SOMERSET DAM – As the weeks go on Somerset is continuing to clear and fishing is getting better and better. The fishing is by no means ultra consistent or epic but more fish are being caught. Some reports filtering through from the last fortnight are that there are some big fish up to 60cm being landed off Pelican Point on blades and soft Jackals. Three people have landed fish over 50cm with the 60cm monster being the biggest. I went for a fish there during the last fortnight and collected some fish in the shallows of Queen Street where the timber meets the bank using a River to Sea Glassie Vibe worked slowly with small hops. The other fish through the day were taken in Bay 13 and Poly point on trolled and cast lures. Poly point had the best concentration of fish but they were not overly active when I was there so fishing was tough, however, I got some fish to the boat. None of the fish were huge but it was an enjoyable days fishing.
BORUMBA DAM – The fishing at Borumba in the last fortnight has been scratchy with some fish being caught here and there. A friend and respected Bass fisherman went there recently and couldn’t land a fish even though he had recently won a tournament at the dam a few weeks previous. Other reports from locals and regulars at the dam have said that it has been difficult to locate good numbers of fish and therefor there are less fish being caught. The go to areas that will give you a chance are in the shallows up in the creeks around some cover and structure. Try early mornings and late afternoons as the fish will be foraging for food at this time in the warmer water in the shallows. As the days wears on cast in tight to the weed beds and timber with a variety of lures and you will give yourself a show.
LAKE MACDONALD – Some good reports this week, with some good consistent catches up in the 3 ways using soft Jackals. This dam is heavily weeded in parts, but this is a good thing as it will provide some cover for the bass. The regulars up there have been casting at the weed aiming for the gaps in the weeds and just ripping it through when they foul up. Quite often the bass will hit it just after the rip as it is falling. This is a good technique in this dam as it regularly produces a catch.
CREEKS AND RIVERS – On the weekend I went for a research and development mission into the local creeks near my home in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Armed with only one lure, a river to sea buggi pop, I followed a few tracks down to a few river pools. My thoughts were that the fish would be hungry as they are not far from spawning and they feed themselves up before the process. I went for the surface option as the areas were very shaded and bugs often fall from the trees and also the lure would create a silhouette in the water. After a few dud pools I found one tucked away from the main track. The pool had some good structure, gently flowing water and a better sign of insects in the water and in the air. After about five casts I was on to a healthy little bass. Next cast same result. Next cast same result. Next cast same result. I cast after that for about another 20 minutes until I got lodged in some timber and could not retrieve my lure. Great Fun!!!
Hope this helps,