SUNSHINE Coast impoundments have been fishing well through December and into the new year. Lake MacDonald has been a favourite haunt of locals who have pulled some big bass out of the weed beds. Cast spinnerbaits and beetlespins have been doing well around the weeds, particularly the point just outside Bass Bay and at the end of the grass airstrip.
In the main body of the dam trollers have been having a ball catching and releasing plenty of bass on gold extra deep diving minnows. Once again most fish are barely legal but there are enough fish in the high 40s to keep everyone on their toes.
Mary River cod have been quite rare lately although the odd one turns up here and there. One fish of 8kg was caught while trolling the old creek bed, once again on an extra deep minnow lure. The creek bed is easy to find but very difficult to follow as it meanders all over the place.
Up at Borumba things are improving, particularly for those chasing saratoga. A few bass have also succumbed to trollers and lure tossers, and the most productive areas to try are the bays and rock walls between the boat ramp and the Eagle’s Nest.
The saratoga have been responding well to Betts No 3 jig spins, dressed with a cut-down 3in Slider grub. Don’t forget to dunk the tail in some garlic scent which can turn lookers or followers into takers!
Small minnow lures in green or gold have worked a treat on the bass, particularly along the rock walls and up in both Yabba and Kingham arms. Slow retrieves seem to work best. Gook luck!
1) Mark Pertot caught this quality saratoga up at Borumba on a jig spin lure.Reads: 626