Southeasterlies turn the beaches on
  |  First Published: April 2016

So much for autumn starting! March was hot and wet in Bundaberg, so let’s hope April cools down a bit and gives us a chance to get out on the water. April is traditionally the cooling down month of the year, with shorter days and clearer nights, which marks the onset of more stable weather patterns.

As we all know, March really delivered some heat and rain more synonymous January than a March. This prolonged summer pattern should help out those guys keen on getting into the barramundi and mangrove jacks around Bundaberg, as the heat will keep the fish active for longer.

The Burnett River

The recent heavy rain will help the Burnett River fish well throughout the rest of the year, as those regular flushes are great for moving fish and food around. There have been some great captures in the river lately, with barramundi, grunter and bream around for those keen on targeting each species separately.

The barramundi seem to be the fish flushed out of the Kolan, as they are still very black from time in the fresh. They would have had to run the gauntlet of nets to get out, but luckily enough, quite a few have managed to escape and spread out. One lucky angler Jimmy Wilkinson managed to get his first barramundi recently, a fish of 84cm, while trolling the river. Well done Jimmy, all those hours of fishing have paid off.

If you’re keen to have a crack at a barra in the Burnett over April, I would be looking for the deeper holes to troll or sink down some vibes or blades. I would also have a look upstream wherever the bait are schooled, as barra usually aren’t far from where the food hangs out. Spots like Toft Rocks and around the town bridge pylons are great starting points.

The grunter have been very consistent, with most anglers targeting them managing to put a few good ones in the boat. Again, the key is to target them and not just drift and hope for a bite. Fresh bait is the key to getting into those bigger specimens of grunter, and they can turn up in 25ft of water or just 10ft of water. You just have to look for them.

They do like gravely rocky bottoms at times, so keep an eye out at low tide for shale or rocky bottoms and then go back there on the incoming tides with nice fresh bait like prawns or yabbies and you should find a few grunter.

The bream have been a little more predictable with bream hanging out just about everywhere, even being a nuisance when targeting grunter. There are a lot of small bream around, but the larger ones can be found and larger baits will usually bring those better quality fish out from hiding.


Recently, with the constant battering of the southeasterlies the beaches have started to turn up some great catches of dart and bream. Sandy beaches like Coonar and Woodgate are usually calm for most of the year, protected from big swells by Fraser Island, but when the southeasterlies just keep blowing the beaches finally start to move and the fish move in closer for a feed.

Dart are probably the easiest beach fish to get into and fishing with the kids off the beach for dart is just great family fun. A simple rig with a running sinker with a bit of prawn for bait and the kids and adults can have some great fun and get a feed as well.

Over April this shouldn’t change too much as the dart, bream and whiting will continue to hunt around the shore looking for a feed, just look for gutters and deeper water in close as this is where you will find most of the fish.

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