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May 21, 2020

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs are starting to produce some really nice snapper. I’ve heard reports of a few being caught over 80cm. My favourite bite time for them is at very first light. Working Samaki vibes through the bait always gets the bite for me. Also, slowly sinking pilchards and squid down will get you some live action. Remember, the snapper don’t just sit on the bottom all the time, I’ve caught most of my snapper higher up in the water column. The spanish mackerel and tuna are still around as well. Fingers crossed the south-westerly winds will let us get out early in the mornings this weekend.

BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been fishing and prawning red hot this week! Some cracker sized blue salmon and grunter have been caught as well. The grunter have been taking a liking to Gulp soft plastic’s and live sprat. The bluey’s have been smacking the 20g and 30g vibes being worked back to the boat on the bottom of the tide. The prawns have been plentiful as well. They have been mostly caught in the deeper holes in the system at dead low tide. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in as well as the new moon tides will get the crabs moving this weekend.

BAFFLE CREEK & THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle and the Kolan have been producing some really nice whiting and bream. Fishing the late afternoon incoming tide with beach worms or fresh yabbies will get you a good feed of whiting. As it gets dark, I like to move right up on the sand bar and fish super shallow. The bream have been smashing small soft plastic’s and small prawns at high tide right on top of the rock bars. The crabs and prawns have been plentiful as well so don’t forget to throw the crab pots and cast net in.

LAKE MONDURAN
There’s been some nice barra being caught over the last couple of weeks. Most of the barra that have been caught have been over 80cm. They are mostly getting caught in the shallows on Jackall Squirrels and larger sized paddle tail soft plastics. Remember to fish the wind-blown points and keep an eye on your side scan for barra cruising past and the changes in the water temperature.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN QUEENSLAND
The Queensland Government health directions from 15th May 2020 states Queenslanders are permitted to leave their homes (principal place of residence) for recreation within a 150km radius – for day-trips only. Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted for outdoor non-contact activity. A reminder to abide by the social distancing regulations and practise good hygiene. For further information, visit: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions which will show Queensland’s Roadmap to the easing of the COVID-19 up until July. These restrictions may change at short notice if there is an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

May 14, 2020

It was good to see a few people finally able to get out and about in the Bundaberg area, making the most of the magic conditions for Mother’s Day last weekend.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
With last Sunday by far the better day to head offshore, most of the local boat ramps were busy. The fishing was red hot with most boats reporting captures of coral trout, grass sweetlip, red emperor, parrot and some big hussar. Unfortunately sharks were an issue again with lots of quality fish taken. Let’s hope this winter we get a few more chances to fish offshore than we did last year.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
All the inshore reefs were popular last weekend. With the amount of bait on the reefs, pelagic species like mackerel and tuna were around in big numbers. The snapper have been scarce but some big grunter and grass sweetlip made their way into the ice-boxes last weekend. The first signs of winter whiting are showing up along the coastline with the cooler weather, along with a few nice squid.

BURNETT RIVER
As the water temperature starts to cool down species like bream, flathead and blue salmon start to fire up through-out the Burnett River. Flathead haven’t been too fussy, willing to take any well-presented bait or soft plastic. Some big blue salmon have been testing anglers’ skills with soft vibes between 20-30gr ideal for targeting these awesome sports fish. The bream numbers are also increasing along most of Bundaberg’s popular rock walls. Strips of mullet or fresh river prawns have been doing the damage this past week.

LAKE GREGORY
During the travel restrictions, this awesome little impoundment has been an excellent option for a day trip for Bundaberg residents. Australian bass and saratoga have been on fire, willing to bite on a wide range of lures. Bassman Spinnerbaits are still among my favourite lures for targeting both species at this time of the year at Lake Gregory.

LAKE MONDURAN
With recreational travel restrictions being raised to 150klms within your region, a day-trip to Lake Monduran will be within range for most people in the Burnett area. Some of the Gin Gin locals have been having up to ten-fish sessions, with barramundi up to 95cm starting to become a handful to land. Castaic 5” and 7” soft plastics rigged on half-ounce jigheads have been doing the job on the bigger barra in the slightly deeper water. Let’s hope we can get in another good month or so of good fishing before winter sets in.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN QUEENSLAND
The Queensland Government health directions from 15th May 2020 states Queenslanders are permitted to leave their homes (principal place of residence) for recreation within a 150km radius – for day-trips only. Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted for outdoor non-contact activity. A reminder to abide by the social distancing regulations and practise good hygiene. For further information, visit: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions which will show Queensland’s Roadmap to the easing of the COVID-19 up until July. These restrictions may change at short notice if there is an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

May 7, 2020

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The offshore fishing out from Bundaberg has been red hot over the past few weeks. The captures of coral trout and grass sweetlip have been impressive! Most of the sweetlip are being caught on mullet fillets, and the trout are chewing on pilchards. Remember to sit on your favourite spots on the change of tide. There has also been plenty of spanish mackerel being caught. Floating gar out the back while your bottom bashing will be well worth it. Fingers crossed the weather plays the game for this weekend. Remember to always check the latest forecast before heading out.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs have been firing lately. With all the bait getting around, the pelagics have been turning it on! This cooler weather will get the snapper on the scene as well. Throwing 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastics will always get you good results. The size of the grunter that are being caught in the late evening into the night has been crazy. Most of them have been caught on lightly-weighted squid and prawns. There has been some nice squid getting around as well so don’t forget the squid jigs!

BURNETT RIVER
With the cooler weather turning up, the bream have started to show up in good numbers. I’ve heard of some rippers being caught on the rock bars on Zman Grubz. There has also been some cracker blue salmon starting to turn up. These are super exciting fish to target on light spin gear. Using prawn imitation plastics and vibes is the way to go to catch them. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because we’ve got big full moon tides this week.

KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been producing both whiting and mud crabs. For the whiting, fishing the morning incoming tide will be the go. Fresh yabbies and beach worms are the deadly baits for them. The quality of the mud crabs is getting better. Keep in mind the night tides this weekend are way bigger than the day tides. Don’t forget to throw some paddle tail soft plastics into the snags because there is still some cracking mangrove jack being caught.

April 28, 2020

BURNETT RIVER
For those fishing the Burnett who want to spend the day out, put in the crab pots first as there have been reports of good-sized chocolate bucks coming in.

With the weather starting to cool down, the mangrove jacks will start to slow as the water cools, but if you want to keep chasing them and are using lures, get into the shallows or rocky areas where the water is warmer. When bait fishing, try using live bait such as sprat or prawns.

There have been good reports of a few good-sized grunter being caught with a lot of little ones in between. Keep persevering until that big one comes along.

With the cooler weather upon us, it’s time to get the bream gear out as the bigger fish will eventually start moving through the river system to spawn. There are plenty of baits to use when fishing for this species, such as mullet, prawns, sprat, mullet gut, chook gut and chicken breast to name a few. When chasing bream, it’s a good idea to bring the fish to you and have a light berley mist in the water.

With the big flathead coming into the river to spawn, now is the time to get out and flick a lure around. For those who haven’t used a lure before and want to give it a go, flathead would be one of the easiest fish to learn on and catch. The gear you need to get is a graphite rod around the 2-4kg or 3-6kg, a 1000 or 2500 size reel, spooled with 6lb to 10lb braid and 8lb to 16lb leader on the end for abrasion resistance against rub-offs. The type of lure to use can range from different lengths and colours. One of my favourites would be a 4” Curl Tail Grub in the Bloodworm colour. The techniques to use for catching flathead is the basic “hop and drop”. The best tide to target flathead in my opinion is the run-out tide as the flathead will move into positions to ambush bait as it is coming off the shallow flats or creek mouths. It’s up to the angler to find these areas by drifting around to find any good drop-off that goes into the deeper water. When casting your lure, make sure you have a heavy enough jig head on your plastic to get you to the bottom because that’s where the flathead live. You do not want to go too heavy as this will make your lure look very unnatural. The size to use will range from 1/4oz to 1/2 oz jig heads, depending on depth of water and the run in the current at the time. When casting your lure, cast as far as you can up-current, hopefully with the wind at your back. When the lure hits the water let it sink to the bottom. You will know it’s on the bottom when your braid goes slack and relaxes. Then start your retrieve by giving the rod tip two sharp flicks upwards and then allow it to fall to the bottom again. When sinking your lure back to the bottom it is important to keep in contact with your lure as this is when the fish will come from underneath and take the lure, thinking it’s a dying baitfish or prawn. It is up to you to make it look that way. Once you hook that first fish your confidence will grow and then you can find new areas to put this technique into practice. The important thing is to keep on casting.

March 24, 2020

BUNDABERG INSHORE

The inshore reefs have been firing the past week! The numbers of 1m+ queenfish at the four mile and the artificial reef off Elliott Heads has been crazy! I found if they are hanging around the bottom, 20g Samaki Vibes were perfect to get the bite.  If you see them up towards the surface, throwing Halco Rooster Poppers is as exciting as a hit can get. There’s also been plenty of school mackerel being caught. Fast retrieving flasher spoons and sinking lightly weighted pilchards will get you a good bag.  Fingers crossed the weather will play the game.  As always, check the forecast before heading out.

THE BURNETT RIVER

The Burnett has been fishing really well. The amount of flathead that’s been caught has been awesome. I’ve heard of a few anglers catching over ten in a session!   Jigging Gulp soft plastics over sand bars and the edges of rock bars has been the go-to places. The prawns have also turned up.  Most of the deeper holes throughout the river has been the best spots. The best time to target them is one hour each side of the low tide. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there’s been plenty of nice muddy’s on the move!

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK

These two systems produced some cracking sized mangrove jack last weekend! Most these fish are being caught over shallow rock bars with either paddle tail soft plastics or live baiting with poddy mullet. The whiting has also been in awesome numbers! With low tide early in the mornings, it’s a perfect time to pump yabbies at first light and fish that incoming tide. Nothing beats a fresh feed of whiting! Also, the crabs have been plentiful in both these systems too. With the smaller tides, I’d be crabbing more around the main channels this weekend.

LAKE MONDURAN

Lake Monduran has still been producing the barra! The barra seem to be heading back up in the shallower water with the water temp dropping.  Working the shallow timber edges will be well worth a go. Jackall Squirrels has again been a standout lure to use. That early morning bite has again been the standout bite time. Remember to fish the wind-blown points.

March 19, 2020

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs around the Bundaberg area should be firing this weekend. With all the bait around, fishing in close this time of year is super-exciting. The queenfish and spanish mackerel have been in full swing. Fast-retrieving Flasha spoons vertically off the bottom and throwing poppers on the surface are super-exciting and effective ways to catch them. There’s also been some cracker snapper being caught early in the mornings. Jigging 5” soft plastics off the bottom and slow-sinking pilchards and mullet fillets will get you the bite. Let’s just hope the forecast plays the game! As always, check the forecast before heading out.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett River has been producing some cracker grunter and flathead. Most of these fish are being caught on Gulp soft plastics in all sizes. They have been hanging out on the scattered rock bars and gravel beds. There’s also been some cracker whiting caught, up to the 40cm models. Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the incoming tide in the upper reaches should get you a very tasty feed. I usually use 8lb leader and size 6 long shank hooks to target them. With the new moon tides this weekend the crabs should be on the move as well. There has been some great catches over the past couple weeks.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Over past week, in both the Kolan and the Baffle systems there has been some cracker mangrove jack caught. Most of these fish are being taken on Lucky Craft Pointers and on live baits on the shallow rock bars. The whiting, bream and flathead have also been in good numbers. Baits and soft plastics have both been getting the good results. It will be well worth putting the crab pots in this weekend. I’d be putting them up the back of the drains with the big tides. Don’t forget to keep the cast net handy because there’s been some rumours of some nice prawns getting around.

LAKE MONDURAN
With the weather starting to cool down slightly, the barra fishing at Lake Monduran is starting to fire up again. Some anglers are starting to catch over five barra per session. Fishing the heavy timbers early in the mornings in around 15ft of water with Jackall Squirrels should get you into some live action. Also remember to always fish the windblown points and fish with confidence.

L: Troy Jonas with the barramundi he landed at Lake Monduran last weekend.
M: Pierce Jeffrey and Mitch Bayer with the mud crabs they caught last weekend.
R: Rodger Cowell with 2 nice red emperor he caught off Burnett Heads recently.

March 12, 2020

This weekend, it looks like fishing will be restricted to the local Bundaberg estuaries and impoundments due to the wind that has been generated from the low pressure system that has slipped down the Queensland coast during the week. Remember, if you plan on going fishing, always check the latest weather forecast before heading out as conditions can change very quickly.

THE BURNETT RIVER
It is great to see the Burnett River starting to clean up and plenty of fish on the chew. Good numbers of flathead have been caught between Rubyanna and the mouth of the Burnett, with the Berkley Powerbait 4” Nemesis accounting for heaps of nice flatties. Estuary cod up to 60cm are still along the North Wall, so make sure your gear is up to scratch so they don’t bust you off. There are heaps of under-sized trumpeter in the Burnett at the moment but anglers putting in the effort have been rewarded with a few crackers over 50cm.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan and the Baffle have been crabbing very well over the past week with the bigger tides. Some massive whiting were caught on yabbies and beach worms on the shallow sand bars towards the mouth of both systems as well. Mangrove jack have slowed a bit but should improve as the Kolan and Baffle both clean up.

L: Sandi Holzel with her first mangrove jack at 42cm. Caught in the Kolan River recently.
R: Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association member, Kevin Charteris releasing fingerlings into Lake Monduran.

LAKE GREGORY
If you’re keen for some surface action, the Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) has been producing some quality bass and saratoga early morning. Once the sun rises you can target the weed edges with Spinnerbaits. Some nice bass have also been caught on small blades and soft plastics in the main basin. This small impoundment is an excellent place to refine your skills and to try different techniques.

LAKE MONDURAN
Last Friday, the Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association released another 73,000 barramundi fingerlings into Lake Monduran. Most of the boats were fitted with oxygen bottles to keep the baby barra healthy and run them a lot further up this fantastic impoundment. March, April and May are my favourite months to fish Lake Monduran and with the average size of the barra being caught better than 80-100cm, it promises to be an exciting next couple of months. For the latest information on Lake Monduran drop in store or give me a call at Tackle World Bundaberg.

Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association members at Lake Monduran for the release of 73,000 fingerlings into Lake Monduran.

March 5, 2020

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With the amount of rain we’ve had around the Bundaberg area over the past month, things are starting to settle down and fishing the inshore has really improved. There has been plenty of bait around the inshore reefs which, in turn has sent the pelagics into a feeding frenzy. Trolling large-sized diving lures will pick you up a spanish or two. Having the pilchard as a floater out the back while bottom-bashing will do the job also. If you come across any birds working, casting out a slug or a Flasha lure should pick up a feed of schoolie mackerel.

THE BURNETT RIVER
As the rain has slowed down over the past week and the salt is pushing back up the rivers, bait will start moving back through the system and fire up those predatory fish like mangrove jack and barramundi. Setting out a live bait like a sprat or poddy mullet will certainly get these species excited. If you can’t get live bait, then a large sized prawn or slab of mullet will also do the job.
If you like a good feed of crabs then definitely throw the crab pots in. Good reports of good-sized bucks are coming in from all rivers. Remember – the new laws on possession is seven (7) crabs per person and fourteen (14) per boat. Good reports of flathead and grunter are also coming from the river. Using 3” to 4” soft plastics and drifting through the deeper holes and over drop-offs has been working well. When chasing these two species cast your lure as far up current as possible and allow it to sink to the bottom using a hopping method. Repeat all the way back to the boat. Hopefully, this technique will get you a feed.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Put the crab pots in! The Kolan and the Baffle have been crabbing really well. With the amount of fresh that has gone into both of these systems, things should start to settle down and the bait should move back in and liven things up. When moving through the river and creek remember to find the bait and you will find the predatory fish. Throw your cast net in to catch your live bait and in the same area, fishing with a lightly-weighted sinker with a live sprat should pick you up a good feed of mangrove jack or barramundi.

L: Paddy O’Donnell with the cracker mud crab he caught recently in the Burnett River.
R: Liam Duffy with the nice mangrove jack he caught in the Burnett River recently.

LAKE MONDURAN
With the amount of water that has gone into Lake Monduran in the past month the water level has finally stabilised and the fishing is improving. With most of the weed having died off from the water level dropping, and with the shallows being bit warm, most fish are being caught either on the troll or by casting to the tops of trees in deeper water. Jackall Squirrels and larger soft plastics have been the go-to lures. If trolling, Classic lures have been the pick.

