March madness in Bundaberg
  |  First Published: March 2007

The hot, dry start to 2007 has not helped Bundaberg’s inconsistent fishing, and like most places in SEQ we need a good wet to get the rivers and creeks running. There has still been some great fishing in between the strong southerlies and hot northerlies with Baffle Creek producing some big jacks, bream on making tides and some nice muddies in the offshoots of small creeks.

Around Winfield the weed edges are crawling with flathead. I have been sinking white 4” Berkley Gulps down the face of the weed edges then hopping them back to the boat slowly. Live baiting at night has been producing jacks to 50cm along with some big bust offs. I suggest anchoring the boat a bit further away from the rock or snags and casting a little short – if the fish are around, they will find your bait and this gives you a better chance of stopping the fish.

The Burnett

The Burnett has been producing plenty of action around the heads with pelagics chasing the big bait schools in the area. High speed spinning with metal slugs and Twisties has been the easiest way to connect to a fish while trolling deep diving lures has been the go as the sun heats up in the morning.

If you’re new to trolling around the mouth of the Burnett find a chrome 120 Halco Laser Pro and pink herring Tilsan Barra. Run them 30ft out the back of the boat and troll them at about 5km/h following the drop-off along the north wall in around 20ft of water. Keep going until you reach the third navigation marker from the end of the north wall and then track back following the channel edge on the southern side. I start with this pattern and if it is a bit slow I change speeds and vary my course until I crack the pattern.

If you find some schooling fish on the sounder try dropping the metal Twisties to the bottom and then ripping them through the fish at high speed. If that doesn’t work, jigging the slugs in the middle of the school.

Monduran Dam

The dam’s fishing has been very patchy with some days producing heaps of strikes and great fishing and other being a real effort to get the barra to bite. I have been spending lots of time on the dam lately and the dropping water levels are making it hard for fish to establish good hunting patterns.

There are a lot of good fish holding in weed edges that respond to hard-bodied and soft plastic lures. The heat causes the fish to move out of the edges during the day and push back in during the cooler afternoon period. I think they stay there until mid morning then have a chew for an hour or so then slow down until the afternoon.

On a recent trip my mate Tony pulled a barra from a weed edge. As I took the photo of the fish Tony mentioned that the barra was actually hot to touch thanks to the 31 surface temperature.

March should be a good time to target fish on the edge of the old creek beds, trolling will the best way to cover ground and find fish good luck and take plenty of lures.

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