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Rain keeps river systems full of fish

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Liam Duffy with a 103cm barramundi he caught in the Burnett River recently

The team from Tackle World Bundaberg have provided their tips on the best fishing locations for the week ahead, with river systems fishing well due to recent rain.


With the recent weather patterns, most of the offshore spots haven’t seen much action and the fisherman have been chomping at the bit to get out wide.

There should be some nice fish caught on the slack tides this weekend.

We have a full moon so there will be a fair bit of run, but the top and bottom of the tide will be the times to fish.

Always check the weather before heading out!

The weather this weekend is looking ok but it could always change.

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Jackson Home with a Spanish mackerel he caught off Bargara


The local inshore reefs have been producing some quality fish.

Around the 4mile reef off the Elliott River, there has been coral trout, grassy sweetlip, grunter, queenfish and school mackerel.

There has been reports of spanish mackerel off the coast too.

The fish have been caught on a range of lures and baits.

The Halco Laser Pro Red and White has been doing the damage. The soft prawn lures and the jerk shads have been working well on the trout, sweetlip and queenfish.

They have also been catching mackerel floating unweighted pilchards.

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Lezz Symons with a flathead he caught at Kellys Beach Bargara recently


The river systems have been fishing well after the rain.

With the freshwater running into the river, it stirs the mud up, filling the rivers with nutrients and it aerates the water.

The prawns should start to be on the move as well.

The grunter and bream have been caught throughout the river systems but most of the bigger models have been caught towards the river mouths.

This time of the year, the flathead start to move onto the flats to chase the sprat, poddy mullet and prawns.

They are always easier to catch in the shallow sand and mud flats, because they are looking for the bait fish that like the warmer water.

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Danny Munn with a grassy sweetlip he caught off Bundaberg


This weekend the moons are going to be right.

With the lead up to the full moon and the constant wind direction, we should see some cracking numbers coming out of the dam over the next week.

The go to lures are Samaki Redic in the 100mm whitebait colour and 6 inch hollow belly rigged on a 8/0 ½ ounce Barambah jig head.

The slow roll method for the retrieve has been producing the good size fish.

The tree lines and submerged timber has been the pick of places with a lot of good size fish being caught and lost.

There has also been a lot of weed growing in the dam again with some anglers using frogs and surface lures over the top; and this has been showing a few promising signs.

The Humminbird Fishing Classic is on at Lake Monduran from Friday March 18th to Sunday March 20th, so be aware if you are heading up to the lake this weekend that there will be more people about than usual.

Good luck to all participants.

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