FEBRUARY 27, 2020: Even though the Bundaberg region has received some welcome rain and most of the rivers and creeks are running a little fresh, plenty of quality estuary species are being caught in the Burnett River. The rock walls from the mouth down to Kirby’s Wall are still producing some nice bream, mangrove jack and estuary cod. Mud crabs have really fired up since the rain and will be a fantastic option this weekend. Also, it shouldn’t be too long before we see a good run of prawns back in the Burnett River.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Once again, both the Kolan and the Baffle systems have become a little dirty due to the recent rain. Around the mouth in the slightly clearer water, queenfish, dart and whiting have been active. A few prawns have showed up but crabbing should be on everyone’s to-do list as there has been some cracker mud crabs caught in both systems.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
There is a good number of dart and whiting to be caught at the mouth of the Elliott and along Coonarr Beach. Further upstream in the Elliott around Shark’s Nest some barramundi, mangrove jack and bream have been responding well to lures and well-presented baits. Once again, the Elliott will be well worth a crack for a few mud crabs and prawns while the water is slight off-colour.

FRASER ISLAND
My son and I were fortunate enough to spend a few magic days on Fraser Island last week. We had a ball catching plenty of nice dart, bream and whiting on the east coast from Orchid Beach to Indian Head. Fresh beach worms and pippies are the gun baits at this time of the year. Fraser is an awesome spot to spend a few days and I don’t think it will be too long before we will be going back there.

LAKE MONDURAN
The good news for the barra anglers is that not a lot of water has come into Lake Monduran and the water levels have remained stable. The barra are finding comfort back up in the shallows with Rapala Shadow Raps, Lucky Craft Pointers and weedless soft plastics accounting for plenty of barra. Anglers trolling in the Main Basin with lures that dive between two and three metres have also been doing well with barra up to the magic metre mark.

FEBRUARY 20, 2020: With the rain we’ve had around the Bundaberg area over the past few weeks, there is bulk bait on all the inshore reefs. The number of big grunter that have been caught has been crazy! As the water clears up the mackerel should turn up everywhere on the inshore reefs. Fishing for them with lightly-weighted pilchards and Flasha Spoons will get you a ripper feed. Just keep an eye on the wind forecast – it could go either way this weekend.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The amount of bait scattered in the Burnett at the moment is awesome to see. With the big tides this weekend there should be plenty of salt being pushed up to the town reach. The best two species to target this weekend would have to be the barramundi and mangrove jack. My favourite way to catch them is slow-hopping Samaki vibes in the deeper holes and working Lucky Craft Pointers over rock bars and heavy timber snags. Also, if you’re in the system towards the bottom of the tide keep an eye out for prawns.


KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been producing some cracker flathead lately. Trolling small hard body lures over shallow sandbars has been getting some awesome results. Slow drifting with sprat, and hopping paddle tail soft plastics off the bottom will get you into some flatty action as well. There has been some 50cm+ mangrove jack caught in both these systems. Live-baiting with poddy mullet has been very effective. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in. With the fresh and big tides working together the crabs should be on the move.

LAKE MONDURAN
There are still good numbers of barra being caught in Monduran. With the rainfall we’ve experienced over the past few weeks the dam water level is pretty stable, which should help the barra bite. The early morning bite has still been the standout time to fish. Slow-rolling Jackall Squirrels and paddle tail soft plastics has been the standout technique to catch the barramundi.

February 13, 2020

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
All the rain we have been receiving around the Bundaberg area lately can only be good for the future fishing.
The bigger boats that headed offshore over the previous weekend ended up getting good feeds of red emperor, coral trout, nannygai and a lot of red throat emperor. With the sharks in big numbers on the reefs, it pays to move around a lot to try to avoid all your catch being eaten by them.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The amount of rain that we have had during the week can only make the inshore reefs better. All the fresh pushing through the river and out the front helps with bait movement and gets all the pelagic fish coming in close to the shore. So, if you don’t mind a little bit of a shower, poke your nose out around the mouth of the Burnett to find a bit of bait movement and get a feed..

THE BURNETT RIVER
Get the crab pots in – there are good reports of good-sized bucks coming from the Burnett with plenty of jennies mixed in. Always remember to release the girls unharmed.
Barra are on the bite. If you’re not scared of the dark, get yourself some live bait and sit in the town reach around any type of structure to hook one of these iconic fish. Also, plenty of flathead are being caught in the river system by using soft plastics over drop-offs and deeper holes. Happy Rock Craws have been one of the favourites. Bull sharks have been a good sport fish in the Burnett River, and using big slabs of whole mullet will hook you up.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan and the Baffle have been fishing and crabbing very similar with good mud crabs coming from both systems. Mangrove jack are on the chew with live bait being the most popular. Casting surface poppers or fizzers close to structure will have you hooked up in no time. Using 3” to 4” Diesel Minnows is another good method to pull these red devils away from home. Flathead and grunter are always a good by-catch while fishing these techniques.

LENTHALLS DAM
With this little dam near Maryborough on fire at the moment, some good reports of good-sized fish have been coming from it. Dale from Tackle World Bundaberg did a trip to Lenthalls last weekend and came up trumps with his first metre fish for the year. The new Spangled Perch Jackall Squirrel was the go-to lure. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish this dam. The gates open at 6.00am and close at 8.00pm.

LAKE MONDURAN
With the water temperature still on the warm side, your best option is to head out into the deeper timber casting hard body lures like the Jackall Squirrels or bigger soft plastics like the Squidgie Slick Rigs. Casting lures around the tops of trees will get you the bite. Trolling is also another option in that deeper water, and there have been good reports of fish in the 80cm range caught by trolling 10ft Classic lures.

February 6, 2020

THE BURNETT RIVER
With the full moon falling on this Sunday the fishing in the Burnett River should be hot! With the barramundi season just opening, you’d be crazy not to target them. My favourite way to chase the barra is with 20g soft vibes. Fishing the tide change is definitely what to aim for and looking for any sort of structure which is holding bait will get you the bite. The mangrove jack have also been in full flight as well. Plenty of 50cm+ jack have been caught over the past week by slow-retrieving Lucky Craft Pointers and 4” Zman Minnowz over shallow rock bars. There has been a few prawns getting around as well so don’t forget to throw your cast net in.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
With the huge tides this weekend the mud crabs should be on the move! Crabbing up the back of the tight shallower creeks will be the go. There’s been some cracking size grunter being caught in both these systems. Slow-hopping Gulp soft plastics with lightly-weighted jig heads has been the standout technique. The flathead have also been in awesome numbers towards the mouth of these two systems. Slow-rolling paddle tail plastics will definitely get you the bite. Drifting with sprat will get you a tasty feed as well.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
With the full moon the whiting should be on the chew this weekend. Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing that incoming tide will get you a tasty feed. I’d be fishing for them towards the mouth. There has also been some cracker flathead being caught at the mouth. Heaps of anglers have been catching them by trolling small hard body lures towards the bottom of the tide. There has been a rumour of a few prawns being caught towards the back of the river as well.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran has been producing some very high quality barra. Plenty of fish over 80cm are being caught daily. The bigger fish seem to be getting caught in the deeper water at the moment. Using large paddle tail soft plastics with heavy weighted jig heads will get you down into the strike zone and let you work your plastics hard. The Jackall Squirrels are still the standout lure with most fish being caught on them. With the full moon being on Sunday night it should give you some good confidence that the barra will have a hot bite sometime over the weekend. First light in the mornings is definitely my favourite time to chase them this time of year.

January 30, 2020

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
By all reports, the bigger boats that headed to the islands out off Agnes Water all managed to boat plenty of quality fish including red throat, coral trout, red emperor, grass sweetlip and parrot. Let’s hope the weather holds out and anglers can have another crack this weekend.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The big news is that the barra season is open after midnight on Friday, 31st January 2020. I’m sure that plenty of local anglers are itching to get out and chase these fantastic sports fish in the rivers and creeks around Bundaberg. Some really nice mud crabs have come out of the Burnett this past week. Prawns have been patchy but should improve over the next few weeks.
THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Now that the school holidays are over, the boat traffic should go back to normal. Both the Kolan and the Baffle hold good numbers of barramundi so it will be interesting to see how many are caught this weekend. Mangrove jack continue to be active smashing both live baits and soft plastics fished around rock bars in both systems. Around the sandbars towards the mouth some excellent whiting, flathead and dart have been keeping holiday-makers and locals happy.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER AND COONARR BEACH
The Elliott River always continues to produce the goods. With the big tides last weekend summer whiting and big flathead were on the chew. Grunter, mangrove jack, moses perch and barramundi will all be worth targeting upstream from Shark’s Nest. This is a great time of the year to chase dart, whiting and flathead along the beach. Dart are usually easy to identify as you can see them in the waves. Best baits for dart are beach worms, yabbies and fresh prawns.

LAKE MONDURAN
There are only a couple of weeks left in the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra competition this year. You can still fish for the elusive golden barra until 19th February 2020 and you can register on the website at https://www.goldenbarra.com.au/ Although the impoundment is dropping around an inch per day, good numbers of barra have continued to bite. Better numbers of barra are holding in slightly deeper water and either trolling the timber line or casting lures such as Jackall Squirrels or Luckycraft Pointers through the tree tops has been deadly on the Monduran barra at this time of the year.

January 23, 2020

With the forecast for the Bundaberg area looking good for the Australia Day weekend, it’s time to get out and do what most Australians love to do – be on the water boating and fishing.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
For the guys hoping to get offshore for the weekend, the weather is looking fantastic. Reports from previous weeks have been great with good sized red emperor, coral trout and sweetlip filling the eskies. As has been reported most weeks recently, the sharks have been getting their fair share. As most good fishermen know when being sharked and losing fish, just move on and go to your next favourite spot. Otherwise, the sharks will hang around and take 90% of your catch. Remember, before heading out always check the latest forecast for an update because the weather can change in a heartbeat.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
For the smaller tinnies that want to get out the front, there have been good reports of greys, schoolies and Spanish mackerel all along the coast. Casting vibes, Flasha spoons and trolling good-sized hard body lures has been picking up the most fish. If you want to have a bottom fish, casting vibes around the inshore reefs such as the Cochrane Artificial or the Two Mile has been producing good-sized grunter. If bait fishing, try good-sized prawns.

THE BURNETT RIVER
With the great lot of rain we’ve had over the past week, the mud crabs are in full swing with good numbers being reported, so if heading out for a fish, put the crab pots in first before fishing. With all the fresh water going into the Burnett stirring up all the nutrients the bait fish have been moving up through the system. In turn the predatory fish come in following the bait, with mangrove jack, large flathead and grunter on the target list. Barramundi have also been caught, but it is still closed season for the barra until the 1st of February. If you do happen to catch a barra, release it as soon as possible.

LAKE GREGORY
This little impoundment is a gem for anybody looking to catch a bass or saratoga on a lure, or even to learn how to lure fish. It’s a great place to take the kids for a bit of time out on the water. If you like early mornings, cast surface poppers for an hour or so. As the sun rises move a bit wider along the weed edges casting lipless crank baits or spinnerbaits and this should result in larger fish. When the bite slows, move to schooling fish and slow-roll soft plastics or blades through the school and back to the boat. This should result in good numbers of fish. If looking to target saratoga, cast spinnerbaits into the timbered area.

LAKE MONDURAN
To get that barra fix, Lake Monduran is the place to be, and there has been good reports of size and numbers of barra with ten to twenty fish being caught in a session. As the dam levels are dropping and the weed is dying off, the water temperature is on the rise. Barra are moving into the deeper water suspending around tree tops where they feel more comfortable. Casting suspending lures in and around the tops of trees will produce the goods. Lures like the Jackall Squirrels, Luckycraft Pointers, B52s and slow-rolling big soft plastics like big Slick Rigs are some of the lures of choice. With barra fishing, persistence pays off.

January 14, 2020

How good is it to receive at least a bit of rain around the Bundaberg area over the past week? Let’s hope this continues into the rest of 2020. With only one week left of the school holidays, next week is looking like a great chance to get out and wet a line.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Apart from a few showers, the offshore forecast is looking fantastic over the next few days. Plenty of nice red emperor, coral trout, grass sweetlip and red throat emperor have been caught recently. The only down side is that almost everyone we talk to has had a problem with losing fish to sharks.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
Most of the inshore reefs along the Bundaberg coastline are fishing very well. Grey and school mackerel are around in good numbers and are being caught using lightly-weighted pilchards on gang hooks. Another popular technique has been using 20g soft vibes fished closer to the bottom. You can catch almost anything using this technique on the shallow reefs, but plenty of quality grunter have been keeping anglers entertained lately.

THE BURNETT RIVER
With the little bit of rain, the Burnett continues to produce some nice mud crabs. A few prawns have also showed up around Rubyanna and through to the Port. Estuary cod are in plague proportions along all of the rock walls, as well as some cracking mangrove jack and flathead. It’s great to see good numbers of northern whiting come back into the Burnett also, with fresh yabbies and prawns working a treat.
LAKE LENTHALL
This small impoundment near Maryborough has been a favourite for many years and I can report that it is fishing very well for Australian bass and barramundi. At this time of the year the barra are playing the game on both suspending hard body lures and weedless soft plastics. The latest barra that we have landed was 83cm, which was fantastic fun. Just keep in mind that you need a Stocked Impoundment Permit to fish Lenthalls, and the gate is opened by the local Ranger at 6.00am and closed at 8.00pm each night. You can camp at the lake overnight on well-maintained camp grounds.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran has been another very popular destination over the school holidays for anglers chasing the Golden Barra. Although the water level in Monduran is dropping quickly, plenty of barra are willing to play the game. The hot technique has been casting to the tree tops in 6-8 metres of water. Anglers have had success casting Luckycraft Pointers, Jackall Squirrels and large soft plastics through the tree tops. Try to look for the biggest tree with the most structure as these often hold more barra. Most of the barra are finding comfort in the deeper water with the water temperature over 30 degrees.

January 9, 2020

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The grey and school mackerel are in good numbers on all the inshore reefs off Bundaberg at the moment. Fast-retrieving 50g Flasha spoons and Halco Twistys vertically off the bottom has been getting most of the bites. If there’s a bit of run in the tide, setting pilchards out in the mid-water column will get you into some action. There’s also some cracker grunter being caught as well, and most of them are being caught on 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastics. Let’s just hope the weather plays the game!

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett River has been really producing the goods with some cracker mangrove jacks! Most of these fish are being caught on 4” paddle tail soft plastics slowly rolled off the rock bars. Also, setting live baits such as poddy mullet and sprat on the rock bars and deeper holes should get you some great jack action. A few lucky anglers have been catching fingermark while using live bait as well, so keep that in mind. The fingermark are super-tasty on the dinner plate. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because the morning tides are well over three metres at the moment, so the crabs should be on the move.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle has been producing some cracking flathead and queenfish towards the mouth. Most of the queenies are being caught on surface lures. Look for stressed baitfish on the surface and work your popper over them. Mix up your retrieve – sometimes they like long pauses between your pops. The flatties have been taking a liking to 3” Zman MinnowZ, and the Electric Chicken is the standout colour.
The Kolan has been producing some ripper mangrove jacks and mud crabs. Most of the jacks are being caught on Luckycraft Pointers and live baits. The favourite hooks to use for livies are the 4/0 and 5/0 Mustad Big Guns.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran has produced two one-metre plus barra over the past two weeks, which is super exciting! With the water levels dropping so quickly now there are plenty of new snags in the lake. I think fishing the heavy timber is the go at the moment. There’s very little weed and lily pads in the dam at the current time so fishing the timber is a must. Remember to fish with confidence – don’t let that dam beat you.

January 2, 2020

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
With constant winds blowing around the Bundaberg area for the week, fishing offshore will be a little uncomfortable. For anglers wanting to have a go in the bigger boats, check the latest forecast to be safe before heading out.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
For those in smaller boats who want to poke their nose out the front, a few Spanish mackerel have been reported not far off the shoreline from the mouth of the Burnett River right along to the Elliott River. Also, while trolling, have a spoon or slug rigged. That way, if you run into any birds or bait boiling on the surface you can have a quick cast for any schoolie mackerel or spotties that may be feeding on the bait.

THE BURNETT RIVER
There have been good reports of mangrove jack and some big size barramundi being caught as by-catch leading up to Christmas. For any angler who does catch a barramundi in the closed season, please handle the fish with care and release it as soon as possible to give that fish a chance to spawn and make the river better for future fishing.
For those who want to start using soft plastics, flathead would be one of the easier fish to target. Firstly, get into your local tackle store and pick up a combo with about 6lb to 10lb braid and grab a few soft plastics. Try drifting along the sand or mud flats and casting up-current while working the lure with a lift-and-drop action. Once you have caught a fish in the area, anchor up and fancast or repeat your drift. Try different areas using this same technique and you should pick up a feed of flatties.


BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle and the Kolan are the two systems that are probably crabbing the best at the moment, so when heading out fishing, throw in a couple of crab pots beforehand. There are good reports of mangrove jack and good-sized grunter being caught. Fresh bait is always the best bait, so if you can cast-net a sprat or pump a few yabbies, this will be your best bet to get a good feed of fish. Casting 3” to 4” soft plastics around the mangrove edges or rocky ledges should pick up a feed of jacks or some good by-catch.

LAKE MONDURAN
For all the barramundi addicts who need a barra fix, Lake Monduran is on fire at the moment with reports of a metre fish being caught and a lot of 80cm to 90cm models coming in. Monduran is coming back to the days of old!
If you’re looking to go to Monduran for the first time, when launching your boat, look to see which way the wind is blowing and head in that direction. The wind will act like a current and fish will move with that current. Find yourself a good bay or point with a bit of weed or structure on it and tie up to a tree. Casting with the wind to and around the point may produce the goods. Best time for bite time is early morning. Once the sun is a bit higher on the water go a bit deeper with your lures – the fish may have moved a bit wider from the bank. Lures to use are good suspending lures like the Jackall Squirrels, the B52 and for a little bit deeper and wider, the good old Squidgy Slick Rig in 110mm or 130mm.
Also, that $150,000 golden barra hasn’t been caught yet, so go and give it a try.

December 19, 2019

With Christmas Day next week, this weekend will be the last chance to catch yourself some delicious seafood for Christmas lunch. At this stage the weather is shaping up well with light winds forecast for the Bundaberg area, but as always, check the local up-to-date forecast prior to heading out.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Even though it’s been one of the hottest weeks of the year, the good old Burnett continues to produce plenty of nice fish. Mangrove jack and estuary cod have been smashing both lures and baits fished close to the many rock walls in the Burnett. Flathead have slowed a little but anglers who are willing to put in the time have been rewarded with some monster flathead. Let’s hope 2020 brings some welcome rain for the farmers and in turn, improves the fishing for the next year.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Both the Baffle and the Kolan will be popular destinations over the Christmas break. The good news is that both of these systems are fishing and crabbing well. Mangrove jack and big grunter are always a welcome capture at this time of the year. The new weedless Zerek Fish Trap Vibe fished over rock bars has already produced a number of quality mangrove jack in both of these systems. Some nice muddies have been on the move as well, so don’t forget the crab pots this weekend. There’s nothing better than a feed of mud crab for Christmas.

LAKE GREGORY
This little impoundment continues to be a cracker! The quality and size of the Australian bass and saratoga is amazing. At this time of the year, it’s always worth getting to the lake as the sun is coming up to try to tempt both of these species to take a surface popper, which is one of the most exciting methods to catch these fresh water species. Trolling the edges or casting spinnerbaits or lightly-weighted soft plastics has also been working very well.

LAKE MONDURAN
With the super-dry conditions, Lake Monduran’s current capacity sits at 66.91%, and care needs to be taken as many trees and stumps are starting to show themselves. A lot of barramundi have been active early in the morning between 5.00am and 8.00am, then once again in the afternoon as the sun goes down. With the warm water, try targeting tree tops in about eight to ten metres of water, casting Jackall Squirrels and Lucky Craft Pointers. Vibing can also be a deadly technique with barra in the deeper water.

December 12, 2019

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
It looks like we just might be in for chance to get offshore from Bundaberg this weekend! With the big tides, the trout and red throat emperor should be super active. I reckon if you’re in the shallows early either Saturday or Sunday morning you’ll be in for some fun action. If you want to chase reds in the deep I’d definitely be aiming to fish the tops and bottoms of the tides. High tide will be around 9.30am and low tide will be at 4pm on Saturday. Remember to check always the updated forecast before heading out.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With the big tides this weekend there should be plenty of bait getting around, which should stir the mackerel right up. I’d be focusing on fishing towards Elliott Heads way to find the clearer water. Anchoring on the Cochrane Artificial Reef and dropping lightly-weighted pilchards down on gang hooks will get you into some exciting action. I like setting a pilchard out the back then throwing soft plastics and 20g vibes up-current and working them back on the bottom with the tide. You will catch plenty of different species of fish with that technique.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been producing some ripper mud crabs over the past week! People have been catching an awesome feed all throughout the river. The mangrove jack and flathead haven’t been disappointing either. Most of these fish have been caught towards the bottom of low tide over the rock bars and around the jetties. Slow-rolling paddle-tail soft plastics and setting live baits out will get you the live action.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Again, the crabs are on the move in the Baffle and Kolan systems. It will be well worth a go to chuck the crab pots in this weekend with the full moon tides. The bigger tides are in the mornings so make sure you have your pots in soaking for that tide. The mangrove jack and queenfish have been in full flight as well. Most of these fish have been caught on Lucky Craft Pointers and Halco poppers. Don’t forget to pack the whiting gear because there’s been plenty of these tasty little critters getting around on the shallow sand bars towards the mouth.

LAKE MONDURAN
The Lake Monduran barra are turning into proper beasts of fish! With plenty being caught over 80cm now you want to be on your game to get them out of the timbers. Getting there for the early morning bite is a wise move because that’s when these fish are most active over these hot summer days. Jackall Squirrels have again been doing the damage. Don’t be scared to fish the slightly deeper spots because that’s where the cooler water will be.

December 5, 2019

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Luckily enough, the forecast came good last Saturday. The boats that ventured out that bit wider all reported landing plenty of quality reef fish. Both the Herald Patches and Warregoes produced the goods with some nice red emperor, red throat emperor, coral trout, grass sweetlip and parrot making their way into the ice-boxes.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Although we desperately need some rain around Bundaberg, the Burnett River is still producing the goods for anglers willing to put in a few hours. Plenty of nice flathead are hanging around the bases of most of the rock walls. Mangrove jack have also been very active this past week and have been caught on soft plastics as well as baits like mullet fillet and fresh prawns. A few big grunter over 60cm have also been keeping anglers entertained recently. Some nice muddies were on the move last week, so putting in a few pots this weekend should be well worth a crack.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Both the Baffle and the Kolan systems are generally busy at this time of the year. The stand-out capture has been the mangrove jack. Anglers have been smacking them at all stages of the tide. The stand-out plastic has been the Zman 4-5 inch Diezel Minnowz rigged on either a conventional jig head or weedless with a SnakelockZ jig head system. There has been plenty of by-catch while chasing mangrove jack, including grunter, flathead, bream and estuary cod. Sitting on the deeper holes at night with livies or mullet fillet has been very effective as well for big jacks. Some nice summer whiting have been caught around the many sand bars with yabbies and beach worms unbeatable as bait.

LAKE MONDURAN
It’s awesome to see so many people back at Lake Monduran trying to land the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra. You can register for this competition and find out more on the website at https://www.goldenbarra.com.au/ Plenty of barra have been caught early morning and late afternoon in the shallow windward bays. During the middle of the day try casting Lucky Craft Pointer and Jackall Smash Minnows through the treetops in the deeper water where the barra will find the water temperature more comfortable.

November 28, 2019

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
FINALLY the Bundaberg area might be in for a run of good weather this weekend! With the reef closure finishing on Friday the 29th of November, this weekend will be ON. We are on the right side of the moon now, so the red emperor and coral trout should be chewing. Remember to use big flesh baits with reds and pilchards or yakkas for trout. Don’t forget to concentrate on the tops and bottoms of the tides because that will be the hot bite time!

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The schoolie mackerel should be in full swing this weekend! Fast-retrieving Flasha spoons and Halco Twistys off the bottom will get you the good results. If the water is dirtier or if it’s overcast, lightly weighted pilchards can be a deadly way to get them to chew. There’s still been some absolute cracker grunter being caught on all the inshore reefs. They have mostly been caught on 20g Samaki vibes.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The mangrove jack have really turned it on in the Burnett River over the past week! Slow-rolling 4” paddle tail soft plastics over rock bars has been the standout technique. There’s also been some awesome numbers of delicious mud crabs being caught all throughout the Burnett.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The mouth of the Baffle has been producing some trophy-sized flathead. The larger soft plastics have been catching the bigger flatties, and the Gulp plastics have been a standout. The upper reaches have still been producing some mighty mangrove jacks. The smaller sized paddle tail softies have been getting the bite. Also sitting in the deep holes with live baits will get you into some live action. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there has been some awesome muddies getting around.

ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott has been producing some ripper whiting. Fishing the incoming tide with beach worms or yabbies will get you a tasty feed. Also, fishing the shallow sand bars with small surface poppers targeting whiting is super exciting and effective. You might also see some monster flathead while working the shallows so have a soft plastic ready to go on another combo to sight-cast a big flatty.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still producing some cracking barra!! Getting out there for the early morning bite is the way to go. Plenty of these fish are being caught tight in the timbers in around 15ft of water. Don’t forget to fish the windblown bays and points. The Jackal Squirrels have still been the magic go-to lure!

21/11/19

With the northerly winds blowing and not looking to change any time soon, offshore fishing around the Bundaberg area will be a bit lumpy out wide. It’s time to do maintenance on the boat and trailer before the weather comes good and it’s Christmas time.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
For those anglers who are mad keen and want to poke their noses put the front, there have been plenty of mackerel and tuna on the close reefs and around the mouth of Burnett Heads. Casting slugs into and around the schools should pick you up a feed.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Summer time is just about upon us and the weather is really starting to heat up. There are great reports of mangrove jack being caught in the past few weeks with temperatures rising and the fish really coming on the chew. For those casting lures and wanting to have a go at catching the red dog on a lure, set yourself up with a rig with 20lb braid and 30 to 40lb leader. Lure of choice is a 3” to 4” soft plastic, preferably rigged weedless so it may be cast tight into mangroves or around rock bars without being snagged. For those who want to sit back and have a beer, use a good fillet of mullet with a light sinker and about a 4/0 size hook, wait and then hang on! That could be your fish of a life-time.

There are good reports of 60cm grunter also being caught with good sized flathead out of the Burnett by casting soft plastics into the deeper holes. Always make sure you have a heavy enough jig head to get your soft plastic to the bottom – very important.

LAKE GREGORY
Before the sun rises high in the sky and it gets too hot to fish, get out early and cast a few spinnerbaits around the edges of this little dam, or go up into the timber. This should produce a few good reaction bites to get some quality bass. Once the bite slows around the edges, move out into the deeper water to find those school fish. Casting a soft plastic or blade lure and slowly retrieving back through the school should pick you up a few more fish.

LENTHALLS DAM
Lenthalls is approximately just over an hour’s drive south of Bundaberg. What a great little dam to catch a barra! I had the opportunity to take my young son there to catch his first ever barra and his biggest bass to date. Just off the highway and into the forestry, this top little lake is all weed edges and lilies. Catching barra in this lake is the same as any other lake – follow the wind to find that warmer water. Casting 4” soft plastics, jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits were getting the bites for us. To get onto this lake you can not have any more than a 60HP four-stroke or E-Tec motor and the speed limit on the dam is 6 knots. The gate opens from 6.00am and closes at 6.00pm. Limited short-stay camping is available and pre-booking of a camp site is essential. Information is available here.

LAKE MONDURAN
With the water level dropping, the water temperature rising and the barra getting bigger, now is the time to get out on this dam and get your barra fix. Good reports of fish in the 90cm range are coming in fast. If you follow the rules and follow the wind, casting suspending hard bodies around timber snags and off points, you will catch a barra. Most importantly, persistence is the key.

14/11/19

Firstly, how good is it to be living in this part of the world? We have so many options at our doorstep which all are fishing well. At this stage, it’s looking like the northerly wind which is predicted will make things a little lumpy out wide.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With a bity of luck there may be a small window both Saturday and Sunday morning to slip out to the inshore reefs before the wind picks up. Plenty of mackerel and mac tuna have been active on all the popular marks whereas closer to the bottom; plenty of nice grunter and the odd squire have been responding well to soft plastics, vibes and baits.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett River has been a little hot and cold lately. There has been some really nice mangrove jack caught recently in all parts of the river from Splitters Creek, Austoft Rocks, Tallon Bridge, Kirby’s and North Wall.

Some big flathead have been hanging around the base of these rock walls and have been a sucker to a 4” to 5” soft plastic. Along the gravel beds there has been a lot of small grunter, but the green sea toads are also there in good numbers.

A few quality mud crabs were caught in the Burnett during this past week so that may be another option for this weekend.

THE KOLAN RIVER
The Kolan River has also fished reasonably well now the water temperature is up around 25-26 degrees. Species such as mangrove jack seem to be smashing most presentations such as soft or hard body lures. Live baits as well as strip baits of mullet fillet have all been effective on jacks; some of which have been over 50cm and very challenging to land.

LAKE CANIA
The annual Cania Fishing Classic was held last weekend with 395 senior and junior nominations and by all reports it was a huge success with heaps of Australian bass, golden perch, jew and saratoga being caught. The Cania Dam Fishing Stocking Association did a fantastic job and that’s why Cania is one of my favourite destinations. All funds raised goes into restocking the dam and running the fishing competition.

LAKE MONDURAN
I believe Lake Monduran is fishing as good as any barra impoundment in Queensland. The barra are very well conditioned and averaging between 70-90cm. Most anglers are being rewarded with little effort with some anglers getting up to 10 hookups per session! Jackall Squirrels, Lucky Craft Pointers and 4.8” Jackall Rhythm Waves all working a treat.

7/11/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With the weather around the Bundaberg area not looking too good for the offshore reefs this weekend, there are some options for those who want to poke their nose out the front to the inshore reefs. We have heard reports of schoolie mackerel being caught close in from the mouth of the Burnett River down to the Elliott River. There has been good catches by casting slugs or Flasha spoons into the schools. This will soon have you hooked up. There are also reports of good-sized grunter being caught off the Cochrane Artificial Reef by casting Samaki Vibes or 4” to 5” soft plastics. For those who like bait fishing, a well-presented pilchard floated out the back should produce a good feed of whatever comes along.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The bit of rain we’ve had earlier this week should improve the fishing and get those mud crabs out of their holes and moving. So before you head out for a fish, put the pots in. As the water warms, there has been good reports of 50cm mangrove jack and good-sized grunter being caught. Casting 4” soft plastics or Zerek Prawn lures has been doing a lot of the damage. For those wanting to chase a good feed of flathead, one of my favourite lures is the Zman 4” Curl Tail Bloodworm. This usually gets the job done.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan and the Baffle are two of the best systems in which to chase the mighty mangrove jack. Casting 3” to 4” soft plastics in amongst the snags, or floated down around the rock bars should produce if you are persistent enough. If chasing a feed of flathead, try finding a good sandbar that has a drop-off on the edge and cast onto the sandbar and work your lure over the drop-off, hopefully into a large flathead’s mouth. Remember, with lure fishing you must be persistent – it will pay off. To catch both these species on bait, try using mullet fillets or live sprat. Sit back, have a beer and wait for that awesome bite!

LAKE GREGORY
For those who want to learn how to lure fish, this little lake is the place to learn. Casting Spinnerbaits around the timber has been producing the most fish. Bass in and around the 40cm mark have been common with a couple of saratoga thrown in as a by-catch. When the bite slows from the timber or around the edges, move out into the deeper water. Once you find the fish, cast back over the top of the school, sinking a soft plastic to the bottom with a slow roll back to the boat looking for that fish to bite.

LAKE MONDURAN
With the closure of the barra fishing in the salt, Lake Monduran is the place to go whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned barra angler. Good reports of fish from 50cm to 90cm have been caught in the past month. Casting Squirrels in the wind-blown bays and around points has been producing the most fish. Persistence with casting into these areas around good snags should produce a fish or two. Remembering to put five to ten casts into that snag. Anglers still have the chance to catch the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra worth a whopping $150,000 Toyota Land Cruiser and boat and motor package.

