As memories of cold westerly breezes start to fade and the daylight begins to last longer, winter rolls by for another year, bringing the impending warmth of spring and all it has to offer.
Lately there has been a fair bit of action around the bay. Green toads have been prolific, typical for this time of year, with a very healthy appetite for plastics.
Soft plastics don’t have a high mortality rate at the best of times and when you add a toad into the equation getting a plastic back in one piece can be difficult. Their strong jaws make little work of the heaviest trace material and have the capacity to render gang hooks unusable after one strike. At times like these a change of location can be the only way to avoid these noxious fish.
Snapper have been plentiful around the Arti, Wathumba, Rooneys and the Gutters with quite a few fish over the 7kg mark. Estuary cod have been thick around the Arti, Bagimba and Moon ledge and there are still a few squid around Big Woody and Kingfisher Bay.
Up in the creeks chopper tailor have been taken on plastics and lead slugs, whereas bread and butter species like bream, flathead and whiting have been all over mullet fillets, yabbies and small crabs. There are also still some good quality muddies coming out of the Mary & Susan Rivers.
River Heads has produced a few spotties, trevally, bream and flathead. There have even been a couple of jew caught on plastics and live herring around the mouth.
The dam has fished well for barra through the cold spell with plenty of fish over 1m still turning up. The cooler months are a pleasant time to fish Monduran without getting baked in the hot summer sun, and if the barra are not responding there are some massive bass worth the pursuit that call this water way home.
Casting or trolling conventional bass lures work well and Monduran bass are quite capable of nailing medium sized barra lures no problems. Trolling a spread of different sized lures at various depths will cater to both species doubling potential strikes. Being situated just past Gin Gin it is only 90 minutes travel from Hervey Bay and a great alternative when the wind restricts saltwater activities.Reads: 900