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River firing with bream, grunter, flathead

Grunter river fishing
CATCH OF THE WEEK! Gail Harmer with a cracker 70cm grunter.


The wind this week once again looks like it’s not going to play the game.

For the offshore guys and girls with the wind the way it is, it’s a perfect time to check over your gear and get your reels serviced and ready for when the weather gods turn it on.

If you do decide to head out make sure to check the latest weather report.    


The river at this time of the year is firing with good numbers of grunter, bream, flathead and the odd whiting.

If you’re wanting to chase grunter and bream the best spots are the rubble beds, shale bottoms and deeper holes.

A few good spots that come to mind are the molasses shed, rock walls between the Fairymead boat ramp and the Burnett Heads boat ramp, Strathdees boat ramp and the gravel beds towards the Port.

The go to bait has been mullet strips and prawns, however lures are an extremely effective way to cover more ground.

A Zerek Fish Trap in the 65mm pink eye or the Samaki pearl shrimp 70mm hopped along the bottom with long pauses should entice a few bites.


Grunter river fishing
Hayley Ward with a bream in Baffle Creek.

The crabs have been on the move before we get some cold weather so the deeper holes at the mouths of the creeks are a favourite for me. The bait can be mullet heads, fish frames or even chicken frames from the local butcher.

There has been some good whiting caught around the mouth of the Kolan using yabbies on the sand flats.

The Kolan and Baffle also have good rocky bottoms and deeper holes to chase bream, grunter and flathead.

When using bait I buy a whole mullet fillet, I use the fillets for bait and the left over frame for my crab pots.


With the weather starting to cool down the fish have been sitting deep in the weed and in the shallow bays.

The weedless plastics and top water lures have been producing the bites with the water temp at this time of the year playing a big part of catching barramundi.

The trick is to find the warmer water and less pressured points to fish.

The 140 Molix has been the go to lure for most anglers.

The wind has pushed a lot more fish towards the back of the dam and the northern banks, remember to try and keep the wind at your back when looking for fish.

Burnett fishing barra
Dale Smith with a 98cm barra at Lake Monduran.

Until next time, tight lines
Nathan Sutton
Tackle World Bundaberg