31/10/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
For the anglers around the Bundaberg area, the schoolie mackerel have turned up in awesome numbers over the past couple weeks. Fast retrieving Flasha spoons off the bottom and sinking pilchards on gang hooks will get you the numbers. I usually don’t use anything over 60lb leader just to get the bite. Also some of the size of the grunter being caught on the inshore reefs has been impressive. Jigging soft vibes and soft plastics up to 5” will get you the good results. Let’s just hope for good weather.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The mighty Burnett has been producing some cracker mangrove jacks. Most of these fish have been caught on Lucky Craft Pointers and paddle tail soft plastics. Most anglers are chasing these awesome fish towards the bottom of the tide. There’s also been some monster flathead caught. They seem to be getting the bigger fish towards the Town Reach around the bridges. Jigging 20g and 14g Samaki Vibes is my favourite way to target the bigger lizards. Don’t forget to throw in your crab pots because there’s some nice bucks starting to turn up.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The fish of the week in both the Kolan and the Baffle systems is definitely your mangrove jack. They seem to be taking a liking to the smaller profile bait fish, so dropping down to 3” soft plastics is definitely a good idea. With the smaller tides this weekend, working lightly-weighted prawn imitation plastics off the rock bars will get you some live action. There’s also been talk of some nice sized fingermark caught up in the Kolan and Baffle, so while chasing the jacks you might get a nice surprise catch.

LAKE MONDURAN
The fishing is still red hot out at Lake Monduran, and plenty of the barra being caught have been 70cm plus. I’ve been getting most my fish in the timbers and in around 15ft of water. With the water temperature over 25 degrees the early morning bite has been in full swing. Aggressively twitching Jackall Squirrels with long pauses has been getting the bite for me. Remember to fish with confidence. There’s plenty of barra to be caught in there.

24/10/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE

Jade from Truansea Charters reported having a couple of excellent days reef fishing last weekend before the weather change that rolled through around lunch time Sunday.  Other anglers also reported catching plenty of red throat emperor, grass sweetlip, coral trout, hussar and the odd red emperor.  Please remember the Coral Reef Fish Fin Closure commences as of Friday 25th October 2019 until Tuesday 29th October 2019.   Closed seasons are important to allow stocks to replenish to ensure there are sustainable numbers of fish for current and future generations to enjoy.

BUNDABERG INSHORE

All the popular way points along the Bundaberg coastline are all fishing well but the key is to get there early morning as usually the action slows by around 8am.  There’s still plenty of pelagics swimming around such as school and spanish mackerel, a few tuna and some impressive grunter and squire fished closer towards the bottom.

THE BURNETT RIVER

Species such as mangrove jack and barramundi have really fired up with the warmer weather.  Good numbers of barra can be located easily in the town reach with a quality side imaging sounder.  Casting soft vibes around 30g has been working a treat in the slightly deeper water.  The bait fisherman have also been cleaning up with some massive flathead, mangrove jack and northern whiting right throughout this impressive river system.

LAKE CALLIDE & LAKE CANIA

The annual Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic is being held this weekend.  The Callide Impoundment has been fishing quite well for big barra and I’m sure a few meteries will be landed.  Lake Cania is one of my personal favourites and also has been fishing red hot with plenty of Australian bass, yellow belly and saratoga playing the game.  The fish can be caught on many different styles of lures; it’s a great place to learn how to lure fish.

The Cania Fishing Classic is being held on the 8th, 9th and 10th November 2019.  Each year this family friendly comp attracts around 400 people with all funds raised going towards restocking the dam.  You can register from their Facebook Page “Cania Dam Fish Stocking” or email caniadamfishstocking@gmail.com

LAKE MONDURAN

The annual Tackle World Bundaberg Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic was held last weekend. It was excellent to see quite a few more anglers at the lake this year.  There were 61 legal barra weighed in and many more undersize barra caught and released during the weekend.  Numbers of Australian bass and jewfish were up as well as some outstanding catches of catfish.  It’s fantastic to have such a world class fishery at our doorstep and I can assure you that the Monduran Anglers & Stocking Association (MASA) is doing everything possible to make Lake Monduran Number 1.

Don’t’ forget, anglers have the chance to catch that golden barra with the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra Competition running until 19th February 2020 for a chance to win from the $190,000 prize pool.  You can register to be in the running, and also see the Terms and Conditions at https://www.goldenbarra.com.au/

Report 17/10/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The weather around the Bundaberg area is looking good for this weekend for those guys wanting to get offshore. There are good reports of red emperor, coral trout and red throat sweetlip having been caught during the past weeks. For those anglers wanting to get out and have a crack, always check the current forecast before heading out because things can change from day to day.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
For the smaller tinnies wanting to get to the inshore reefs like the Two Mile and the Cochrane Artificial Reef, casting out Flasha spoons or slugs should pick up a feed of school mackerel for you. Finding where the bait is should save you time on the water. Floating out a pilly or trolling one of the large diving lures like a Halco will give you a chance of catching a good-sized Spanish mackerel.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Bring on the summer!! Water temperatures are rising which in turn is really turning on the barramundi and mangrove jack. Good reports of barramundi and a few good-sized mangrove jack have been coming in from the Burnett. Using 20g soft vibes or casting out 4” soft plastics along the rock walls should produce the goods if you keep persisting. Also, a few good-sized grunter have been caught using the same types of lures. Anyone looking to bait fish, one of the best baits with it’s oily flesh is mullet. Live sprat is another option. Remember, when lure fishing throw the crab pots in. The little bit of rain we’ve had may flush the crabs out of their hole and get them moving.

LAKE GREGORY
For the fishermen who don’t mind an early start, surface fishing at Lake Gregory should produce a few top water strikes on poppers or a Zippin’ Ziggy which is a “walk the dog” type lure. When worked properly it is very deadly on bass. As the sun rises and the fish move into the weed, try casting spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits around the drop-offs of the weed. As the sun rises higher and the water gets warmer, try moving out into the deeper water to about 20 feet. Once you find the fish on your sounder, cast back over the top and let it sink to the bottom. Using a 3” soft plastic or blade lure, slow rolling back to the boat should produce the fish. Remember – the slower the better.

LAKE MONDURAN
Water temperatures have been on the rise and so has the fishing and the size of the fish being caught at Lake Monduran. Fish in the mid-to-high 80cms have started being a regular catch. Also, the number of lures lost to unstoppable fish is on the rise. Fishing Jackall Squirrels off the wind-blown points with timber and weed have been the best options. The odd couple of fish have been reported by trolling with shallow diving lures like the B52 along the timber-lined creeks and rivers.

With the Tackle World Bundaberg Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic on this weekend, Lake Monduran is the place to be. You can register at http://masa-fishstocking.org.au/2019-registration-form/

Anglers will also have the chance to catch that golden barra over the weekend as the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra Competition has started and is running until 19th February 2020. This year there is a $190,000 prize pool. You can register to be in the running, and also see the Terms and Conditions at https://www.goldenbarra.com.au/

For those who will be at Lake Monduran this weekend, best of luck and we may see you there.

Shane Anderson

Report 10/10/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs around the Bundaberg area should be firing this weekend! There’s been plenty of reports of awesome sized grunter on all the inshore reefs. Using 20g soft vibes, soft plastics and bait will all get good results for you. With a tide change being around 7.00am I think first light will be fishing really well. Not to forget the schoolie mackerel! Fast retrieving Flasha spoons vertically off the bottom will get you some awesome action and nice fresh feed. Let’s just hope the weather plays the game, but remember to check the latest forecast before you head out.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The number of barra in the Burnett at the moment is impressive. Targeting these fish at the top and bottom of the tide is the key. Most of these fish are being caught on soft vibes and Zerek Live Cherabins. With the full moon being on Sunday night it should give you the extra edge to get the bite. There’s also been some cracking sized flathead been caught all through the river system. Slowly hopping soft plastics over sand and mud bars will get you into the flatty action.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
At the moment, the fish of the week for the Kolan and Baffle systems is the mangrove jack. There has been some rippers caught over 50cm. The stand-out lures has been the Lucky Craft Pointers. Also with the full moon being Sunday night the whiting should be on the chew. Fishing the afternoon incoming tide will give you the chance to catch a tasty feed. If you end up towards the mouth of the Baffle make sure you have some surface poppers handy because there’s been some cracking-sized queenfish busting the surface up there.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is definitely fired up at the moment. With the water temperature over 24 degrees now the early morning bite is in full swing. I was lucky enough to get up there last Sunday and we boated six barra before 8.00am. Jackal Squirrels got the job done for us. It’s exciting to see plenty of fish caught up towards the metre mark. Fishing both heavy timber and shallow weed beds has been producing the fish. Remember to fish with confidence out there – it definitely makes all the difference.


Report 19/9/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The local Bundaberg forecast is looking pretty good for the weekend at this stage, but it always pays to keep an eye on the up-to-date forecast as things can change very quickly. If the weather is anything like last weekend, the offshore anglers should enjoy some fantastic fishing. The Gutters produced some quality grass sweetlip, cod, parrot and also some nice snapper. The outer islands also produced some monster coral trout, red emperor, red throat, cobia and plenty of big hussar.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
All the inshore areas such as the Cochrane Artificial Reef, Ryan’s Patch and the Two Mile Reef have been fishing well, with plenty of snapper, grunter, school mackerel and the odd Spanish mackerel being caught. Floating lightly-weighted pilchards back to the bottom has been deadly on the snapper and mackerel. Also, Samaki or Jackall vibes have also been extremely effective on all species inhabiting the inshore reefs.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Considering the pressure the good old Burnett gets, it still continues to produce the goods. I’m predicting that there will be plenty of flathead, bream, estuary cod and whiting throughout this fantastic river system for the start of the school holidays this weekend. As the water temperatures slowly increase, so will the chance to start hooking into a few mangrove jack and barramundi with a few already starting to show up. With the full moon last weekend, some cracking summer whiting were caught around the shallow sand bars near Strathdees and Splitters Creek, with the best fishing on the first hour of the run-in tide.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Mangrove jack are well and truly on the move in both the Kolan and the Baffle systems. Jack to 50cm have been responding well to soft plastics, prawn imitation lures and soft vibes fished close to the many rock bars and snags that both of these systems are famous for. Other species such as flathead, grunter, whiting and blue salmon have been keeping anglers busy and this weekend should be no exception.

LAKE MONDURAN
How good is it that Lake Monduran is fishing so well? Over the full moon last weekend the dam was a hive of activity. It was awesome to see so many anglers getting stuck into so many barramundi. The size of the barra ranges between 50cm to 90cm. It was fantastic to see quite a few barra caught on soft plastics such as the Keitech 4.5” Swing Impact and the Zerek Flat Shadz slow-rolled over the shallow flats. The Jackall Squirrel is still hard to go past for casting and twitching through the snags.

Report 5/9/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
If the weather plays the game this weekend the inshore fishing around the Bundaberg area should be super fun! With the water temperature starting to warm up, the school mackerel should start turning up in good numbers. Fast retrieving Flasha spoons vertically off the bottom is a deadly technique. Floating pilchards and gar out the back of your boat will get some live action going on as well. It’s still a good time of year to chase the late season snapper and jewfish. It’s hard to beat working 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastics off the bottom to get these fish to bite.

THE BURNETT RIVER
With the warmer weather starting up the fishing is starting to get very exciting! There’s already been a couple of barra and mangrove jack caught in the Burnett system. Fishing one hour either side of the top and bottom of the tide is definitely the hot bite time. Remember to fish with confidence. It only takes that one big hit to make your day. Fishing in the deeper holes with big live baits can definitely produce some trophy fish as well. There’s also still some cracker flathead getting around. Using bigger soft plastics has been getting the bite.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The mangrove jack has been the standout fish in these systems over the past week. Slow rolling the lighter coloured 3” Zman Minnowz over rock bars and out of heavy snags has been doing the trick . I’d be sticking to fairly light leaders due to the very clear water we’ve been experiencing lately. Targeting jack on the surface is incredibly fun as well. Usually early mornings and late afternoons are the standout bite times. While talking about targeting fish on the surface, the queenfish have been in fine form at the mouth of the Baffle. They are great fun to catch and aren’t too bad to eat fresh or to smoke up in a kipper box.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott has been producing some very nice whiting. Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the incoming tide has been the go. There’s also been some nice bream and flathead caught as well. Using smaller soft plastics and baits is the key to landing these fish.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is starting to turn it ON! Some anglers have been lucky enough to catch over ten barra in a session. The shallow windblown points are definitely what to look for. Jackall Squirrels and Zerek Fish Traps have once again been the standout lures. The bite times are definitely starting to get longer with the warmer weather we are starting to experience. We are leading up to the full moon for the next week so the fishing should get HOT!

Report 29/8/19

After fantastic weather around the Bundaberg area this week, it looks like the wind is forecast to freshen into the weekend, restricting most of the fishing action back into the local rivers and impoundments. Always check the latest forecast before heading out, as things can change quickly.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The anglers lucky enough to have some time off through the week and managed to venture offshore all reported catching a quality mixed bag of reef fish including coral trout, red emperor, parrot and sweetlip. The new Elkat ganged hooks have been extremely popular for the reef fisherman who likes using a whole pilchard, yakka or fillet baits.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Some good reports have come in from the Burnett during the past week. Quite a few nice flathead and bream have fired up around Strathdees and the Rubyanna area, on both bait and soft plastics. There is still good numbers of blue salmon down around Fairymead Bend and they seem to be biting well on soft vibes around the high tide.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
As the days start to get longer and the temperature is starting to rise, the fishing in both the Kolan and Baffle will only improve. A few mangrove jack are starting to become more aggressive smashing lures, and will continue to improve as we get closer to summer. Down towards the mouths of these systems there has been plenty of monster flathead willing to play the game. There has also been some nice muddies caught this past week.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is getting better and better for chasing barramundi. As the water level is dropping and the water temperature is starting to rise, so is the action by these fantastic sports fish. The barra are averaging between 70cm and 90cm and the stand-out lures are the Lucky Craft Pointers and the Rapala Shadow Raps, which are accounting for plenty of fish recently. Let’s hope this action only gets better for the annual Tackle World Bundaberg Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic which is being held this year on the 19th and 20th of October.

Just finally, congratulations to Wayne Bryant, a local Bundaberg lad who fished and won the Fitzroy King of the River recently, with a very impressive 145cm threadfin salmon.

Report 22/8/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
There are reports of some great catches for those anglers who ventured offshore over the past weekend. Coral trout and red emperor were just some of the prize fish caught if you could get them up before the dreaded man in the grey suit came in for a feed. Looking forward to this weekend for offshore in the Bundaberg area, Sunday and earlier next week is looking like the pick of the days for getting outside for a fish. Remember, the weather can change from day to day, so be sure to check the latest weather forecast before heading out.

BUNDABERG INSHORE

For those anglers who want to venture to the local inshore reefs in smaller boats, the Two Mile off Bargara and the Cochrane Artificial Reef off Elliott Heads are both producing plenty of squire, snapper and good-sized grunter. The best baits to use are squid and pilchards. While fishing on the bottom for snapper, have what we call a floater out the back. This is a gang hook set up with a lighter sinker, and baited with a pilchard for any mackerel that are cruising in the area for a feed.

THE BURNETT RIVER

Blue salmon in the river can be a very frustrating fish to catch. They either bite and you catch them or they bite and you don’t – mIne being the latter. For those who don’t mind a bit of frustration and want to try catching one, throwing Samaki soft vibe lures are the key, with a bit of persistence thrown in. Drifting through the deeper holes in the river with a pilchard on will pick up a few flathead, or casting 3” to 5” soft plastics will also do the job.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK

While fishing the Baffle and the Kolan, it’s a good idea to throw in the crab pots before venturing out for a fish. As in all fishing, find the bait and you will find the fish not too far away. The best bait to use is either live bait or fresh baits. Buy yourself a cast net or yabbie pump to get the freshest bait possible. When using live baits try to use the lightest weight you can, to give the bait the freedom to swim about freely and hopefully, hold on tight to land that big one.

LAKE MONDURAN

Lake Monduran is the place to be in winter if you want to catch a barra. Reports are that half a dozen to a dozen fish have been caught throughout the day. Afternoon sessions have been more productive due to water temperatures being on the rise. Also, the sizes of the fish are getting bigger and most of the fish are now 80cm to 90cm in length. Casting Jackall Squirrels and suspending them for a longer period of time should reward you with a fish or two.

LAKE GREGORY

Anglers who love a top water bite find that early morning as the sun rises is prime time at Lake Gregory. If you get no response on top water, casting to the edges with Spinnerbaits and Lipless Crankbaits should produce those bigger fish. Sound around to find schooling fish, then casting soft plastics or blades back over the top and sinking them to the bottom, then slow-rolling back to the boat will produce fish. If you have no sounder, drift-fish or troll until you find a school then try the same technique to catch more fish.

Report 15/8/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE

With the smaller tides, the deep should be fishing awesome. Using big baits on Elkat ganged hooks will get you your trophy fish. Don’t forget to take the pilchards out because the trouts and red throat emperor should be in fine form. Always remember to check the updated forecast before heading out.

