The coast has been fishing red!! As the weather begins to cool in the mornings and evenings, the bigger grunts are chewing! Most of these grunters are being caught on soft 20 gram vibrations and if you are a baitfish, fish fresh shrimp.
There have also been a few quality snapper showing up inshore around the Elliott artificial. Using lures like Zman Streakz curly tail and Zman jerk Shadz soft plastics have worked best. There have still been plenty of school and gray mackerel around, spinning Flasha metal spoons at high speed around the reefs and bait schools is doing the trick.
Our offshore reefs have been fishing well during the few patches of good weather we’ve had lately. Those who managed to make the most of these short time windows have been rewarded with some of the best captures!
With reports of some crack-sized nannygais being caught, we suggest that next patch of good weather you dust off your gear and get out fishing! The new Nomad Squidtrex vibes fished slowly over the reefs have been a favorite for big nannygai and red emperors! We’ve also seen plenty of trout, whiting and cod being caught so try a few baits like mullet fillet or whole sardines for these fish.
Team member Josh Mortensen with a solid kingfish caught on our inshore reefs.
The Burnett is clearing up nicely and the river is currently full of bait due to the amount of fresh that has gone into this river over the last 12 months. This influx of bait combined with the improving water clarity has seen some blue salmon start to enter the river and start to be caught.
These salmon have been close to the bait so finding the bait is half the battle won, there are also some big queenfish that have been hanging around the bait balls! The lures to get these fish biting have been soft vibrations worked with a jump and pause technique. There are also plenty of bars in the river with the rock bars producing most of these fish when using live baits.
Prawns have been red at the moment with some crayfish and tiger prawns being absolutely caught. The best numbers of these prawns have been found around Strathdees, a top pocket net of 10-12ft is ideal.
Dale Veivers with his first Red Emperor.
The Elliott River
Elliott has another week of good fishing! Plenty of anglers have managed to find a few solid flathead, whiting, jack, barra, grunter and cod in this river! Fishing around the river mouth with baits such as fresh yabbies, mullet fillet or whole sprat has seen grunter and flathead caught as well as some whiting when using yabbies.
Along the rock bars upstream and mangrove lined banks is where barra, cat and cod have been found. These fish have been chewing on live baits or large strips of mullet, the key has been to make the most of the tide changes as the fish seem to feed around these times.
Large numbers of shrimp are being caught in the streams, the way forward is to use the probe to locate these shrimp collected in deeper holes. As we make our way up the river, it’s also worth throwing the pots around as there are some solid bucks being caught.
Thomas Webb with a 72cm flathead ripper caught in the Elliott.
A lot of people have made the trip to bewilderment recently and these last few weeks have seen red fishing on this river! This week was no exception with the well chewed summer species. Big cats have been caught along the river on the various rock bars and mangrove lined banks, with live mullet and shrimp being the bait of choice to get the bite.
Loads of big cod have been hanging around with these cats and the barra haven’t been far behind either. This barra has been biting on the tide changes so make sure you have your life in the area during the hour before and after the tide change! Around the mouth a large grunting flathead has been seen caught in the shallows.
A few whiting have also been found drifting on sandbars with weeds strewn about them, jabbies or fresh worms have been ideal baits for these finicky fish. Casting the pots will also be a great idea as this river is still crabbing very well.
Hayley King with a 45 cm socket.
Similar to the Burnett, the Kolan River is clearing up nicely and we have seen this river full of large schools of baitfish. With the amount of bait in this river, the fishing is gone! Lots of kingfish and trevally have been following these bait schools, floating around a sprat has been taking the bite. A good number of barra are also on the move, locating these fish using the side scan has worked a treat and soft vibrations have been the lures of choice for most anglers managing to get a few on the boat.
Rock bars and fallen trees have held a big catch this week with live baits once again working best, but shrimp imitation soft plastics have also accounted for a good portion of the catch. The muddy banks have held loads of crayfish so these areas are definitely worth a few net casts, otherwise you can find the best numbers picked up in deeper water.
Ky Burke with a kingfish caught in the Kolan.
Fishing Local Beaches
Plenty of whiting have still been caught on our beaches this week for anglers using shabbies and fresh worms as bait! These fish have been in the channels and have been caught during most of the tide. Hotspots for blackbirds have been Woodgate Beach and Coonarr Beach.
Rules Beach and Norval Park Beach have also been fishing well with plenty of flathead and grunts caught on meat baits such as mullet fillet or even whole sprat. Using a running ball pen rig is the way to go as it allows your lures to drift naturally in the water.
Karen Herbst with a 63cm grunter caught in the Kolan River.
This week saw again a lot of bar between 50 and 60 cm that was caught all over the dam. These smaller fish are the result of MASA’s incredible stocking efforts and show that the survival rate of recent releases has been high, which is great for the future of the dam.
These rods have been caught on hardbodies and soft plastics, but the key has been casting straight into the shallows and around any shady areas like lilies and overhanging bushes. The bigger bar is scattered around at the moment, finding a good number of them has been a little trickier this week, but there are definitely plenty. A quality probe is a game changer as it will help locate where those big fish are when they are a little shy.
Most anglers who have found the bigger fish have still struggled to get them to bite, at this stage making the most of the bite times has made a huge difference when trying to get one of these rods to bite. Soft plastics and swimbaits like the Berkley Shimma Pro Rig, Molix 120 Shad and 4.2-inch Daiwa Bait Junkie soft plastics have worked best. Bird Bay and SDA Bay have fished well, along with some of the main basin points.
Mitchell Hartcher with a breaking bar caught on Lake Monduran.
Lake Gregory Fishing
Lake Gregory is fishing well, techniques have been using topwater lures in low light periods or small paddle tail soft plastics throughout the middle of the day. Maximizing your top water fishing efforts at dawn and dusk has paid off with several largemouth bass caught in a short period of time.
As mentioned above, paddle tail soft plastics have worked very well during the mid-day, putting them around heavy structure such as weed towers and drop offs is where they have been caught most fish. Shrinking hardbodies have also resulted in some bass being hooked, especially when the bass are feeding aggressively.
Don with a saratoga ripper captured in the Cania Dam.
CATCH OF THE WEEK
John Hawkins with a broken cobia caught Bundy! Congratulations John! Call the store to pick up your $50 gift card!