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Big barramundi snagged in Burnett River

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Catch of the week: Corey Cronin with a 108cm barra caught in the Burnett River.


With the weather and wind looking better for this weekend it will be ideal for the bigger boats to get offshore. Good reports of coral trout, red emperor, parrot fish and plenty of sweetlip being on the chew. For all those smaller boats the inshore reefs are certainly playing the game.

Good size snapper and grunter are starting to turn up in numbers, floating down a whole pilchard or squid bait will soon get you hooked up.

If you’re wanting to lure fish for these species, throwing out a vibe is always your best option.
There has been plenty of pelagic action happening out the front with trevally, queenfish, tuna and mackerel being caught, so having a metal slug ready for any birds working in the area is a good idea.

Getting out early is often your best chance but always check your latest weather forecast before heading offshore.

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Jamie and Jay Thomas with a pair of cracking red emperor.


As for the Burnett River, it has been clearing out over the last two weeks and has been producing plenty of big grunter, bream, flathead, barra and mangrove jack.

With the river currently full of bait, using lures is a great way to get a bite as you can impart loads of action into the lure making it seem distressed or injured and stand out from the rest.

Putting the pots in while you go for a fish has been a great idea as of late, with the Burnett producing plenty of big bucks, you are more than likely to get a feed.


Both these rivers have been fishing well over the last couple of weeks.

Grunter, flathead, bream and whiting have been the main species on the menu.

Catching fresh bait with either a cast net or a yabbie pump will help you put more fish in the boat.

Crabs have been on the move so throwing in the pots is a great idea whilst you spend a couple hours fishing or overnight if you have the chance.


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Shane James with a 98cm Barra from Lake Monduran.

As the water cools in Monduran it can be all about the angler adapting to what the fish are doing. Finding where the fish are holding is a start.

Fish will use the weed like a blanket or go into the shallows at the backs of bays where the wind is pushing warmer water into.

Bays and points that are a degree or two warmer are good areas to find fish.

Slowing your retrieve down and keeping it in the strike zone for longer can be the difference between putting fish in the boat or going home with nothing so be sure to use plenty of long pauses.

Keep on casting, Shane Anderson
Tackle World Bundaberg