BUNDABERG INSHORE

The inshore reefs should be ON this weekend. I’ve always liked chasing snapper a couple days after the full moon, and there should definitely be some action going on. Throwing 20g soft vibes on light spin gear and floating a pilchard out the back will get the snapper, jew and grunter chewing. Early mornings and late afternoons are the hot bite times. There’s also been talk of some winter whiting still being caught in front of the Burnett Heads lighthouse, so it will be well worth having a go for those tasty critters.

LAND-BASED ROCK FISHING

With all the westerlies we’ve been having its been making the conditions perfect for rock fishing, and there’s plenty of rocks to fish from on the shorelines around Bundaberg. The usual captures are generally school mackerel, tuna, mosses perch, grass sweet lip and bream. If you’re confused about where the Green Zones are, pick up a great Sandy Marine Park Visitor Guide which shows where the restricted zones are. Rock fishing can be super exciting!

THE BURNETT RIVER

The Burnett River is still full of blue salmon. The Town Reach around the bridges is definitely the hotspot. Working soft and hard vibes towards the bottom of the tide is definitely the technique to go with. The size of some of the flathead that have been caught as a by-catch has been crazy. Remember to keep your leaders pretty light – I usually wouldn’t use anything over 25lb.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK

There’s been some awesome bream and whiting caught in both the Kolan and the Baffle systems over the past week, with some cracker whiting over the magic 40cm mark being caught. Fishing the incoming tide with fresh yabbies and beach worms is the way to go. It’s also getting to that time of year when a few jew will start turning up in these systems. They are super fun to catch on barra tackle. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there’s still some awesome-sized crabs getting around!

LAKE MONDURAN

Lake Monduran is still producing some awesome fish!! Some of the barra I’ve seen caught up towards the 90cm mark have been total weapons of fish! Again the Jackal Squirrels have been getting the best results. Working these lures with long pauses up in the shallow weed beds and timber will definitely get you into the action. I’d definitely be fishing the afternoons due to the cold mornings that we’ve been experiencing.

Report 8/8/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Unfortunately, the offshore forecast is looking a little unstable, with the cool westerly change predicted to reach Bundaberg sometime on Friday afternoon. This means that most of the action this weekend will be limited to the close inshore reefs, rivers and impoundments. However, things can change rapidly, so always check the latest forecast before heading out for a fish.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With a bit luck, areas such as the Cochrane Artificial Reef, the Two Mile and the Four Mile should be accessible with the westerly wind forecast. By all reports quite a few snapper, grunter and the odd jewfish have showed up. It’s always worth floating a live bait out the back as there is still a few Spanish mackerel around.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Even though the Burnett is super-clear at the moment, plenty of nice fish have been caught. Flathead and grunter have been the stand-out catches. A few bream have started to inhabit the major rock walls in the Burnett, such as Kirby’s and the North Wall and they have been responding well to soft plastics and fresh baits. The hard-fighting blue salmon are still in good numbers throughout the Town Reach and can be easily identified by using a quality side-imaging sounder. Samaki 20g Soft Vibes are the perfect lure to fish for these salmon.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
Some cracking summer whiting have been caught in the Elliott River during the past week. The stand-out bait has been beachworms and fresh yabbies rigged on either a size 4 or 6 long shank hook with just enough sinker to keep in contact with the bottom. A few impressive flathead have also been caught as a by-catch whilst fishing in the shallows.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan and the Baffle systems are firing with the bread-and-butter species like bream, flathead and whiting. There have also been plenty of pelagics chopping around the mouths of these rivers. Queenfish, trevally and chopper tailor have been providing plenty of entertainment for the anglers targeting them. Some nice mud crabs have also showed up with the bigger tides last week.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran continues to amaze me as to how well it fished right through winter. Barramundi in the mid 80’s have been common and are very challenging to land once hooked. The prime time to fish this awesome impoundment has been from noon till dark. Jackall Squirrels are still one of the most productive lures for barra at Lake Monduran. The action should only improve over the next month as the water temperature slowly starts to rise.

Report 1/8/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
For those anglers who enjoyed the week of fantastic weather around the Bundaberg area, it’s time to do a bit of maintenance as the weather for the coming weekend is looking like it might be a little bit rough for the offshore fishing. It’s time to change those bearings you were going to change a month ago, and fix those things that need attention, to be ready for the next window of great weather that comes around..

BUNDABERG INSHORE
For those who don’t mind a little swell there has been a few mackerel and tuna caught around the mouth of the Burnett River. Casting Flasha lures or trolling large hard bodies should do the job. “Find the bait, find the fish.” For those who want to have a go at snapper or large grunter, cast out Samaki Vibe soft plastics.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Is it the fishermen, or the fish? That is the question. There are plenty of blue salmon in the Burnett, but being there at the right time is the key. Some anglers have been catching ten to twenty fish, but then others are not even getting a bite. The guys catching them are using soft vibes or metal vibes.

Rain, rain, rain – we definitely need it.. With the water being so clear due to the lack of rain, the bait in the rivers has been scarce. The run-off from rain brings nutrients into the rivers which in turn brings in the bait fish, then in come the predatory fish further into the rivers chasing the bait. As the old saying goes, drought on the land, drought in the ocean.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
When fishing for flathead and bream in the local river systems, finding areas such as rock walls or a rubble bottom where there is a food source is the key to catching more fish. Prawns, mullet and whitebait are just some of the baits used for targeting these species. Flathead are ambush fish – they lie in wait on drop-offs or deep holes. Drifting can be very productive until you find the fish, then anchor away. For those who would like to have a go at soft plastic fishing, flathead are one of the easier fish to target. Casting 3” to 5” soft plastics will work, just hopping off the bottom of a sand flat or deep hole where the big girls lay in wait.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still producing the goods. Frequent reports have come in during the past two weeks of good fish in the 80cm range. Afternoon session bites are producing better results as the water warms up during the day, making the fish more active. Also, bass up to 50cm are being caught as a by-catch. Try casting Jackall Squirrels and any other suspending lures that you feel confident with, remembering to have that pause up to twenty or thirty seconds. This is the key in the colder weather.

LAKE GREGORY
Lake Gregory at the moment is fishing very well. Crank Baits and soft plastics cast around the edges are the stand-out lures for those bigger 40cm to 50cm donkeys. Fishing the deeper water casting Blades and heavier soft plastics is producing those schooled fish up to about 30cm to 40cm. Using your electronics to sound the fish up and casting over the top, let the lure sink to the bottom, then slowly retrieving back to the boat should produce plenty of fish. Water levels are down a bit, but it’s still okay to launch a boat.

Report 25/7/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Around the Bundaberg area, it looks like we are in for a cracker weekend of weather! With the smaller tides the deep should be fishing awesome all day. Using big flesh baits on Elkat ganged hooks should stir up the big reds. Remember to stay patient through all the smaller hussar bites and wait for that big red load-up before setting the hooks. I’d be fishing the shallows with a lot of soft plastics this weekend. There is an exciting new range of soft plastics and stick baits now available, so check them out before going on your weekend adventures! Also, don’t forget to always check the updated forecast before heading out.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs should be producing some ripper snapper and grunter this weekend. Slowly drifting over patches such as the Four Mile off Elliott Heads while jigging lightly-weighted soft plastics on sunrise and sunset will get you good results. Sometimes anchoring will shut the fish down, so definitely keep that in mind. Also when you’re on the drift, you’re covering more ground and the snapper can hold on sand edges at times, so it doesn’t pay to only do small short drifts on the top of the reef.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The blue salmon have finally started to chew on all stages of the tide. The lures doing the most damage are 20g soft vibes. Definitely mix up your retrieve because some days they bite on the weirdest retrieve techniques. Not to forget about the monster flathead that have been caught. Most of these fish have been caught on live sprat and 5” soft plastics. Also, don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there’s still some winter chocolates around.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
There’s been plenty of queenfish and trevally action at the mouth of both these systems. Throwing surface lures at nervous scattering baitfish on the surface is as fun as it gets. Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the incoming tide has been producing some cracker whiting up to 40cm as well. It will be well worth fishing the rock bars for bream at the top of the high tide as well. Prawns and small strips of mullet fillets have been the standout baits.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still producing the barra. Some very solid high 80cm models are being caught. Fishing the shallow weed beds is definitely the way to go to get some action. Slow-rolling Jackall Squirrels has been the standout technique this week. Don’t forget to fish the wind-blown points, and the afternoons are still the best bite times.

Report 18/7/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Even though the weather around the Bundaberg area was not as good as the forecast had predicted, quite a few reef anglers still ventured out to have a crack. The good news is that there was some massive snapper starting to show up on some of the popular marks to the north. Good reports also came from the wrecks off Bundaberg. The Barjon and Althea are both holding plenty of bait fish, spanish mackerel and cobia, and if you reach the bottom, some cracking grass sweetlip and coral trout have been caught. The weather for this weekend should be okay, but as always check the forecast before heading out.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has continued to fish well. At this time of the year flathead are one of the most common captures around the sand bars and rock walls. Hopefully this latest cool change will trigger more bream to show up in the Burnett. With the full moon last Wednesday night, the bigger tides should entice the summer whiting to play the game. Using light gear and fresh bait is the key to landing a few of these tasty fish.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Now the school holidays are over the boat traffic should settle down and both the Kolan and Baffle systems should bounce back to normal. Even though it was busy, there were plenty of monster flathead, jewfish, bream and whiting to keep everyone entertained.

LAKE GREGORY
Lake Gregory has been fishing well for Australian bass over the past few weeks. Good numbers of bass are schooled up in the deeper water making them easier to target with blades, tailspinners and soft plastics. Bass in the high 40s have been common, so let’s hope the action continues for the ABT Bass Electric round coming up in the next few weeks.

LAKE CANIA
Another ABT Bass round was held at Lake Cania last weekend and by the reports from the Bundaberg lads who competed, while the fishing was a little tough, some magic bass were landed by some of the best bass anglers in the country.

LAKE MONDURAN
This barra fishery continues to produce the goods, even in winter. Plenty of barra were caught last weekend with afternoon sessions providing more action. Jackall Squirrels, Lucky Craft Pointers and Rapala Shadow Raps are all working very well on the barra that are ranging between 60cm and 85cm and are as healthy as. With a bit of luck there might be a few barra around the magic metre mark by the time the Tackle World Bundaberg Monduran Family Fishing Classic rolls around in October.

Report 4/7/19

Firstly, a big “Thank you” to everyone who fished the annual Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic last weekend. Even though the weather was not perfect, plenty of quality fish were caught, producing lots of fun for the whole family.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Although the offshore forecast was not ideal some die-hard anglers still managed to weigh in some awesome fish and fill every category on the VMR Fishing Classic offshore leader board. Some of the stand-out fish were a cobia over 31kgs and coral trout and parrot fish over 5kgs.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The winning snapper of the VMR Fishing Classic was caught on one of the many inshore reefs off Bargara, which also produced some fantastic grunter. Good numbers of school mackerel are still right along our coastline and trolling a metal spoon on a paravane has been one of the most productive methods of catching these speedsters.

THE BURNETT RIVER
It seemed like the Burnett River was the place to be last weekend. The quality and size of the estuary species that the Burnett continues to produce is amazing. In many opinions, the fish of the competition was a .785gr whiting that measured 43cm – an absolute cracker!! With the addition this year of the second weigh station under the Traffic Bridge in the Town Reach, plenty of big bream and grunter continued to be weighed in live.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
With the school holidays now in full swing, both the Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been kept busy. With the new moon on Wednesday last week, the bigger tides have fired up a few mud crabs, as well as some big summer whiting around the many sand bars. Both of these systems generally fish well for flathead, with Gulp Soft Plastics being my personal favourites to entice a bite.

LAKE MONDURAN
Even though it’s now winter, Lake Monduran is still producing the goods. Afternoon sessions have definitely been better. As the water temperature increases so does the mood of the barra, making them much more likely to take your lure. Stand-out lures have been the Rapala Shadow Raps and the good old Jackall Squirrels. The Lake Monduran Holiday Park is looking amazing and I can’t think of a better place to set up camp for a few days over the school holidays.

Report 27/6/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The forecast for this weekend for the Bundaberg area is definitely on edge. It looks like the wind may be dropping later in the weekend so make sure you keep an eye on that. With the VMR Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic on this weekend there will definitely be some people trying to sneak out the front. If we are lucky enough to get out I think the snapper should be in awesome numbers! I’d be throwing 20g Samaki vibes and 5” ZMan soft plastics for them. The best snapper bite is usually on first light and last light. You should also get some cracker grunter as a bycatch too.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The blue salmon are again the standout catch for the Burnett River this week, with blueys up to 95cm being caught. Hopping blades and soft vibes off the bottom is definitely the technique to use while chasing these awesome fish. There has also been some cracking bream caught around the town reaches. Working lightly weighted Zman Grubz and using small prawns as bait are the methods that have been getting most of the captures. If you end up towards the mouth don’t forget to fast burn some Flasha spoons because there’s still plenty of schoolie mackerel around.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan and the Baffle systems are producing some cracker flathead and queenfish. Most of the flatties have been caught on small Zman soft plastics worked over shallow sand bars towards the bottom of the outgoing tide. The queenfish are still smacking surface lures. Nervous bait fish flickering around the surface is the thing to look for while chasing queenfish. Fishing the new moon afternoon incoming tides for whiting will also be well worth it. Pumping fresh yabbies for them is the way to go.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott has also been fishing really well for flathead. Working small Gulp soft plastics off the bottom has been the standout technique. Fishing the outgoing tide is definitely the time to chase them. People are also having plenty of luck throwing small poppers over the shallow sandbars for whiting. It’s great fun down there fishing for them in crystal clear water. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in as there has still been some chocolate bucks getting around.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still producing the goods. The barra surely are getting bigger. We are super excited for what this summer will bring! Using Jackall Squirrels over the shallower edges has been the way to get them to chew. I wouldn’t be rushing there early in the mornings, I’d be starting at midday and fishing till last light.

Report 20/6/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
How good is it to live around the Bundaberg area at this time of the year?! Once again, the Burnett Heads boat ramp was over-flowing with large boat trailers last weekend. With the great weather, anglers were able to venture slightly further afield. By all reports those who put in the miles definitely got the smiles, with some fantastic reef fish caught. Plenty of cobia, red throat, coral trout, red emperor, grass sweetlip and cod were caught in the magic conditions last weekend.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The weather was so good that even the smaller boats had a chance to get out and fish the many inshore reefs along the Bundaberg coastline. As it gets cooler, a few snapper and big grunter will take up residence on the closer reefs. There is still plenty of school and Spanish mackerel cruising around close to the coast as well, so don’t forget to have a floating pilchard or live bait out the back whilst you’re doing some bottom fishing.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The 2019 VMR Family Fishing Classic is being held on the 28th, 29th and 30th of June, and the Burnett River is still producing plenty of quality fish. Some massive blue salmon to 95cm have been testing anglers skills with Samaki Thumpertail Vibes working a treat. The bigger tides also stirred up a few nice summer whiting as well as some cracking flathead. Let’s hope this continues over the next few weeks, and this will ensure there will be plenty of trophy-sized fish caught out of the Burnett for the  2019 VMR Family Fishing Classic.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Even though the water temperature has dropped, quite a few mangrove jack were active in both the Kolan and Bafflle systems last weekend. Plenty of nice flathead, whiting and grunter have been caught towards the mouths. The Black Bank in the Kolan always fishes well at this time of the year with plenty of big flathead, jewies and queenfish smashing both soft plastics and hard body lures.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran continues to prove itself as a year-round fishery. Even though the water temperature was only around twenty-one degrees last weekend, plenty of barra were willing to play the game. I heard of some local lads landing over ten nice barra in one hour on Jackall Squirrels and Luckycraft Pointers, with afternoon sessions definitely being more productive.

