Report 12 Jul 07

Tim Mulhall
Tackle World Bundaberg
22 Quay St. Bundaberg, Q 4670
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Report 12 Jul 07

Post by Brad » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:54 pm

The cold south-westerly winds have certainly made us realise that winter is definitely upon us. The keen reef fishermen willing to put up with the weather conditions have been landing a mixed bag of reef species. Mackerel have been scarce but a lot of black king up to 30kg have been bagged over the past weeks. The elusive red emperor seem to have been taken out a bit wider in the deeper waters for those with larger boats. Sweetlip, parrot and hussar have been the main species filling iceboxes. The angler willing to put up with the cold conditions have been rewarded with good size snapper on our closer inshore reefs, including the Cochrane Artificial Reef at Elliott Heads. The better results have been at night around the full moon.

With winds being unpredictable lately, a lot of anglers have preferred to target our estuary systems. Winter whiting aren't here in great numbers at present but anglers targeting these fish have landed fair-sized bags of them. Most people have been concentrating their efforts on the mouth of the Burnett River around the second beacon out to sea. Drifting with thin strips of squid as bait, across the sand bar in the northern side of the river seems to give the best results. The northern wall of the Burnett River is a favourite haunt for a lot of anglers and has been producing good sized bream, but be aware that there is a lot of pike amongst them. Skyringville, home of the flathead has been living up to it's name. There have been numerous reports of fish being landed oversize, so be aware of the size limits on this excellent table fish.

Tailor and queenfish seem to have bypassed the Burnett River but the mouth of the Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been producing nice catches. Casting chrome slugs through the schools of bait has been creating best results.

On the freshwater scene, with the water temperature plummeting down to sixteen degrees over the past weeks, the barra have been fairly quiet. However, for those keen bass fishermen it is the prime time of year. Lake Monduran has actually been stocked over the years with twice as many bass than barra, and with the dam making a name for itself as one of south-east Queensland's better barra impoundments, don't disregard the bass, especially at this time of year. There have been reports of bass taken around the 68cm mark in recent times. Spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits in natural colours have been the preferred lures of choice.
Gary Leather
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Tim Mulhall with a 51cm bass he caught at Lake Monduran

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