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Take care during busy time

TUNA TIME: Daniel Sommerfield (clockwise from above), Beau Britton and Paul Box with mack tunas.
TUNA TIME: Daniel Sommerfield (clockwise from above), Beau Britton and Paul Box with mack tunas.

THE school holidays have kicked in and the fish are on the bite.

The Burnett and surrounding rivers and creeks will be busy during the holiday period, with many families heading off camping and fishing.

I hope all the kids get to catch a fish in the holidays

Even if you don't own a boat, you can try your luck off the bank of the Kolan, Burnett, Elliot and Burrum rivers or Baffle and Round Hill creeks, and even beaches like Woodgate and Coonarr will be worth a try with a pipi, worm or flicking a lure.

The building tides on the weekend will move a lot of water in and out of the estuaries and potentially cause some strong rips along the beaches.

Take care when swimming or boating with the big tides of 3.3m.

The new moon on Monday night will make the stars bright to see from the camp grounds if there are no clouds around.

The barramundi up at Lake Monduran have been hard to entice.

Again, the method of slowly working shallow running lures on the points with long pauses in your retrieve will give you the best chance of a hook-up.

Some fish of 90cm have been reported in B arm and anywhere you can find some lily pads in the back ends of the bays.

Lake Gregory has still been producing some big bass on surface lures fished at dawn or dusk.

This little lake has been stocked with saratoga by the Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club, so don't be surprised if you hook up to a jumping 'toga about 60cm when you are using surface walkers, poppers or beetle spin-type presentations near the timber and weed beds.

Please re-release any saratoga you capture, as they will be nearing maturity to hopefully spawn and increase the juvenile numbers for the years ahead.

Offshore fishing may be possible, so keep an eye on the forecasts and have the boat fuelled up, batteries charged, trailer bearings serviced and all your safety gear checked so you're all ready to go and enjoy your time on the open sea.

There will be an increased presence of boating and fisheries patrol officers and water police during the holidays, so keep an eye on your and your crew's alcohol consumption, especially if you are the skipper of the vessel.

Also take care to watch your general behaviour while on the water with regards to other boats or swimmers, all safety rules, bag limits and be careful when driving on the roads when towing the boats.

I would like to wish everyone a safe, healthy and enjoyable holiday.

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