GOOD CATCH: Brodie Charteris with a grass sweetlip.
GOOD CATCH: Brodie Charteris with a grass sweetlip.

Weekend winds could be pesky for offshore activities

THE south-easterly winds will restrict some offshore activities this weekend.

The rivers and impoundments will be the best places to spend your time. There have been some big three-teeth jew around the port area of the Burnett River, along with some good sized trumpeter and flathead that have been taking well presented soft plastics and live prawns.

The mangrove jacks and barramundi have started off the warmer species season well, with many of the mangrove-lined creeks and rock bars producing some great hard-bodied lure and live bait action.

To get a strike from one of these great sport fish, you will need to flick the lure or bait right up into the structure of the mangroves or under the fallen trees and then wait, then give the lure a twitch, then wait again, leaving the lure near the snaggy area for as long as possible with a slow darting wounded baitfish type presentation you should be in with a chance.

The fun will then start once you are hooked up, you will need to be focused on the fight to pull the fish away from their lair. Some anglers will use a minimum of 20lb braid and up to 50lb with leaders 40-80lb to increase their chances when fishing in the real snaggy environments.

Next weekend will be the Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic which is always a great weekend away.

With great camp grounds, good amenity blocks and boat security for the comp nites all sorted, why not pack a tent and head up for the weekend of October 17-18. You can pick up an entry at Tackle World Bundaberg or just enter from next Friday evening up at the competition site beside the Lake Monduran Kiosk.

There are plenty of meal options available over the weekend, so just take some extra cash and have your meals cooked for you before and after your time out on the lake. If you are over 18 years you must have a stocked impoundment permit to fish in this lake and these can be purchased from the kiosk on the weekend.

Depending on the storms and barometer readings next week, these will play a major part in the fish bite as they do each year for this event.

Barramundi around 97cm have been caught this week by a few keen anglers having a pre-fish before the event. Working the edges of lily pad beds and any shallow into deep drop offs around 10 feet in depth with scattered timber should be the places to try.

Also fish the bays the wind is blowing into and cast the points with a very slow retrieve rate of the hard body of soft plastic lures.

Some members of the Bundaberg Sport Fishing Club will be up at the lake for the competition next weekend, so please say hi to any of the members and I am sure they will share a good yarn with you about how they have been going out on the water.

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