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Fishing Feature: Break out the Burley 07/03/2013

Given the rise in cabin fever outbreaks on the coast the past four weekend in a row, it is time anglers played it smart. It is true, not everyone is a die-hard, tough as nails, all terrain, all weather conditions kinda person, but after the weather we've endured recently, even the most casual of anglers is at breaking point. To anyone who wants to get out this weekend, no matter what weather is thrown at us, it's high time to break out the burley.

When the wind is blowing wildly and it's raining far from mildly, break out the burley. When the water is fresh and brown and the fish cannot be found, break out the burley. When you're feeling really spent and wish the fish would find the scent, break out the burley, break out the burley...catch my drift?

Considering we can tick off more than one of the abovementioned issues of late, burley is definitely a fuss free, cheap and easy solution to bring the fish back While most local rivers, creeks and dams are swollen with less than tempting brown water, a tuna oil infused chicken pellet mullet gut stew ahem... I mean delicacy is looking most desirable on the menu this weekend.

BURLEY TO USE:

Any fishing scraps and off cuts from cleaned fish can be used as burley. Chook pellets, bread crumbs, old bread, pilchards and prawns are also good. The rich oils in WA pilchards are an excellent base ingredient, either in pieces or mashed, to get the ball rolling. When using pellets or bread, it is well worth adding a small amount of 100% tuna oil to give the fish plenty of sent to follow. The main aim is to crush or cut up all of the solid material into small pieces that will slowly break up and flow out of the burley buckets holes.

If you want to keep costs down buy yourself a second hand food processor or a meat grinder. Blitzing up old bread into crumbs and then adding minced up meat and seafood scraps so that you get a fine composition. Then you can freeze good handfuls of the mix into old stockings (tied off and bagged) - check first before you raid your other half's hosiery draw though!

Waste not - want not: this old saying is what my granddad lives by - he is the king of burley. Grandad added old leftover bait to his mixture. Rather than throwing old bait into the river after a day's fishing, he would process it into a fine paste and add to breadcrumb mixture. Prawn heads, squid, whitebait or any pilchard as well as the frames and guts of any fish he caught went into the freezer for the next burley making session!

One recipe recommended by the fishing fanatics who work at Swan Boat Hire which sounded pretty scrumptious is as follows:
5 kg block of Pillies.

  • 1 kg bag of Flour.
  • 2L Tuna oil.
  • Optional to add a bag of cat or dog biscuits. If you do add them, give the mix about 5 or 6 hours to marinate.
  • Plus all your old bait, fish frames, meat & table scraps.


Blend it all together in a 20lt bucket, ensuring everything is a thick paste. Adding some water to help it mix and pour better. Use a paint mixing attachment on a drill to assist. Pour the burley mix into old cordial/milk bottles and freeze. This should be enough to make up 10 or 12 bottles.

 

HOW TO USE BURLEY:

Current, tide and wave action are two strong factors that influence where your burley will end up. Make sure you take these factors into consideration when positioning a burley dispenser. A small cylinder style burley pot with plenty of small holes or slits that allow a slow and steady flow of burley is the only instrument that you need. Homemade pots are cheap and easy to make - head to Bunnings and get some PVC pipe from the plumbing section if you are handy and creative, or pick up a readymade pot from your local tackle store for around $10. Attach the pot with a length of rope to your boat, a tree or a sand spike in the sand so that the burley can disperse gradually within close proximity to where you are fishing.

If on the beach, you want the burley bucket to sit just in front of you and be washed around in the shore break so small amounts are released with each surge. Depending on the current and the waves, place the pot up current so that the burley ends up in the general area where your bait is sitting. When you re-cast your bait out, make sure it lands on the upside of the burley pot and with the current, it sinks into the trail.

Remember, most fish will travel long distances along a burley trail to reach the source. The stronger the scent in your trail means the fish will travel from farther distances. If you are skeptical of whether the fish will be on the bite this weekend, but really need some outdoor action, consider using burley to attract fish then maybe it's time to fill your burley pot and give it a try.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 06/03/2013

Noosa: The improved weather has people out and about ready to go fishing. Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run and in Lake Cooroibah. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch and in the canals. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: A few good whiting between the bar and Goat Island. Flathead and grunter bream from the mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

GeneCraigEndeavourFishingGroup44cm

Well, every week the Nambour Endeavour Foundation Fishing Group come and fish around Chambers Island. They are a bunch of keen anglers and always have a good time. Here is Gene and Craig with a 44cm Dusky Flathead, taken off the Eastern end of the Island. Well done team!

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 05/03/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run and in Lake Cooroibah. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch and in the canals. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: A few good whiting between the bar and Goat Island. Flathead and grunter bream from the mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

MitchyFredericksNoosaWaters

Mitchy Fredericks caught and released this quality grunter bream in Noosa Waters on a River2Sea, Izumi Gastronomic soft plastic. Photo: www.fishingnoosa.com.au

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 03/03/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run and in Lake Cooroibah. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: Whiting to 37cm along the black and between the bar and Goat Island. Flathead and grunter bream mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. Bream from Cotton Tree and the cod hole. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

Top catch coral trout 2013 03 03

The crew on Top Catch Charters have been catching a few good sized coral trout from the Barwon Banks recently.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 02/03/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run and in Lake Cooroibah. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: Whiting to 37cm along the black and between the bar and Goat Island. Flathead and grunter bream mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. Bream from Cotton Tree and the cod hole. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Ellen Smith-Flathead

Ellen Smith fished with her family fished with her family in the middle Maroochy River for this dusky flathead.

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