Fish feeding actively
  |  First Published: December 2004

So far most Sunshine Coast anglers fishing the fresh have been pretty well rewarded for their efforts. Both MacDonald and Borumba are delivering the goods as water temperatures rise, encouraging most species to feed actively.

Even the upper reaches of the Noosa River have been worth a visit, with a few good bass tempted by small poppers very early in the morning. Fringe dwellers of the upper estuaries such as tarpon have also been pretty keen to hit small lures, slugs and of course fly.


Lake MacDonald has continued to fish well for those chasing bass. Trollers have succeeded with small extra-deep diving minnow lures, particularly along the old creek bed. This structure, which is easy to find but difficult to follow, often holds good fish. The bubble trail and the dam wall are good places to start if you’d like to have a go at deep trolling along the old creek bed.

Casting the weed beds and the flats has also produced the goods on some respectable bass close to 50cm. Spinnerbaits and beetlespins have been doing the job in these areas, and bibless rattlers have also accounted for a few good fish.


Up at Borumba the bass have also been keen and have been located in schools. Mark Pertot has been a regular visitor to Borumba for many years and his trips have become a little more regular of late. Mark has accounted for plenty of bass to 40cm and some quality saratoga as well.

Casting small lures and spinning lures around the timber and up in both the Kingham and Yabba arms has been productive. Andrew Grabham has also been into the ‘toga with a good score of five landed and three dropped fish during one session in early December. Andrew fished for most of the day from dawn to dusk and was rewarded for his perseverance with saratoga to 65cm. Andrew caught the fish on poppers and fly in the Borumba arm.


1) Mark Pertot looks pretty happy with this quality saratoga up at Borumba Dam.

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