Report 14/6/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The offshore forecast for the Bundaberg area is looking amazing for the weekend!! With the full moon being next Monday, the fishing will be hot. The reds should be firing in the deep and the trout should be chewing in the shallows. I’d be chasing reds in the morning on the smaller tide and smacking the trout and red throat emperor in the afternoon when that full moon tide is in full swing. Remember to fish with the lightest sinkers as possible because it’ll improve your bite massively.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore weather should be pretty perfect this weekend. I’d definitely start focusing on the snapper with the full moon approaching. Throwing all sizes of soft plastic’s will get them to chew. Most of your hits will be on the drop so make sure your always paying attention and be ready to strike at all times. You’ll also come across some big grunter while chasing the snapper, and I usually run 25lb leader so you’ll still get the bite from them. Don’t forget to put a live bait out the back because there’s still plenty of Spanish mackerel getting around.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The blue salmon are in the river in massive numbers. The best bite time is definitely on the dead low. Throwing soft and hard vibes is definitely the way to go to get the bite. The whiting should definitely be on the chew as well. Using beach worms and fresh yabbies is the deadly way to target them. Fishing the afternoon incoming tide will be the time to chase the tasty buggers. Also there’s been some reports of big jewfish getting around towards the mouth and they are an awesome fish to chase. They are definitely one of the hardest-fighting fish around.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan River and Baffle have been fishing really well. There’s even been some nice-sized mangrove jack being caught. They are mostly being caught on Jackall Squirrels with lighter leader than normal because of the clear water they are experiencing in those systems at the moment. There’s also been plenty of queenfish action towards the mouths so don’t forget the poppers because the queenies are a whole lot of fun to catch while they are surface feeding.

LAKE MONDURAN
Even with these cooler days we’ve been experiencing the barra are still on the chew. With the full moon approaching this weekend the bite should be really good. Jackall Squirrels and 20g soft vibes will be again the standout lures. Don’t forget to target them in the shallows because that’s where they will be most active. Fishing into the night with surface lures could get them fired up as well.

Report 6/6/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
If the forecast goes our way there might be a couple of small weather windows early in the mornings this weekend for the Bundaberg area. The mackerel and tuna have turned up in big numbers over the past week. Anglers have been getting spooled while throwing into birds working just in front of the lighthouse at Burnett Heads! I found last week the way to get the attention of the bigger Spanish was to throw surface poppers. It’s super exciting when they launch five feet out the water with your popper attached. Also, with the cooler conditions and the amount of bait around, it will be well worth chasing snapper. Floating pilchards and jigging Samaki Vibes off the bottom is a deadly way to target them.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The blue salmon has definitely been the standout fish in the Burnett this week! Working soft and hard vibes off the bottom has been the standout technique . Make sure you mix the retrieve up. Sometimes the aggressive double twitch is what it takes to get their attention. The bream have been on as well. Throwing small Z-Man grubs on very light gear is a whole lot of fun. I like fishing for them on the tops and bottoms of the tides. The slack water allows you to fish with lightly-weighted jig heads which improves the bite hugely.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been producing some cracker flathead over the past week. Most people have been targeting them on the out-going tide. Slow rolling small 3” soft plastics over shallow sand bars is a deadly way to get good numbers of these awesome fish. Also, don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there’s been some awesome sized chocolate bucks caught over the past week.

ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott is still fishing well for whiting. With the low tide being around 8:00 am, pumping yabbies and fishing the incoming tide will be ideal. With the smaller tides I’d be focusing on fishing towards the mouth where there will be more current. While having your whiting rods set it will be well worth a go flicking small plastics. There will be plenty of flatty’s getting around with an odd tailor roaming through as well.

LAKE MONDURAN
There’s still some awesome barra action happening up at the dam! Jigging soft vibes from the timber has been the standout way to get the bite over the past week. I’d definitely be fishing the afternoons due to the cold mornings we’ve been experiencing. Always remember to fish the windblown points. Don’t be scared to work your lure very aggressively because sometimes that’s what it takes to get the barra fired up.

Report 29/5/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
How good was it to have some fantastic weather around the Bundaberg area during this past week? With the Burnett Heads boat ramp overflowing with boat trailers, most people had the same idea – to head offshore. By all reports there were some trophy-sized fish caught. Good numbers of coral trout, red emperor, parrot, grass sweetlip, cod and red throat emperor kept anglers busy. The wrecks like the Barjon and the Althea were both holding good numbers of spanish mackerel and cobia. Floating lines or unweighted pilchards on the new Elkat ganged hooks was a deadly technique.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
A mate and I went offshore on Sunday morning and as we headed out there were schools of tuna and mackerel smashing baitfish right along the coastline. Trolling lures that dive to around three metres and floating both pilchards and gar unweighted are the techniques that have been working well. It shouldn’t be long before the winter whiting show up as well. We have heard some good reports of quality whiting caught further south around Woodgate and Hervey Bay.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The blue salmon have worked their way back up into the Town Reach of the Burnett River and should be better with the bigger tides this weekend. Samaki Vibes have been the go-to lures to chase these salmon. At this time of the year flathead seem to be everywhere and good numbers of bream have also been thick on most rocky structures.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Plenty of anglers ventured up the Baffle and the Kolan, and with the magic weather there has been good numbers of whiting, bream and flathead caught. My favourite soft plastic to chase the fathead is the 4” Gulp Nemesis and the 4” Gulp Swimming Mullet. Some nice muddies have also been caught recently and it will be a good option this weekend.

LAKE GREGORY
This awesome little impoundment is fishing fantastic. Most of the Australian bass are schooled up in the centre of the dam. Bass up to 45cm have been caught on many different types of lures from Blades to Chatterbaits, Soft Plastics and Spinnerbaits. The bass have been easy to locate with quality electronics and are awesome fun to catch on light gear. Just bear in mind that the water levels are down a little, but I had no drama getting my boat in and out when I fished the lake recently.

Report 23/5/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Finally it looks like there will be a break in the weather around the Bundaberg area, but always remember to check the updated forecast before heading out. With the small tides, the deep should be fishing awesome! Using big flesh baits with the new Elkat gang hooks will do some damage to some trophy fish. If you’re fishing the shallows make sure you use lightly weighted sinkers because the fish will be picky with the very little run.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With the water temperature still being so high, the mackerel should still be in good numbers. Using live baits and floating gar will get the job done. Also throwing Halco poppers around is an exciting way to get them to chew. There’s also been some nice squire caught, mostly on 5” Z-Man soft plastics. If you want some line-burners there’s also plenty of tuna being caught. Look for birds working on bait schools and throw small slugs in, then fast retrieve.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The fish of the week for the Burnett is definitely the blue salmon. Plenty of guys are catching more than ten per session. Jigging 20g soft and hard vibes is the way to go to catch them. The numbers of flathead caught per session have been very impressive as well. Not to forget about the cracker sized bream that are being landed as well. Most of them have been caught on shallow rock bars using prawns and mullet gut as bait.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
The amount of flathead towards the mouth of the Elliott at the moment is crazy! If you’re more into bait fishing, buy or catch some sprat and lightly weight them and do some slow drifts over the shallow sandbars. It’s a deadly technique and super fun for the kids. There’s also plenty of gar getting around. Using very lightly weighted line with a small float attached and a small long shank hook tied to your leader is the way to target them. It will be well worth chasing the whiting and bream as the Elliott River is very healthy at the moment.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan and the Baffle fished well over the weekend, with reports of plenty of whiting, bream and flathead being caught. The whiting have been biting best on fresh yabbies while fishing the incoming tides. They seem to be schooling up in the very shallow water so keep that in mind. The flatties have been smacking brightly coloured 3” Z-Man soft plastics slowly rolled in the shallows. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because there’s still some big bucks being caught in both these systems.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still fishing well. I’ve seen some larger fish being caught in the past week. Fishing the afternoons is definitely the way to go with the water temperatures much higher than the mornings. Remember to fish the bays and points that the wind is blowing into. Jackall Squirrels and 20g Soft Vibes are definitely the lures you want in your boat when heading out there!

Report 16/5/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
With a bit of luck, this weekend’s forecast isn’t looking too bad to get out and have a fish around the Bundaberg area. The south-easterly winds are expected to exceed 15 knots which may present a small window for the bigger boats to explore the wider grounds. Anglers who put in the effort last weekend were well rewarded with a quality mixed bag including red throat emperor, coral trout, red emperor and Spanish mackerel.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
By all reports there have been good numbers of mackerel, queenfish and mac tuna right along our coastline. Trolling deep diving lures such as the Rapala X-Rap, or by casting metal spoons or blades like the Strada X-Blades have been working a treat. With the first cool change of the year, the better quality snapper should not be too far away from coming in closer. We will keep you informed over the coming weeks.

THE BURNETT RIVER
With the full moon next Sunday night, the bigger tides should fire up the Burnett. This weekend will be a prime time to target big summer whiting with fresh yabbies and beach worms around the many sand bars in the Burnett. Flathead inhabit similar areas and are always a welcome by-catch. Good numbers of bream and estuary cod have been holding close to the many rock walls. Most of the better fish have been caught on the first hour of the run-in tide.

LAKE CANIA AND LAKE BOONDOOMA
Lake Cania is always magic at this time of the year. With the cooler weather, the bass and yellowbelly tend to school up in the deeper margins of the dam. They can be caught on many different techniques from trolling hard body lures to casting blades and soft plastics through the suspended schools. The Lake Boondooma Open will be held this weekend, the 18th and 19th May. This promises to be a great weekend for the whole family and I’m sure there will be plenty of nice bass and yellowbelly weighed in.

LAKE MONDURAN
Even though the days are getting cooler there are still plenty of barramundi up to 90cm playing the game at Lake Monduran. Afternoon sessions have definitely been more productive. Most of the barra caught lately on shallow diving hard body lures or soft plastic swim baits like the Zerek 5” Flat Shads.

Report 9/5/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Well, we were lucky enough around the Bundaberg area to get a break in the weather earlier in the week allowing us to get offshore, and by all accounts everyone caught fish. The Gutters produced some quality sweetlip, coral trout, red emperor, cod and plenty of Spanish mackerel. The outer reefs and islands also fished well with plenty of red throat, coral trout and tusk fish all being caught. Some of the offshore wrecks produced some big red jew, cobia and a few Spanish mackerel.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore grounds such as Ryan’s Patch, The Two Mile, The Four Mile and the Cochrane Artificial Reef also fished well with some great captures of grass sweetlip, grunter and a few small and large mouth nannygai. There were also a few school mackerel and bluefin tuna about with most pelagics being caught by trolling lures.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The trusty old Burnett still continues to produce some quality fishing. There is a good number of blue salmon about with a few king mixed in with them. Soft vibe lures seem to be doing the trick. All the rock walls are holding good numbers of big bream with lightly weighted soft plastics doing the damage. Most of the sand bars have plenty of flathead and whiting on them with the first of the making tide being best. There has been some quality jacks caught in the deeper holes with live prawns or mullet working best. There is plenty of crabs about with a good number of prawns about as well.

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
Both the Kolan and Burnett systems have fished well for weeks, with plenty of mangrove jack being caught on the rock bars. Some of the deeper holes have seen some big grunter and cod with live-baiting being best. There is plenty of whiting and flathead on the sand flats and a few big sickle fish mixed in with them. With some recent local rain run-off there has been a few mud crabs about, so this weekend might be worth a trip with the crab pots.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
Most of the action has been around the Elliott River mouth with plenty of dart, flathead and whiting being caught. The run-in tide seems to be best.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran fished very well again over the weekend. A few fish around 90cm were caught, which is a great sign – they will be beast one metre plus barra before we know it!! Fishing the afternoons has again been the stand out bite time and the lure of the week has been the 5” Zerek Flat Shads.

Report 2/5/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The forecast for the Bundaberg area for Saturday is looking perfect at this point in time, but as always, check the latest forecast before heading out. With the bigger tides there should be some awesome fishing in the shallows. Drifting over shallow patches with small weighted ball sinkers is a deadly way to smack the red throat emperor and coral trout. Concentrate on the tops and bottoms of the tides when chasing the reds in the deeper water. When targeting these species, I have been using Elkat ganged hooks for over a year now and they sure seem to give you good results.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs should be firing this weekend! It’s that time of year when all the bait comes in close and all the big Spanish mackerel come in and let loose. Fishing with lightly weighted pilchards and a live bait floated out the back is by far the most effective technique. Don’t forget to vertically pull Flasha spoons off the bottom because there are plenty of schoolies getting around. It will also be well worth doing some bottom fishing because there are some trophy sized grunter and good-sized squire getting around.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been fishing well as always. A few guys are getting into some late season barramundi. Fishing the rock bars with soft vibes towards the middle of the day when the water is at its hottest has been the standout bite time. Also, there has been some cracker bream being caught! Fishing in the Town Reach with Z-Man Grubz or anchoring up and fishing with prawns on the change of tide has been the go. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because they will be on the move with the new moon tides

THE KOLAN RIVER AND BAFFLE CREEK
The Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been producing the goods. There has been some awesome-sized mangrove jack being caught in both systems. Fishing the outgoing tides with 3” Z-Man and 4” Z-Man plastics has been the way to go. Also, live-baiting has been smacking them too. The queenfish are still in good numbers towards the mouths so don’t forget to throw a small popper on and have a crack at them. The whiting will be on this weekend. I’d be pumping yabbies at low tide in the afternoons and fishing the incoming tide into the evening.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still fishing very well. Tim and I fished up there a couple afternoons last week and the standout lures for me were Jackall Squirrels. We got most bites fishing the timber very late in the afternoons. I found that very aggressive twitches with long pauses was the technique the barramundi were most likely to strike. I would definitely lean towards fishing the afternoons because that’s when the water temperature will be a couple degrees higher.

Report 23/4/19

I hope everyone has a fantastic break over Easter. It was awesome to see so many families out and about enjoying what the Bundaberg region has to offer. At this stage the weather is looking better than last weekend with lighter winds forecast for the local area over the coming weekend. Always check the forecast before you head out though.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett was extremely busy over Easter by all reports. It still seemed to produce the goods with some terrific fish caught. Big numbers of quality bream are still on the chew. Most of the rock walls from Burnett Heads to Kirby’s Wall are fishing very well. At this time of the year big flathead seem to inhabit similar areas and are a common by-catch with the bream fishermen casting soft plastics down the rock walls. I’ve heard a whisper that there are a few prawns around as well, and some nice mud crabs.

THE KOLAN RIVER
Miara Caravan Park is always an excellent option to camp at over the Ester period and even though it was a bit windy this year, plenty of fish and crabs were caught. Towards to mouth there were some cracking whiting, flathead and grunter caught. Further upstream the water temperature was still warm enough to tempt a few barra and mangrove jack out to play the game. Let’s hope this type of action continues over the next few weeks.

ELLIOTT RIVER AND COONARR BEACH
The shallow Elliott River system always fishes well at this time of the year. The shallow sand bars are the perfect habitat for flathead and summer whiting, and they can be caught using many different techniques. The bait fishermen have been doing well using fresh yabbies, beachworms and sprat as bait, whereas the lure fishermen have been having a ball landing heaps of fish on either Z-Man or Squidgie soft plastics. It’s still worth a look for a few mangrove jack and barra from Shark’s Nest to Fallon’s Rocks. Campers staying along Coonarr Beach over Easter also managed to catch a good feed of dart and whiting off the beach with beachworms being a stand-out bait.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran was also an excellent option to set up camp over Easter, and with movies every night, a water slide, reptile show and plenty of craft activities, it kept the whole family entertained when you weren’t out on the dam fishing for barramundi. I regard April to May as my favourite two months of the year to catch barra at Lake Monduran, as the barra seem to be more active before the water temperatures drop below 20 degrees. The average size of the barramundi caught over the weekend would have been between 60-80cm with the hot lures being the Rapala Shadow Raps, Jackall Squirrels and Lucky Craft Pointers.

Report 17/4/19

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been fishing unreal over the past week. Plenty of trophy-sized grunter and flathead have been caught. Fishing the Town Reach has been the hot spot and is one of the most protected areas out of the wind. Using soft plastics and small soft vibes have been the standout techniques. The bream have really started to chew with the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing. Small Z-Man Grubz and small baits have been doing the damage. Also, there has been some ripper barra being hooked in the deeper holes. Using live baits such as poddy mullet and throwing soft vibes is the way to go. Don’t forget to put the crab pots in for a fresh feed of Easter crabs. The full moon tides will have the crabs on the move!

BAFFLE CREEK
The Baffle has been firing on all cylinders over the past couple weeks. The numbers of awesome-sized queenfish at the mouth has been unreal to see. They are great fun to catch on light gear with all their aerial jumps and head shakes, and they are pretty tasty when eaten fresh. With the full moon tides, pumping fresh yabbies and chasing whiting, bream and flatties with the family will be an ideal way to spend your Easter. The whiting should be in good numbers this weekend. Don’t forget to chuck the cast net in the boat because you never know when those tasty prawns will turn up.

THE KOLAN RIVER
The Kolan has been the standout river for jacks and barra this week. Slow retrieving 4” Z-Man Minnowz from mangrove roots and over rock bars has been the way to go to catch those big angry jacks. Live-baiting in the deeper holes seems to be what the big lazy barra have been taking a liking to. We’ve also heard of some very good reports of crabs up there so be sure to throw your pots in. I’ve had a report from a couple of very happy customers who have caught 40cm+ whiting up there on beach worms lately.

