ROD BENDER: Kodie Stallan with a grunter he caught in the Kolan River recently.
ROD BENDER: Kodie Stallan with a grunter he caught in the Kolan River recently. Contributed

Warming weather good news for river anglers

THE weather for Father's Day is looking fantastic around the Bundaberg area at this stage, with sun and light winds expected.

Perfect to treat Dad to a spot of fishing and maybe a beautiful barbecue lunch and a few coldies.

As the days start to get longer and the daytime temperature starts to rise, fishing in our local rivers should only improve.

The Burnett River is still full of baitfish - a great food source for the blue salmon, flathead, large estuary cod and grunter, four of the most popular species caught in the past fortnight.

Fishermen have found that using 3-4" plastics from Gulp and Z-Man has been effective.

To enhance the smell of your lures try using Pro-Cure Super Gel which comes in many different flavours.

I believe it certainly improves your hook-up rate.

Some hot spots on the Burnett include around Kirby's Wall, the town reach and around the pylons of both traffic bridges.

The Kolan River is a top place to throw a lure although at low tide in the mid reaches it is very silted up with sand banks.

It makes getting around a little difficult, but on the plus side, it is a fantastic habitat for flathead waiting to ambush their prey.

September is generally an awesome time to target flatties, and there have also been reports of a few jewies and grunter mixed in.

Roger at Baffle Creek said there were some nice fish on the chew up that way - during the past week flathead, blue salmon and bream. Also, the odd barra are just starting to show up, so hopefully the barra action this summer will be as good as last year.

Up at Lake Monduran, the barra have slowed a little but should really improve over the next month or so.

The number of barra I'm seeing on my side-imaging sounder is amazing, so all we need is the water temperature to rise three or four degrees and this should result in the barra being more aggressive.

Then, instead of 20 casts to a snag, you might only need two to three casts to activate a strike and hopefully land some of these fantastic sport fish.



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