Weekly Report 9 Apr 08

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Weekly Report 9 Apr 08

Post by Brad » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:04 pm

With nights and mornings cooling, it is a sure sign that winter is definitely on its way. Just about the right time to bring out the woolies, I think. For the keen fisherman, daybreak at the mouth of the Burnett River is producing good sized mackerel and tuna, and out wider larger Spanish mackerel are taking the bait. Trolling or drifting unweighted gar, pilchards and pike seem to be producing best results. Rapidly retrieving spoons and metal slugs is also a successful technique to capture these powerful species. On our outer reefs red emperor, coral trout, sweetlip and snapper at night have been the main topic of conversation.

Keep in mind, when leaving the river mouth extra safety gear must be on board. Check your safety list before leaving the boat ramp – it could save you a lot of money later. This weekend sees the running of the annual Blue Water Sports Club Bag A Bream Classic. It is being held at the Blue Water Sports Club at Burnett Heads. With cash prizes for numerous fish species for both senior and junior, as well as plenty of lucky draws, it is a great competition for the whole family to enter. Contact the Blue Water Club for more details.

On the estuary scene, the deeper channels around our river mouths are producing queenfish and trevally while large flathead and whiting are still being found around the sand flats. Trumpeter and the occasional salmon are still taking live baits in the deeper holes. Kirby’s Wall has been producing the odd bream, some of which are measuring up to 40cm long, but it’s been patchy. Greater numbers should start to appear in the next few weeks, once the nights become a little cooler. Soft plastics seem to be producing the bigger fish. On the freshwater scene, barra have slowed at Lake Monduran because of the dropping water temperature, so it’s time to change our tactics in targeting this great species. With the low temperature the barras metabolism slows right down so they are not as aggressive as they usually are. There is a few ways we can combat this.

Firstly, look for the warmest water temperature you can find and of course, around the middle of the day is best. Second, try using suspending lures. These are lures that don’t float, but suspend in the water column, thus keeping the lure in the barras face longer. Thirdly, try slowing your retrieval right down, again keeping the lure in the strike zone longer. When targeting structure don’t just cast once and move on. Cast a number of times as the first cast will stir up the barra and nine times out of ten the third cast will create a strike.

Don’t fall into the trap of doing things the same way on every visit to the dam. Always keep an open mind. Something that worked last week might not necessarily work this week. Try using different lures, colours and retrieval techniques during the day until you find a pattern that works. These are just a few tips that hopefully will increase your chances of landing your first or largest barra during the winter months.
Until next time,
Gary Leather
Tackle World Bundaberg Fishing Team

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