ELLIOTT RIVER AND BURRUM RIVER
The Elliott has still been producing the goods. The standout catches down there over the past week have definitely been the dusky and sand flathead. Most have been caught on small pink soft plastics. Beaching your boat at low tide and walking the sand bars is the standout technique that I’ve found to catch good numbers of flatties. Make sure you don’t forget your cast net because there’s plenty of rumours of a few prawns down there.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still fishing very well. With the full moon falling on Friday night you’d be crazy not to give barra fishing a go over the weekend. Again, the Jackall Squirrels are your standout lures but don’t forget to throw a surface lure in the early hours of the morning. That crazy surface barra bite could make your Easter. I would definitely be fishing the shallower banks because that’s where you’re going to find the warmer water.

Report 11/4/19

With the first week of the Easter school holidays well and truly underway, it’s fantastic to see families going camping and fishing around the Bundaberg area.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
Last week’s weather forecast was slightly better than predicted with Sunday being the better day. Anglers who put in the effort around the many inshore reefs along our coastline managed to land some magic pelagic species including Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, longtail tuna and some massive queenfish. Trolling hard body lures like the Halco Laser Pro and the Classic 120 in the +10 feet along the front and around the leads has been working a treat.

THE BURNETT RIVER
As I mentioned earlier, good numbers of large queenfish have provided anglers with plenty of entertainment around the mouth of the river at Burnett Heads. Further upstream a few blue salmon have showed up around Rubyanna and the Fairymead Bend. Good numbers of bream, estuary cod, Moses perch and mangrove jack have been caught along the many rock walls in the Burnett on both fresh baits or small prawn-style soft plastics. There’s also been some nice mud crabs and sand crabs caught in the Burnett – just in time for Easter.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Well, it’s that time of year again where all the local camp grounds fil up and everyone enjoys their time close to the water. The Kolan has been fishing well and the good news is that there have been plenty of mud crabs caught over the past week, so let’s hope this continues. The water temperatures are still up, so species such as the mangrove jack and barramundi will be more aggressive towards lures and baits this Easter. Around the sand flats some cracking flathead and whiting have been caught with fresh yabbies being the key. The Baffle will also be busy over the Easter break. Queenfish and trevally have showed up towards the mouth. Quality grunter, flathead and mangrove jack have been caught further upstream.

ELLIOTT RIVER AND BURRUM RIVER
The Elliott and the Burrum systems are both fishing well. Last week there were some monster whiting caught with the bigger tides on fresh beachworms and yabbies. As it gets cooler the bigger flathead should come out to play around the many sand bars in both systems. Active populations of barra and jacks have also been smashing soft and hard body lures further up the rivers. Let’s hope this continues for the Burrum Heads Easter Classic held on the 19th to 21st of April.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran has really fired up this past week. Anglers are reporting landing up to fifteen barra a day and losing or being busted up by many more. The key is to locate the bigger populations of barra using quality side imaging units. Once located, the barra have responded well to many different techniques. Jigging soft vibes has been deadly as well as casting suspending hard body lures up the back of the windward bays. The average size of the barramundi is around 60cm-80cm. Lake Monduran Holiday Park is looking fantastic with the recent rains and would be the perfect place to set up camp for a few days over Easter.

Report 4/4/19

BUNDABERG INSHORE
At this stage, the weather forecast for the Bundaberg area isn’t looking the best for fishing out the front this weekend, but it will be well worth keeping an eye on. If we do get lucky and the weather lets us poke out, the fishing will be on fire! These cooler mornings would have really stirred up the inshore spanish mackerel. Throwing poppers, setting live baits and fast retrieving 50g Flasha spoons will be the way to chase them. Also, with the water temp dropping the snapper should start coming on the chew as well. Jigging 5” Zman plastics and 20g Samaki vibes off the bottom is an awesome technique. If you’re more into bait fishing, floating pilchards down will also get the bite.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been fishing well over the past week. With the cooler conditions the blue salmon have started to turn up. They have been taking a liking to soft vibes slowly twitched off the bottom. Chasing the blueys at the bottom of the tide is by far the best time. With the new moon being on Friday the barra should be on the chew this weekend as well. Throwing prawn imitation lures and soft vibes in the deeper holes will be the way to go. Don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because the new moon tides will get the crabs moving.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The flathead and the grunter have been ON in these systems! Small pink and pearl soft plastics have been killing it. For the flatties, heaps of guys have been beaching their boats towards the mouth and just walking the banks concentrating on the little gutters. Not to forget about the jacks and barra. Don’t forget to target these fish right on the bottom of the tide. It’s by far the hottest bite time. Also don’t forget the cast net and crab pots. There have been some awesome reports of both crabs and prawns in these systems.

ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott has been fishing really well for your awesome tasting whiting. Pumping yabbies at dead low tide and fishing the incoming tide is the way to go. I like to mix my baits up, so taking down a couple of beach worms and some prawns is never a silly idea. Also, while your rods are set out for whiting don’t forget to throw some small soft plastics either side of the boat because you never know when a big flatty or jack will be cruising past your boat.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran has still been fishing well even in these cooler conditions. For a change the later morning bite has been the go so you could even sneak in a little sleep-in. Throwing Happy Rock Softies and Jackal Squirrels around the shallow weed beds has been the go.

Report 28/3/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The offshore reefs around the Bundaberg area have been fishing amazing over the past week! Plenty of trophy-sized red emperor and coral trout have been caught. Plenty of the big bar cheek trouts have been caught around the Fifteen Mile area. Fresh flesh bait and live baits have been the standout baits to chase them. Make sure you don’t go out there without bait jigs because livies can change your day when the fishing is slow. There’s also been heaps of cobia getting around. I always have a rod combo with a 5” soft plastic rigged up and ready for the cobia that like to come up to the surface to check out your boat. Hopefully the weather plays the game for us this weekend. The small tides will be in our favour while fishing the deep.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs have fired up over the last couple week, with Spanish mackerel and one metre plus queenfish being the prize captures. Most of the Spanish are being caught on live baits and floated gar while anchored. The queenfish have mostly been caught on surface lures. The Halco Rooster poppers have been a standout popper. The schoolie mackerel have also shown up in really good numbers. Getting your bag limit in under an hour has been easy to do. Floating pilchards and fast retrieving 50g flasher spoons have been the deadly techniques.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been producing some very nice fish over the past week. Some very nice sized grunter and bream have been caught. Most of the grunter have been caught on Gulp soft plastics and soft vibing lures. The bream have taken a liking to small Zman Grubz slowly twitched off shallow rock bars. There’s also been some cracker sized mangrove jack caught over the 50cm mark. Most of these fish are being caught on paddle tail soft plastics slowly rolled off rock bars and jetties. Don’t forget to take your cast net with you because there’s still some real nice sized prawns getting around.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle and the Kolan have been fishing unreal for flatties and jacks. Most of these fish have been caught on the smaller profile soft plastics such as the 3” Zman Minnowz. The start of the out-going tide early in the mornings this weekend will be the ideal time to target them. There’s also some trophy-sized barra roaming around the deeper holes so don’t forget to throw some 20g Samaki Vibes or some big livies down to try your luck. Don’t forget to throw your crab pots in because there’s been reports of some cracker muddies being caught.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran again fished very well over the weekend. Of course, the early mornings and late afternoons are the hot bite times. Jackal Squirrels and 4” soft plastics have been the standout lures to get the bite. Also, if you want to mix it up and do some surface fishing the Zman Pop Shads are ideal for the job. It’s hard to beat a surface strike to start your morning off!

Report 21/3/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Once again the weather forecast for the Bundaberg area for this weekend is looking fantastic. We all can’t remember such a good run of weather around the local area in ages. Most of the boats took advantage of the flat conditions last weekend and fished around the islands off Bundaberg and 1770. By all reports most boats managed to capture the bag limit of reef species including coral trout, sweetlip, nannygai, parrot and hussar. Let’s hope the fishing is as good offshore this weekend.

BUNDABERG INSHORE

With the good weather, heaps of smaller boats had a ball fishing all the inshore reefs along our magical coastline. Areas such as the Two Mile, Ryan’s and the Cochrane Artificial Reef all produced a mixed bag of grunter, sweetlip and some small mouth nannygai. Also, there were massive schools of tuna, school and Spanish mackerel on all the popular marks during the past week. One of the easier ways to target these speedsters is by trolling large hard body lures such as the Halco Laser Pro. These are awesome lures that troll really well at high speed.

THE BURNETT RIVER

My son and I had a quick fish on the Burnett last Sunday morning. We could not believe the amount of quality bream on most of the rock walls in this awesome river. Two of the soft plastics that worked extremely well fishing the rock walls were the Squidgy Prawns and the Zman 2.5” Grubz rigged on lightly weighted TT jig heads. The Across the Waves Fishing Club had an outing on the Burnett last Sunday also, and the quality and size of the fish weighed in was impressive. If things continue like this it’s set up to be an awesome bream season around the Bundaberg area.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER

Both the Baffle and Kolan systems have continued to fish well this week and with the bigger tides this weekend due to the full moon on Thursday, the fish and crabs should be on the job. Both of these and most of the river systems around Bundaberg are holding a fair population of good sized river prawns and with a bit of effort cast-netting, most people are getting a good feed.

LAKE MONDURAN

Now is a prime time to target the barramundi at Lake Monduran. It’s fantastic to see this world-class fishery that is so close to Bundaberg doing so well. The average barra caught has been between 60cm and 80cm and the red-hot lures have been the Lucky Craft Pointers and Jackall Squirrels. Let’s hope the good weather continues so we can all spend more time out there on the water.

Report 14/3/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
WOW!! How good was it to see a good run of calm offshore weather around the Bundaberg region during the past week? With not a car park left at the Burnett Heads boat ramp, this meant that a lot of boats had the chance to head well offshore, and by all reports everyone caught fish. The islands from here to 1770 all produced some quality coral trout, red throat, tusk fish and some cracking red emperor. The gutters also produced some great fishing with some big grass sweetlip, smallmouth nannygai and some big coral trout. Live bait seemed to be the go out on the gutters. There was also some big cobia and Spanish mackerel caught by trolling lures and gar as dead baits.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The Cochrane Artificial, Ryan’s and the Two Mile all fished well and with such good weather, this allowed a lot of the tinnies to get out there. Plenty of fish were caught with grass sweetlip, grunter and some smallmouth nannygai all reported. There was heaps of Spanish and school mackerel caught. Live baits or high-speed spinning with chromed lures was also a deadly method. Hopefully it won’t be long and we should see a run of snapper hit these inshore reefs.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Bream seem to be the talk of the Burnett with heaps of good quality bream being caught. The rocky areas seem to be the ones to target. Most of the bream have been caught on lures and soft plastics such as the Berkley Gulp range and small crab imitations such as the Crusty Crabs have been deadly. There is also plenty of barred and spotted grunter about, so it would be well worth using bigger baits. There are plenty of whiting and flathead on the flats and a few jacks in the deeper holes. There is still a scattering of prawns about and it would be well worth your while.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Both the Baffle and the Kolan systems continue to fish well with some great jack fishing to be had. Jack to 50cm have been common and most have been caught on lures with soft plastics by Happy Rock Softies being hot favourites. There are heaps of whiting and flathead out the front of Miara with the first of the making tide being best. These systems also have a run of prawns and crabs, so get out and into them.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran fishing is red hot with sessions of up to twenty-plus barra being caught, including barra to 85cm. Most of the prominent points have held the barra, and the key is to hold back off the weedy points and cast along the weed edge. Reidy’s B52 and Castaic soft plastics have been the go to lures for the Monduran barra lately.

Report 7/3/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
It was fantastic to see a small break in the windy conditions around the Bundaberg area during this past week. For some reef fishermen it has been months between outings, but this weekend and the first few days of next week are looking good to get out offshore and re-stock the freezers. With no one being able to fish the wider reefs for ages, the coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip and mackerel should be well and truly on the chew.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
With the slightly better conditions forecast over the next few days, the inshore reefs will be a good option for the smaller trailer boats in Bundaberg. At this time of the year the school and Spanish mackerel come in thick right along our coast line. Some quality grunter over 60cm and grass sweetlip should also be in good numbers on all of the popular way-points off Bundaberg, but as always, check your local forecast prior to heading out as weather conditions can change quickly.

THE BURNETT RIVER
Most of the action in the Burnett River over the past week has been from anglers prawning. Good numbers of prawns have been caught right throughout the Burnett from the Port right up to Splitters Creek. Some quality mud crabs have also been caught, so putting in a few pots this weekend would be a great idea. With all the bait in the Burnett, bigger fish haven’t been too far away. Already we’re seeing some really nice bream showing up as well as a heap of flathead and grunter keeping anglers entertained in this awesome river.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The boys who were up the Baffle last weekend reported that the fishing was a little slow, but the crabbing was on fire with some top quality bucks caught. They also managed to pick up a feed of prawns in the cast net. The fishing has been better in the Kolan with some cracker flathead and grunter caught towards the mouth, and still some nice mangrove jack, bream and the odd barramundi being hooked in the upper reaches. People staying at the Miara Caravan Park have also reported a good run of crabs in the Kolan.

LAKE MONDURAN
Even though the water level in this awesome impoundment is dropping around 15cm a week, most anglers are managing to hook up to ten barra between 50cm and 80cm per session. Good numbers of barra seem to be all over this impoundment. A quality side-imaging unit like the new Mega Plus Helix will make the job of locating the schools of barra a lot easier. The hot lures that have been working well are the Lucky Craft Pointers and the Zerek Flat Shads. Before you head up to Lake Monduran, drop in store and the boys will pin-point some hot spots on the lake to increase your chances of hooking one of these fantastic sports fish.

Report 27/2/19

BURNETT RIVER
The trusty old Burnett River keeps producing some quality fishing. There has still been a good number of big grunter about and plenty of cod and mangrove jacks being caught along the rock walls by live-baiting or using weedless rigged soft plastics, with Zerek Live Cherabins being a standout. Some of the sand flats have produced some quality sand whiting and some nice flathead. The first of the making tide seems to be the time to fish the flats. Some of the rocky holes have seen a few big mangrove jacks and barramundi. Live prawns or poddy mullet have been the baits of choice. There are still some small prawns about with the top or bottom of the tides being best.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Both the Baffle and the Kolan systems are also fishing well, with some big grunter, mangrove jack and an odd barra all being caught. There is also a good number of big bream about. The rocky areas seems to be the places to target and fresh baits are best. Most of the sand flats have also produced some large whiting, flathead and some large sole/flounder. Rumour has it that there are still some crabs moving about the system so this will be well worth a go.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
There is a good number of dart and whiting to be caught down at the mouth of the Elliott. Making tides using fresh worms or yabbies is the way to go. The Black Bank and Shark’s Nest have produced a few mangrove jacks and a few cod. Further upstream has seen some nice bream and some nice flathead. There are heaps of prawns about also, and it will be well worth your while to have a go as they are sweet and tasty.

LAKE MONDURAN
The Monduran barra continue to chew their heads off with up to fifteen barramundi being caught per session. The key is to fish the wind-blown points in the dam. Most of the barra have been caught using small diving lures such as the Jackall Squirrels, Zerek Tango Shads and Lucky Craft Pointers. The barra are currently in the 60cm to 80cm size range and at this size they are great fun to catch!

Report 19/2/19

BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been fishing awesome with plenty of cracker grunter and flathead being caught! The standout way to target them has been throwing 10g and 20g Samaki soft vibes over gravel beds and shallow sand bars. There has also been plenty of good sized mangrove jacks caught on the shallow rock bars at low tide. Flicking small prawn soft plastics and 3” Zman Minnowz has been the standout techniques. There’s also been talk of some good numbers of crabs and prawns getting around. Remember prawning at the bottom of the tide is the prime time.

BAFFLE CREEK
The Baffle has been fishing really well for your bream and whiting! With the high tide at midday this weekend it’ll give you a chance to pump fresh yabbies early in the morning. Most whiting are being caught up around the Winfield area so that would be a great place to start. Throwing small poppers for them over very shallow sand bars has also proven to be an extremely effective technique, resulting in a fun way to get a feed. Some stonker bream have been caught all through the system. A great place to start fishing for them is in rocky areas, using as small as possible weight on your soft plastic or bait is really important. Also, don’t forget to throw the crab pots in; the Baffle has been crabbing unreal the past few months.

