Central and North Burnett Times - - THREE RIVERS FISHING CLASSIC -

BASS are best caught on lures, as bait fish­ing tends to gut-hook them. If you want to try us­ing baits, opt for sand crick­ets, small grasshop­pers and gud­geons. Rod and reel lure gear for cast­ing and trolling is prime bass-catch­ing equip­ment. The line should be light (around 2kg). Lures such as min­nows and sur­face lures work well, as do metal spoons, bladed lures and plas­tic-tailed worm baits. SIL­VER perch will read­ily take bait such as live shrimp, yab­bies, grubs, in­sects or worms. They can be taken on bot­tom rigs how­ever the most ef­fec­tive way is the bait sus­pended un­der a small float. Given the sil­ver perch has a smaller mouth than other fresh­wa­ter perches, slightly smaller hooks and bait is bet­ter. They also love lures and again the smaller ones seem to be the most suc­cess­ful. Small rebel craw­dads or the small­est Nils Master In­vin­ci­bles work well. FOR yellowbelly, fresh is best when it comes to baits. If you can catch live yab­bies or live worms you will be in with a good chance. Try early morn­ings and late af­ter­noon in shal­low wa­ter look­ing for over­hang­ing bushes and trees. As the sun rises and the wa­ter warms up look for drop-offs and deep wa­ter amongst sub­merged trees where the yellowbelly go to cool down. Us­ing lures of­fers you plenty of op­tions when chas­ing yellowbelly in a range of dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments. Deep div­ing hard bod­ies are great when you want to troll along tim­ber, rock ledges and drop-offs and the key is to have a range of hard bod­ies that dive to dif­fer­ent depths.

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