red emperor best catches
Jay Balazs with the cracker red emperor he caught off Burnett heads recently.

Best catches include red emperor off Bundaberg

Nelson Phillips with the two bass he caught at Lake Gregory recently.


With the weather around the Bundaberg area being a bit up and down over the past week, Saturday is looking like the best day for the weekend. There have been good reports of fish with red emperor, coral trout and grass sweetlip the best catches. As always, make sure to check the latest weather report before heading out.


For the smaller boats that want to get out the front, there are reports of schoolie mackerel being all along the coast.  Casting Flasha lures with a quick retrieve is getting the most rewards.  Snapper and large size grunter have been caught on the inshore reefs and using squid or pilchards will certainly get you a feed.  If you’re wanting to cast a lure, the Samaki Vibe and 5” Flick Bait have been the most popular.  The winter whiting have finally started schooling at the mouth of the Burnett River and at Burrum Heads.  If you want to get a good feed of the best eating fish in the ocean, try your luck in these areas. red emperor best catches


With the temperatures starting to get cooler, the blue salmon and bream are starting to move further up the Burnett ready to spawn.  There are good reports of blue salmon being caught through the Town Reach and around the bridges.  Casting soft vibes and blades has been picking up most fish.  The bream in the river are only going to get bigger and fatter with fish roeing up and ready to feed.  Mullet gut, chook gut, prawns, mullet strips and bonito are just a few baits that bream like.  If you’re wanting to cast a lure, the 3” to 4” curl-tail soft plastic is a favourite.


The Baffle and the Kolan are two systems that are producing quality flathead and good sized whiting.  Using larger baits like whole sprat, white bait or hardy heads has been producing the larger fish.  If wanting to cast a lure the 3” to 5” soft plastics have been a good option.  Using fresh prawns, yabbies and beach worms on the incoming tides over the sand flats should get you a feed of large whiting.


With the water level dropping and the pressure of fishing, the fish have been a little scattered.  Once you find a school, cast out over the top and let it sink to the bottom then slow retrieve back to the boat.  This should pick you up a few fish.  Soft plastics and Jackall TN60s have been the stand-out lures.


With the weather being as cold and windy as it has been, Lake Monduran is still producing good sized barra with three fish at a metre each being caught over the past two weeks.  Find those key areas to fish, like wind-blown points and the back of bays.  Suspending lures like the B52s, Jackall Squirrels and RMGF Scorpions are a few lures that have been doing the damage.

Till next time

Keep on casting

Shane Anderson

Tackle World Bundaberg

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