After a few months of tougher conditions Lake Monduran has turned it on!
Each week has seen more and more big barra getting caught whilst the water temps continue to increase.
This week has been no exception with numerous barra over the magic metre mark hitting the deck each session.
Stealth has been key when finding these barra, electric motors are crucial for covering ground as quietly as possible whilst making a very minimal disturbance.
With the Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic scheduled for Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of October, it is very good to see the dam firing up this early.
A few more weeks of warmer weather and there will be some awesome sessions had at the dam that's for sure.
The inshore reefs off Bundaberg this week have been producing some cracking fish.
School mackerel have been around in numbers and proving easy to catch with trolling around the Leads at Burnett Heads doing well.
Although easy to get snipped by these mackerel, using a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader has resulted in a lot more hook ups.
If you don't have plenty of gear to lose, definitely use a short section of wire trace to avoid this from happening.
As for bottom fishing, plenty of smaller snapper have been caught this week as well as some big grunter which have liked a smaller bait.
Last weekend's weather certainly turned it on for all the keen fishos craving to get out wide and chase some reef fish.
This weekend's neap tides will be the ideal time to head out and fish some deeper water if the weather allows.
Going down to a size 4 ball sinker and big flesh baits will give you a good shot at some big nannygai and red emperor that are often caught during these neap tides.
The new Buku Hybrid Bait Jigs have already been slaying some big reds and nannygai so if the weather plays the game these will be a no brainer to have on board.
For the lure fishermen and women, soft vibes like the Nomad Vertrex Max have been deadly during the neap tides, if baits aren't working sometimes it pays to switch things up and find what these big bottom fish will eat.
The Burnett is starting to fire up with these warmer days seeing mangrove jack and barra getting caught.
Rock bars and walls further up the river is where these fish have been found. Using whole prawns or live bait has worked best for the jacks this week.
The barra have liked 5 inch slow rolled soft plastics during a run out tide. Around the mouth of the river is seeing plenty of action at the rock walls with land based fishing seeming to be the go at the moment.
Plenty of families have been pulling up a chair or two and having a nice relaxing couple of hours and catching a few fish keeping the kids entertained.
Flesh baits thrown in close to the rock walls on a run out tide have worked best.
Last weekend's big tides fired the whiting up with anglers catching a few quality sized ones on fresh yabbies and beach worms.
Saturday night proved to be the best time to catch these smart fish as they were a lot less finicky.
Some big flathead are still being caught at the mouth on the shallow flats with the run out tide working best this week.
Big grunter have still been caught in the deeper holes up the river along with some solid flathead, cod and the odd tailor coming through. With the water temps continuing to rise, the jacks up river have started to chew.
Whole prawns have been the best bait rigged with a light running ball sinker. Anchoring on steep banks with plenty of structure has worked well for now.
The Baffle has had yet another week of great fishing with the warmer weather really getting the summer species fired up.
A lot of big cod and jacks around the 40cm mark have been caught in tight structure. Hardbody lures have managed to get a few of these fish to bite with gold coloured lures working best.
Live bait like small poddy mullet has also managed to trick a few larger fish.
Further down the river towards the mouth has seen big grunter and flathead caught on more natural coloured lures as the water continues to clear up from the recent big tides.
Shimano's range of Dura Tough Squidgie soft plastics have been dynamite.
The Baffle Creek Family Fishing Festival is fast approaching and with the river fishing as well as it is we should see some cracking fish caught.
See the following website for details https://www.bafflecreekfishing.com/
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