KOLAN RIVER
The Kolan has been the standout river for your barra and jacks over the past couple of weeks! There has been reports of barra being landed near the magic metre mark. Most of these fish have been caught on 20g soft vibes, prawning imitation plastics and big live baits. Fishing the last hour of the incoming and the first hour of the outgoing tide has been the hot bite time. Most of the Jack have been falling for Jackal Squirrels and Lucky Craft hard-bodies slowly twitched off rock bars and heavy mangrove structure. Don’t forget to take a lighter rod because there’s also been some cracker grunter and flathead being caught there as well!

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott has been fishing unreal for your whiting and jacks! Again, fresh yabbies is your killer bait! Don’t forget to take a few beach worms to mix up your baits. The jacks seem to be all fired up in the upper reaches. Small paddle tail plastics and small prawn plastics has been the only way to chase them! With the low tide early in the morning it’s always fun to throw 10g Samaki vibes over the shallow sand bars for flatty’s. It’s a great way to fill in time while waiting for the tide to come in to get up the back of the river. Don’t forget to throw some crab pots in because there’s been some cracking sized crabs caught up there in the past couple of months.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran had some cracking days later last week! Some lucky anglers boated up to 20 barra for the morning session! With the southerly winds forecast for this weekend you really are going to have to make the most out of the bite times. Early morning and late afternoons are of course your best, but also keep in mind the midday tide change. Monduran isn’t tidal, but with the wind changes the tides can make all the difference. Your Jackal Squirrels and Lucky Craft Pointers have been the standout lures but don’t forget to try jigging a vibe off the bottom if the fish are straight underneath the boat or in shut down mode.

Report 15/2/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
With some nice weather around the Bundaberg area earlier in the week, it was fantastic to see quite a few large boats gear up and head out to the reefs. By all reports the anglers who put in the effort were well rewarded with some nice mixed bags of coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip, cod and parrot.

BUNDABERG INSHORE
Once again, the inshore reefs off Bundaberg have been producing the goods this past week. With the smaller tides the water was crystal clear and the mackerel were well and truly on the chew. A few bigger spanish mackerel have also been caught on the shallow reefs off Bundaberg. Fresh garfish and yellowtail rigged on gang hooks lightly weighted and floated out behind the boat is always a great option whilst bottom fishing.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett has been alive this past week! The size of some of the mangrove jack caught out of the Burnett has been impressive. Most of the rock walls and rock bars have had good populations of jack with anglers either live-baiting with poddy mullet, sprat or fresh prawns. Casting soft plastics or vibes around the rocky structures has also been working well. Flathead have also been caught in good numbers. One of my favourite soft plastics for targeting both flathead and grunter has been the 4” Gulp Nemesis rigged n a ¼ ounce jighead and fished close to the bottom.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
With both the Baffle and the Kolan systems fishing as good as they ever have over the past couple of weeks, it’s exciting to see so many mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, bream, grunter and whiting being caught from both of these healthy estuaries. The word is that there were a few prawns around as well as some nice muddies being caught this past week.

LAKE MONDURAN
With a little bit of wind around this weekend, Lake Monduran would be a top option to wet a line. There are so many sheltered, out of the wind bays all over the dam in which to fish for barramundi. With the full moon next Wednesday night this weekend will be a prime time to target these fantastic sportfish. One of the guides on the dam reported landing over 50 barramundi last weekend, with the biggest close to 80cm. Most of these fish were caught using Jackall Squirrels and Lucky Craft Pointers.

Report 7/2/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
The offshore forecast for the Bundaberg area could go either way this weekend, so keep an eye on it and check the latest updates before heading out. The new moon was earlier this week and we are on the building moon so the fishing should be pretty hot out there. Targeting red emperor and coral trout in the deeper water should be exciting. Remember to target them on the tops and bottoms of the tides as there is very little run and these are the hottest bite times and the easiest time to fish. The shallow edges of the reefs should be full of trout and red throat emperor as well so don’t forget your 5” Z-man Jerk Shadz. They are deadly plastics to use out there!!

BUNDABERG INSHORE
The inshore reefs should be firing this weekend! The water is crystal clear so the mackerel should be chewing their heads off. Throwing Flasha spoons and floating pilchards behind the boat is a deadly way to target them. For the spanish, a floating gar behind the boat on a set of 7/0 gang hooks is an easy and effective way to catch them. There’s still been good reports of stonker grunter being caught. They are mostly being caught on prawns and Gulp soft plastics in the early mornings and late afternoons.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett is still fishing very well. There’s been plenty of reports of mangrove jacks, flathead, bream and whiting being caught. Most of the jacks are being caught on 4” Z-man Swimmerz rigged on 5/0 Headlockz jigheads. Slow rolling these plastics over rocks bars is a very effective way to get the attention of the jacks and barra! The flatties have been taking a liking to 3.5” Z-man Curly Tailz slowly jigged off the bottom with around 10lb fluorocarbon leader. With the barra season now open, throwing 20g vibes in the deep holes on the tops and bottoms of the tides will be well worth a go! Don’t forget to put Pro-Cure on your vibes to increase your chances. The Mullet Super Gel is my favourite.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle and the Kolan are both still firing! Plenty of jacks and cracker grunter have been caught! They seem to be eating most aggressively on prawns so the Zerek Cherabin has been the stand out lure. Slow-jumping these prawns out of snags and rock bars is as fun as it gets. Most people are using 30lb fluoro carbon as leaders. There’s also been plenty of flatties being caught. The Samaki 10g vibe has been my favourite flatty lure up there lately. The crabbing has also been awesome the past couple weeks. Keeping fresh baits in your pots at all times surely increases your chances. With the midday high tides you won’t even have to get out of bed early to check your pots.

THE ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott has been fishing unreal for whiting! The first of the incoming tide has been the hottest bite time. Fishing with fresh yabbies and beach worms will be again the standout way to catch them. There’s also been good captures of flatties mostly being caught at low tide. Walking the sand bars is by far the easiest way to fish the little gutters. Not to forget about the jacks! There’s been plenty caught with livies and smaller sized paddle tail soft plastics. Don’t forget to chuck the crab pots in! There’s plenty of chocolate crabs in the tight little creeks.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still firing on all cylinders! Plenty of barra are still being caught! The first light early in the mornings is still the standout bite time. Twitching Jackall and Rapala lures out of timber and weed beds is an effective and exciting way to chase them. Remember to put Pro-Cure gel on your lures – I find it gives you the extra edge and gives me confidence every time.

Report 31/1/19

How good is it to live in this part of Australia at this time of the year? I’m sure everyone enjoyed their Australia Day celebrations, and it was great to see so many anglers around the Bundaberg area out wetting a line last weekend.

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Finally, there was a small window in the weather for a few of the larger boats to head out to the islands and reefs last weekend. Whilst the conditions weren’t fantastic, anglers who braved the conditions managed to land a good mixed bag of reef fish including coral trout, hussar, parrot and sweetlip. Once again there has been quite a few Spanish mackerel and cobia caught this past week. Trolling larger hard body lures that dive between 2 and 4 metres, such as the Xraps and Halco Laser Pro, has been working a treat.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The good news for all the local barra fishermen is that it’s open season starting at midday on Friday, 1st February in all our local rivers, creeks and impoundments. Other species that have been on the chew in the Burnett include big grunter, flathead, whiting and some cracking bream for this time of the year. Towards the mouth there has been quite a few queenfish and trevally willing to eat small plastics and metal lures, providing plenty of entertainment. There are still a few mud crabs and prawns around in the Burnett, so it will be well worth chasing both this weekend.

WOODGATE AND THE BURRUM RIVER
We don’t hear a lot of reports from down towards Woodgate and the Burrum, but I have heard of some nice whiting and dart caught along the beach at Woodgate. Now the barra season is open, systems like the Burrum, Gregory and Isis will be well and truly worth a look for both barra and mangrove jack. Just take care navigating through these areas due to the many sand and rock bars. Towards the mouth at Burrum Heads should hold some nice grunter and barramundi in the deeper channels and plenty of flathead and whiting around the sand bars with fresh yabbies and sand worms being the best baits.

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
Both the Baffle and Kolan systems were busy over the Australia Day long weekend and by the sounds of it, there were plenty of fish and crabs caught in both. Flathead and whiting were the main species caught towards the mouth whereas mangrove jack up to 54cm have been caught in good numbers towards the top of the Baffle and Kolan. A stand-out lure last weekend for the jacks was the good old Tilsan Barra 80mm.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran was another extremely popular destination over the long weekend and it was fantastic to see so many anglers on the water. There are good numbers of barra all over the dam at the moment from Bird Bay, Section “B”, the Rainforest and up towards Walily Creek. Stand-out lures were Rapala X Raps, Strada Tera 12s and Jackall Squirrels. With the amount of barra between 50-85cm caught last weekend, the future is looking bright for Lake Monduran.

Report 17/1/19

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE
Ok, so the offshore forecast for the Bundaberg area is a bit on edge, so make sure you look at the updated forecast before heading out wide. However, with the full moon being early next week the fishing should be awesome! The coral trout should be ON in the shallows. High tide is around 7.00am so that should be a hot bite time. Pilchards and fresh flesh baits are always the standout baits to use. The red emperor should be chewing and again, make sure you fish on top of that tide because you’ll experience some run on either side of the tide with the big full moon tides. Keep in mind the afternoon tides are much smaller, which will make the deeper fishing easier.

INSHORE REEFS
It looks like we are finally going to get some weather good enough to fish the inshore reefs! There should be plenty of mackerel action all up the coast with the full moon being in our favour. Fast-retrieving 35g and 50g Flasha spoons off the bottom is one of the most exciting and effective ways to catch the schoolie and spotted mackerel. Another deadly way to catch them is using lightly weighted pilchards out the back of your boat. Try to stay away from using a wire trace. Using 60lb Fluoro Carbon is plenty. Also, there should be some big spanish mackerel roaming around so don’t forget to put out a floated live bait. There’s also been reports of some stonker grunter being caught, so don’t forget to jig some Gulp soft plastics and Samaki 20g vibes off the bottom.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett is still firing on all cylinders! There’s been awesome numbers of flathead, mangrove jacks, bream and whiting. The flatties have been taking a liking to 5” Gulp Jerkshads and soft vibes with the Samaki Vibelicious being the standout. Most of the Jack are being caught on the trusty old 4” Zman Swimmerz and 4” Zman Minnowz being slow-rolled over rock bars. The size of the bream in the town reach at the moment is outstanding! Most of them are being caught on 2” Zman Grubz plastics and small prawns. There’s also been some cracker summer whiting caught in the Burnett. Fishing the incoming tide with beach worms, prawns and fresh yabbies is an effective way to catch them. Also, don’t forget to throw the crab pots in because the crabs should be on!

BAFFLE CREEK AND THE KOLAN RIVER
The Baffle and the Kolan are still fishing well. The mangrove jack and jewfish are the stand outs for this week. The jew have been taking a liking to 20g soft vibes and live baits. They have been schooling up in the deeper holes and biting on the tops and bottoms of the tides. The jacks are still smacking the smaller bait fish so all your smaller plastics and hard bodies will be the go. The 78XD Lucky Craft Pointers have been the standout lure. There’s also been reports of some donkey grunter being caught, so don’t forget to target them! The crabbing has also been firing in these systems so don’t forget to put the pots in!

ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliot has been fishing red hot for summer whiting over the past week! I’d be aiming to go down for the afternoon incoming tide. Beach worms, prawns and yabbies will be again your deadly bait. With the afternoon tides being smaller you can get away with using a lightly weighted sinker. It also would be well worth a fish for a jack after the change tide. Mullet fillets and livies will be the baits you’ll want to use.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran is still fishing very well! With the dam water level dropping a little over the past week, some new structure is being shown. The stand out lure for me last weekend was the Rapala Shadow Rap. Twitching them hard against shallow weed beds got the barra bite for me. With the full moon approaching the barra should really fire up. It’s important to get there nice and early in the mornings with these hot days we are experiencing. Most fish are being caught before 8am.

Report 10/1/19

Firstly, I hope everyone has had a good break over the Christmas/New Year period, recharged your batteries and are looking forward to a bigger and better 2019, both on and off the water. Unfortunately the forecast for the Bundaberg area is looking pretty windy along the coast for the next few days, but as always, check the latest forecast before heading out. Fishing may be restricted to the local rivers and impoundments, but these can provide some awesome fishing.

THE BURNETT RIVER
The Burnett River is looking very healthy at the moment with heaps of small prawns and bait fish right throughout this system. Some cracking bream, flathead, grunter and mangrove jack have been keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays with some of the most productive areas being Fairymead Bend, Kirby’s Wall, the Town Reach and the sand bars up towards Splitter’s Creek.

BAFFLE CREEK
Once again, very similar to the Burnett with lots of small prawns and bait fish flicking around. The upper reaches of the Baffle are still producing some exceptional mangrove jack fishing, both with baits and soft plastics as well as hard bodies. Just take care as you venture further up this fantastic system due to the many submerged rock bars and snags. Down towards the mouth, anglers have been hooking into some excellent flathead and whiting with fresh yabbies working a treat.

KOLAN RIVER
The Kolan River has been fishing very well, with a few mangrove jacks being caught down in the lower reaches. Visitors who have been fishing this area while here on holidays have reported catching some cracker jacks, making their fishing trips very successful indeed.

LAKE CANIA
Last weekend I did a quick run over to Cania Dam for a fish and to check out this magic part of the world once again. After checking into the Big 4 Cania Holiday Park, we hit the water landing some nice Australian bass to 49cm and a couple of saratoga top 62cm. These were all caught on Bassman Spinnerbaits cast around the timber-lined bays about half-way up the dam. Next morning, we managed to land a few bass on surface lures, then a few more on Spinnerbaits once the day warmed up. This impoundment is currently sitting around 85% so there’s plenty of water for everyone to get out there and have a good time.

LAKE MONDURAN
Monduran is still my favourite location to fish for barramundi. My son and I fished Lake Monduran on Thursday last week. For the day we landed nine barra including an 82cm and a 77cm fish. The hot lures that worked for us were the Strada Tera 125, Storm Thunder Barra and Rapala X-Raps. It’s great to see that so many barra between 50cm and 85cm are being caught all over this impoundment.

Report 3/1/19

THE BURNETT RIVER
The fishing in the Bundaberg area has been hot over the past week again – and the Burnett River has been no exception! The trophy sized mangrove jacks are still on the chew! Slow-rolling Lucky Craft Pointers across the rock bars has been the standout technique. There’s also been some outstanding sized bream being caught. They are being caught on 2.5” Zman Grubz with a lightly weighted jighead, and the kids have been smashing them on small baits on the tops and bottoms of the tides. With the new moon tides this weekend, the mud crabs should be ON again so make sure you make the most out of that! There’s also been rumours of the prawns showing up, so don’t forget your cast net if you go on the water. Low tide is always best.

BAFFLE CREEK AND KOLAN RIVER
Both the Baffle and the Kolan systems are still fishing very well, with the mangrove jack still the standout fish. They seem to be eating smaller bait fish so your 3” Zman Minnowz is the plastic to use! Slow-rolling these plastics is a deadly way to have a cracker of a jack session. With the new moon, the summer whiting should be in awesome numbers. Fishing with fresh yabbies and beach worms is by far the most effective way to target them. There’s also been plenty of queenfish chopping up at the mouth so throwing medium sized Halco Poppers around the bait could get exciting! Definitely don’t forget about throwing in the crab pots because there’s been plenty of reports of nice chocolate mud crabs coming out of these systems!

ELLIOTT RIVER
The Elliott should be fishing awesome this weekend for summer whiting. The afternoon incoming tide looks good to me. With the smaller afternoon tides I’d be fishing with a lightly weighted sinker with fresh yabbies on a Mustad size 6 longshank hook. The jacks should be firing up the backs of the creeks too. Using small sized hard body lures and soft plastics will be the go. Fishing with livies on the change of the tides will be well worth a go as well. Don’t forget to take your cast net down because you never know when those prawns will show up in the mouths of all the small creeks.

LAKE MONDURAN
Lake Monduran surely is the place to be at the moment!! I was lucky enough to fish there last weekend. The standout lures for Timmy and I were your Jackal Squirrels and Lucky Craft pointers. We pulled barra out of every area we fished. The standout technique was throwing your lure hard against the timber/weed and giving it a couple aggressive twitches, then giving it a very long pause. Of course, fishing the bays and points into which the wind is blowing is a great place to start. Getting on the water early for the first light bite will improve your chances a lot as well.
Mitch Beyer

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