Anglers catch some great fish

RECENTLY the Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club travelled out to Lake Cania for a weekend of fresh water fishing.

Most anglers caught some great fish with Margaret Charteris catching a Queensland and hopefully National Record-length Saratoga in the lure casting category. The fish was tagged and released after a quick photo and measure on the brag mat.

Other species caught and released included golden perch, silver perch and Australian bass up to 53cm along with a number of saratoga between 22 and 65cm.

The best method was to use live shrimps fished at the bases of the dead trees in the lake, with water depths between three and six metres holding the most fish.

The fish seemed to be in the middle to upper reaches between the two cattle yards with the second set of yards almost fully under water as the lake was at 100%.

There was a lot of floating timber in the lake also following Marcia's torrential rain influx and the water skiers were using caution while enjoying their time down near the main basin and junction areas.

The afternoon bird feeding and activities in the water park at the Big 4 camping ground were a treat with the kids, along with the wood fired pizzas on Saturday night.

We also managed to fit in some national park walks and saw some wonderful parts of the gorge despite some tracks being closed due to flood damage, we had a great time and made some life long memories from our weekend away in the Monto shire.

Back in the salt water systems the Burnett is clearing up nicely and the mud crabs have been on fire around the lower reaches from the Kirbys wall ramp down to the mouth. Fresh mullet frames seem to be producing the better crabs and it is best to change the bait each 12 hours.

The inshore reefs with the light to moderate winds this weekend would be worth a look with the artificial off Elliot Heads, the 4-mile off Coonar beach and the spoil grounds out the front of Burnett Heads should be holding some good grunter and squire with the bigger tides at present.

Keep an eye on the forecasts with the possibility of some cyclone activity still about, ensure it is safe to launch the boat whether it be for an offshore or inshore trip, get the latest forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology and log on with VMR when you head out and when you return.

For any inquires about the Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club go to or give me a call on 0408 848 564 and we can give you some information on a great deal on new memberships that start from the April 1 with up to three months free membership being offered.

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