The hot wet weather has really set in and the fishing has fired up. December saw some ordinary weather but some great fishing and January will most likely follow suit.
The Burnett River has just kept producing, the lure fishers have been catching salmon, mangrove jack, cod and big grunter and the bait fishers have been getting amongst some quality grunter and bream. With the influx of travelling anglers over January the earlier you are on the river, the better chance you will have at getting to the fish before the crowds.
The deeper water over January is where it happens and if the river gets a fresh run in it, live baits and bright sinking lures jigged around these deeper holes should produce the goods. If the weather is kind the mouth will produce some great pelagic fishing with plenty of mac tuna, mackerel and the odd queenfish. Trolling around the north wall as the sun comes is a great way to get into some of the action and my favourite lure is a purple chrome Halco Scorpion running around 1m down. If you see the birds diving it’s time to get the metal slices out and start high speed spinning.
The Baffle had a good fresh run through it in December, which should fire up the mouth over January. All the usual species have been on the chew with the flathead, bream and whiting all biting well on fresh prawn and live yabbies.
Lure fishers will find a few mangrove jack, cod and trevally hanging around the rock bars. You may well encounter a few barramundi but remember you must not take them out of the water just release them at the side of the boat.
There have been some nice grunter and salmon being caught as well, but they have been scattered and only small numbers when you do find them. The upper reaches will be very fresh now for a few months but it will still hold a few fish and will be worth a look if you’re keen.
A wonderful holiday destination Woodgate is also a great spot to have a fish. There are several options if you stay at Woodgate; there is Theodolite Creek, which is a good high tide creek in a boat and an awesome low tide creek in a kayak. You can also drop the boat in at Walkers Point, which gives you access to the Burrum River system and access to heading out into Hervey Bay. Of course there are also miles of beautiful beach to walk and fish, which is just so soothing to the soul.
Enjoy your January holidays and please keep in mind it’s a very hot month so keep plenty of water in the boat.Reads: 527