of cod and jack have been caught as well as bread and butter species like bream, whiting and flathead. If you are chasing jack, cod and even grunter the rocky structures and deep holes during the run out tide have held most of the fish. Fishing these areas with live baits, whole prawns or even prawn soft plastics has worked great. If you are after a feed of bream, whiting or flathead the shallow flats during the incoming tide have been producing good numbers of these fish. Fresh yabbies or beach worms have been getting the bite from bream and whiting and whole sprat has got plenty of quality flathead to hit the deck. Flicking the sand bars with small soft plastics will also manage a great feed of fish with trevally and queenfish being regular catches at the moment.
Baffle Creek
The Baffle is certainly fishing well at the moment especially during the run out tide. Fishing deep mangrove lined banks with whole sprat and mullet has got some really good fish on the deck. Plenty of grunter and jack have been feeding during this run out tide in the dirty water. Spending the time getting some fresh bait has worked a treat, and even if you don’t have a live bait tank a simple aerator will keep your bait alive all day. Around the bottom of the tide and the start of the incoming has been a great opportunity to chase whiting, grunter and flathead on the shallow flats and yabbie beds. Pumping fresh yabbies is by far the most effective bait and using a light monofilament leader is the key to getting these finicky whiting to bite. The crabbing in this river has been really good for those who have pushed up the river system and placed their pots in the main section of river along deep banks. Any deep banks beside a creek entrance have been the hot spots for the big bucks and once again chicken frames, fish frames or whole mullet have worked great.
Lake Gregory
The topwater fishing in Lake Gregory has been really effective again this week. Fishing topwater frogs and hardbody lures in the low light periods and then fishing the deeper drop offs and weed towers during the middle of the day has still been the go to technique. Slow rolling small paddle tail soft plastics along the drop offs has been getting most of the fish. Hardbody lures twitched along the drop offs have also worked really well to get a reaction bite out of these bass if they aren’t feeding aggressively.
Lake Monduran
The Lake is the definitely still producing some really good fishing for those who are putting in the hours and many, many casts. The bite times on the Lake can be extremely unpredictable and the only way to experience these crazy times is to be on the water as much as you can. As of late there have been small windows of multiple 1m+ fish hooked up and many lost from breaking split rings, bending trebles and busted leaders. It’s safe to say these Lake Monduran barra are in incredible condition and will test your gear to its limits. Ensuring all parts of your tackle is up to scratch is paramount in landing these fish of a lifetime. In terms of where to find these fish Bird Bay and the South arm of B Bay have held a lot of fish. Casting hardbody lures along the shallow, windblown points and working them back to the boat with long pauses and erratic twitches has got the bites. Plenty of smaller 70 to 80cm fish have been around as well, these fish are great fun and can sometimes play up even more than the 1m+ models. A few big barra are still in the main basin, using your sounder to locate these fish then either trolling or casting big swimbaits past them has got the best results.

11th of January 2024

Inshore
The Inshore reefs have produced plenty of great opportunities over the last few weeks even for the smaller boats. The pelagic fish have been out and about in big schools and smashing bait right along the coastline. Common reefs like the 2mile off Bargara, Artificial off Elliott Heads and the 4 Mile south of Elliott Heads have all held a great amount of bait and this is where the pelagic fish have been. The most common fish caught have been school mackerel, mac tuna, golden trevally, as well as the odd long tail tuna, grey mackerel and some big spanish mackerel. The rocky headlands from Bargara south to Elliott Heads have also been great places to target these fish, again finding the bait is key. Flasha metal spoons have been the go to lure for the mackerel either fast wound or trolled using a paravane. Using an 80lb fluorocarbon leader has worked great as you will get plenty more bites compared to running a wire trace. When targeting the schools of tuna that have been in great numbers along our coast it pays to have a few different sized metal slugs has you need to match your bait to what they are feeding on. At the moment the Samaki 20 gram Torpedo metal slugs have been working great at matching the small bait these tuna have been feeding on.
Offshore
We had a few cracking days of weather recently and we have definitely seen plenty of people take full advantage of these weather windows whilst most have had some time off. Big spanish mackerel have been in great numbers out wide, the 5 Degree has been producing most of these big fish and trolling hardbodies or garfish has worked well. The Southern and Northern Gutters have had great shows of bait and fish with plenty of big hookups however the sharks have been a real issue. Whole squid or big slabs of flesh baits have been the go for sweetlip, trout and red emperor in these areas. Reefs like the Herolds Patches, Warregos, Boult and Lamont have produced a heap of trout and red throat. Fishing the pressure edged side of the reef with whole pilchards and squid has been really effective at these reefs.
