Mitchell Ethell & Matthew Smith with Mitchell’s first ever barra (Lake Monduran).

Action-packed weekend around Bundaberg

Corey Torres – barra he caught recently.
Kahn Ashmore – biggest junior barra at the Lake Monduran Comp.

What an action-packed weekend it was around the Bundaberg region.  We were fortunate to have some fantastic weather and by all reports, plenty of trophy fish were caught.


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 till 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.


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.


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.


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


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 www.goldenbarra.com.au


Fish with confidence

Dale Smith

Tackle World Bundaberg

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