Monduran turns it on through May and there’s no sign of it slowing down into June. May was like a summer month with temperatures warmer than usual, and most days hit a top of 28-30°C, which resulted in some of the best fishing we’ve seen all season. This, coupled with mild nights, has created optimum conditions for barra to feed now and extend further into the cooler months.
Once you’ve found a lure that continually works well time and time again it’s very hard to use anything else. There is no doubt all barra lures will have success here at one time or another and I encourage anglers to mix it up. Through my experience I find it very hard to beat the success rate of a Jackall Squirrel and Smash Minnows. Other must have lures are the Squidgee 110 and 130 Pro Range plastics and the 6” ZMan SwimmerZ.
It’s great to see many anglers boat their personal bests, in particular over the long weekends. Conditions were perfect and the campground was full of anxious anglers desperate get among some barra action. It was particularly busy for me with charters scheduled both mornings and afternoons and it didn’t take long for the word to get out, as to where the barra could be caught.
With the word spreading quickly, it was essential for me to get to these areas as early as possible, to put my clients in the box seat. In some cases throughout these sessions there were up to ten boats in one area at a time, but this didn’t deter the barra from biting. It was awesome to see the courteous manner that everyone approached the area with, and equally exciting to see the camaraderie displayed by anglers who cheered and congratulated other anglers on boating their PBs. This positive vibe extended through the campground only to see everyone gather at the camp kitchens to share their photos and experiences of the day.
It’s been very encouraging to see a huge number of smaller barra caught over the previous months. This is testimony to the hard work done by the stocking association and extra funds raised from the Sponsor A Barra Program. The last fingerling release was carried out through the middle of December 2015, and these baby barra were let go at around 60-100mm long and are now being re-caught at around 450mm long. These staggering growth rates are a result of releasing fingerlings into the lake weed beds and lily pads areas, which extend around most of Lake Monduran’s shoreline. These weed beds create a safe haven and feeding ground all in one, and are essential to maximise survival rates and growth of these barra. While these weed beds exist, we need to stock as many fingerlings as we can to protect these great results.
• The team here at Lake Monduran Holiday Park look forward to seeing you over the coming month, we are always on hand to offer you accurate on the spot information and updates, because we live here. Ph (07) 4157 3881, or Guideline Fishing Charters (Rob) 0410 599 147.Reads: 246