Weekly Report 30 Jan 08

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Weekly Report 30 Jan 08

Post by Brad » Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:19 am

At last we have a break in the weather with the winds finally abating, the water temperature rising and water clarity improving. Put all these factors together and we have a perfect recipe for a great summer of fishing, but where do we go? With a great fishery right on our doorstep, why not plan an outing on our own Burnett River? Let’s start our trip at daylight where we venture to the beacons in the shipping channel at the mouth of the Burnett. Targeting mackerel and tuna, try trolling metal slugs, barra spoons or squid skirts. Drifting with unweighted gar and
pichards is another great option.

Once the sun rises try the North Wall for moses perch, bream, flathead and whiting. Traveling up the river, a definite stop is the pylons at the Port. This is a prime area for the elusive mangrove jack and fingermark. Hard-bodied lures, soft plastics and live sprat and poddy mullet are the best options. Our next stop would be the Ferry Crossing, a great haunt for large salmon, trumpeter, bream and mangrove jack. For those of you who enjoy a feast of mud crabs and prawns, Rubyanna Creek is the ideal place. Just up from the Ferry Crossing, it’s the perfect area to target these crustaceans.

Our next stop would be the large sand bar near the red beacon at Fairymead. Bring out the whiting and flathead gear because that’s what we are targeting here. Fresh yabbies and sand worms are a must. Once we bag a few, let’s travel further upstream to Kirby’s Wall, a large bank of rocks jutting out from the shoreline. This is an ideal place for bream, cod and moses perch. Prawns, squid and soft plastics are the pick of the baits. Once the tide has risen fairly high head for the Town Reach, but before we arrive make a quick stop at the hot water outlet behind Millaquin Mill. A prime area for trevally and queenfish, small chrome slugs and soft plastics are ideal for this area. Arriving at the Town Reach, the soft plastic fisherman will notice a vast array of structures with pylons riddled with oysters. You certainly have to have
your wits about you in this area. Drifting with the tide, cast your lures well under these jetties and trawlers and hold on. If you’re sick of re-rigging your line with no results, head up river to the deep hole near the Tallon Bridge. Prawns, squid and mullet fillets are the pick of bait for salmon, trumpeter, bream, cod and flathead. This is one of the deepest holes in the river, so a set line with live bait is a great option.

You’ll need the tide to be fairly high to navigate to our next destination, Toft Rocks. Toft Rocks is a large ridge of rocks crossing almost half way across the river, so do take care in this area. Mangrove jack, bream, trumpeter, whiting and flathead are the species we will target here. Our final port of call is Splitters Creek. Again you need the right tide to arrive
here, a prime area for mud crabs and prawns. Well, that’s a quick trip of the Burnett River, and hopefully you will have an array of seafood on the menu for the evening meal, and always remember to limit your catch, don’t catch your limit.
Till next time,
Gary Leather

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