What a great wet start to the year! The Baffle will be running fresh for months and every little creek in the area has had a good flush.
With such a great wet there has been a lot of logs and debris floating around the mouths and out the front of our systems. The Burnett has had some large trees floating around the leads and down the front towards Bargara. The debris will hang around until we get a good consistent south easterly so be careful around dusk and dawn if you’re travelling in and out of the river.
Even though there is lots of fresh around, there will be some good fishing to be had. The Burnett doesn’t flood like it used to thanks to a large chunk of concrete they call Paradise Dam, so the Burnett will clean up quickly and be a good option in March. The river has produced some nice fish so far this year with barra and fingermark being caught on livies and lures being the highlights.
The mackerel started to bite well last month and this should continue this month with an early morning troll of pilchards or gar being the best bet. Night fishing has been productive on the inshore grounds with some big sweetlip and XOS hussar filling eskies. The best way to get into these fish is to lighten up your gear. Dropping down to a 3-4kg outfit gives you feel more and the fish feels less. You may lose a few but you will certainly hook more.
It will be interesting to see how Monduran fishes after quite an influx of water in February. Big barramundi traditionally head downstream and the smaller fish head upstream in their natural environment. Of course this will mean the bigger fish can be targeted trolling around the main basin. If you’re planning on targeting these fish a good sounder is a must, and reading it properly will also increase your chances. The barra don’t always sit deep and if you see fish showing up at 8’ don’t feel silly trolling a shallow diving lure in deep water.
Of course the fish will be on the move into newly flooded areas and I really love fishing hardbodied lures in this dirty water. This is the time when committing all those fallen tree stacks to memory comes in handy.
The Isis impoundment has also produced some memorable catches with bass over the 50cm and some cracking sooty grunter. The new Halco Night Walker has been the gun lure fished early and late for the big bass.Reads: 1045