Burnett River
Over the holiday period we have seen the Burnett produce some really good fishing for a lot of families. Whether you are after a feed of our bread and butter species like bream, whiting or flathead or if you are chasing mangrove jack, queenfish or grunter the Burnett has been fishing very well. With the amount of rain we have been getting the prawning and crabbing has also been top tier which had a lot of families eating some top quality sea food over the holidays. The rock bars in the river have been the best places to try and get a good feed of fish as of late. Big bream, grunter and flathead have been the three most commonly caught species and whole sprat or strips of mullet have got these fish to bite. Kirby’s Wall, Talon Bridge or Tofts Rocks are all great areas to try. These same areas have definitely had good numbers of jack caught from them so be prepared for a few of them, if you throw out some livies you should be in with a good chance especially on the run out tide.
Kolan River
The Kolan River has been fishing really well especially for big jack and estuary cod all throughout the river. Fishing the fallen trees at the mouth of the river, Booyan Bridge up river or any of the rock bars up Yanny Creek has been working great. Live baits fished into the night have got the best results. The bream, grunter and flathead have also been on the chew at the mouth of this river system along the shallow flats and drop offs. Fresh yabbies are worth their weight in gold for this style of fishing but small strips of mullet fillet or chook gut has been working well. Over the holidays we saw this river absolutely turn it on for the crabbers, once the word got out this river was full of pots however a lot of people managed to get a great quality feed. Figuring out exactly where the crabs are can be difficult but once you found them they were thick, deep holes directly after a shallow flat were prime locations.
Elliott River
Similar to our other rivers we saw the Elliott produce some really good fishing, crabbing and even prawning at times over the holiday period. The shallow sand bars and yabbie banks in the Elliott were the go to spots for flathead, bream and whiting with fresh yabbies, beach worms or chook gut getting the bites on the incoming tide. If you were on the water during the run out tide chasing these fish along the drop offs was very effective as these fish moved into deeper water waiting for the bait to get pushed off the shallow flats. Plenty of people got into some good jack and cod action up river by fishing the rock bars and the mangrove lined banks with either live bait or whole prawns and mullet fillet. The run out tide has definitely been the go to time to be chasing these fish and don’t be afraid to try a few spots until you find some feeding fish.
Baffle Creek
Each year during the holiday periods we see Baffle Creek become a hot spot for a lot of families due to the amount of camping options this creek has. With the amount of people fishing the river the boat noise can definitely impact the fishing and make it a little harder to get the fish to bite. This year we found those who got up early or stayed out late and fished hard during the times when not a lot of people were on the water had the best results. Fishing the rock bars leading into the night with mullet fillets or whole prawns worked really well and got some big grunter, jack and cod to bite. Most people fished the sand bars and drop offs chasing fish like flathead, grunter, bream and whiting. Although a lot of people caught these fish the best results were hands down from those using fresh yabbies or beach worms paired with a light fluorocarbon leader. Some good quality crabs were also on the move with the amount of rain this system had, placing your pots in the deeper sections of river either up creeks in deep holes or along the steep banks in the main river worked really well.
Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is fishing really well at the moment, focusing on fishing the edges of the dam during the low light periods with topwater lures has been the key! Small unweighted topwater frog lures like the Daiwa Bait Junkie Kikker is very effective as you can hop them over the weed, and lily pads without fouling your lure up in the structure. Some good Saratoga have been feeding in areas of the dam where the leaf litter is hitting the water, these toga love to sit underneath this and wait for any insects to fall onto the water. During the middle of the day casting at the drop offs with deep diving hardbody lures or slow rolling small paddle tail soft plastics has worked best as these bass move into deeper water.
Lake Monduran
Lake Monduran has been fishing well however it has not come easy due to the very inconsistent weather we have had with the rain and overcast days throwing a spanner in the works. Fishing during the rain or when it is overcast can definitely make these big barra a bit more lethargic so swapping between lures and using a very slow retrieve is your best chance at getting a bite when you are on a large school of fish. SDA Bay, Bird Bay and the south arm of B Bay have been loaded with barra and a lot of the fish being caught are coming from these locations. These barra have seen a lot of boat traffic over the holidays so being stealthy about how you approach a spot is crucial. At the moment we have seen hardbody lures be very effective pretty much all day and as the sun sets on the dam big plastics or swimbaits have been the lures of choice. Samaki Redic DS8O’s and MS90’s have been the standout hardbody lures and Berkley Shimma Pro Rigs are a great swimbait option which are ready straight out of the packet.