Monduran barra
Troy Jonas with a health Monduran barra.

Bundaberg fishing report

Red emperor
Rodger Cowell with a brace of red emperor measuring 62cm, and 65cm – caught, off Burnett Heads.


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 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.

Mud crabs

Pierce Jeffrey and Mitch Beyer nailed these mud crabs after the rain.


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.


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.

Till next time
Keep it real
Mitch Beyer

Tackle World Bundaberg
22 Quay Street
Ph: 07 41534747

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