Fishing Report Dec 28 2018 LAST ONE FOR THE YEAR

Cody Haynes with a Very Nice Leslie Dam
Cod, Picked up on Bassman Spinnerbaits

Lure of the week

Gidgee lures are a well crafted handmade timber lures that has been dynamite on our native species for years. With a large variety of different models and colours there’s a Gidgee lure to suit all conditions.

Somerset Dam

The bass fishing is really hotting up right now with the schooled bass firing up in the afternoons at somerset dam. Trolling or cast and retrieve with spoons, blades and tailspinners have worked really well around Pelican Point and Kirkliegh island. Most fish are in around the 30ft mark either suspended or on the bottom. Locating the fish is the key using your fish finder or trolling lures around once located its hang on. Live baits will work best but the frozen options will also have success.

Leslie Dam

Consistent reports from leslie with plenty of nice sized yellowbelly and smaller cod coming in frequently. Most anglers are trolling TN60 Jackalls around along with other deep diving hardbodies through the creek bed. For the bait angler salt water yabbies have been by far the best and there has still been the odd larger cod picked up in the early mornings.

Condamine River

With Cod Season now in full swing many anglers are fishing all parts of the Condamine and connecting creeks with most areas best accessible via a Kayak some have had success land based. The Condamine is a great fishery and many baits and lures work well the most popular being spinnerbaits, surface lures and live shrimp. With some big cod and a few nice yellowbelly caught this week Id suggest the Condamine river around allora as a good place to fish over the coming weeks having less angler pressure than most of the lakes.

Boondooma Dam

The Summer fishing at Boondooma has begun with most fish sitting in what is called a thermocline ( a comfortable zone of water ) which is around 30ft checking out from most points in around 30ft is a great start while there has also been some big school suspended down around the dam wall area. once located either bait or sinking vibes will work best. there have been plenty of good catches lately and the fishing is red hot with a very similar bite occurring at Bjelkie Petersen.

Connelly Dam

A relatively unknow lake but is stacked with good cod and yellowbelly while the anglers that frequent this location have regular success and lately the cod have been on the bite with some good reports of quality cod on surface lures and spinnerbaits. The yellowbelly have also been active mainly on saltwater yabbies and live shrimp.

Gold Coast

Inshore has been great fishing with plenty of flathead, whiting and bream caught fishing over the sand flats on shallow diving lures and even surface. The canals are starting to produce some nice mangrove jack and the odd report of Barramundi.

Offshore has seen many anglers out trolling for pelagics with some nice Wahoo and Dolphin fish on offer especially around the FADS and close to the EAC. 6 and 8 inch skirts along with 160 laser pros trolled in a spread has worked best while live baits will most likely be the best options

Tip of the Week

Don’t let the crowds worry you this year the fishing is heating up right now and with that recent influx of rain our dams and rivers are looking really good. Perfect time to target our beautiful river systems including the Condamine river which is also our closest fishing hole. The kids are sure to catch something.

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