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Nate Porter with a nice bream caught in Baffle Creek.

Bundaberg – weekly report

BUNDABERG OFFSHORE & INSHORE Bundaberg weekly fishing report

For the anglers wanting to head out this weekend, I would definitely be keeping a close eye on the weather report in case the wind drops off because it is looking a little blowy at the moment. If we do get a nice little window of opportunity, it’s a great time to head offshore while the rivers are running fresh. If bottom bashing is your thing, red emperor, nannygai and big trout have been on the chew, and jigging up fresh yakka has been the go while they’re around in numbers. If the wind sticks around, the inshore reefs might be your only option to get out. But don’t let that deter you as there has been some great pelagic action happening all along our coast. Looking out for birds working is a dead giveaway of a bait ball and warrants a few casts because tuna, trevally and queenfish are likely to be not too far away. Drifting shallow reefs while flicking plastics and vibes is a great way to cover ground and pick up coral trout and sweetlip. As always, make sure to check the latest weather reports before heading out. Bundaberg weekly fishing report


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Ben Wilson with a 59cm trout caught off the Elliott Heads coastline.



With all of these systems getting pumped with freshwater this week, the fishing will be a little tough. But those who put in the effort can still find some quality fish by taking advantage of this dirty water. Fishing towards the mouth of these systems and then upstream as the tide rises is going to be a great way to start as the cleaner saltwater flows into the river. Using a large profiled lure in a dark colour cast at structure at the mouth of all of these systems is going to give you a good chance of catching a range of species. Be sure to drop the pots in too as all of these systems have already shown great numbers of large bucks being caught – placing your pots in deeper channels out the front of small inlets is a great way to get a feed. Bundaberg weekly fishing report


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Brayden Charteris with a solid grunter caught in the Burnett River.


ELLIOT RIVER Bundaberg weekly fishing report

With the other local rivers running fresh, the Elliott River will be a great place to fish because it’s a much smaller system, so resulting in far less run-off. Fishing the sand flats and drop-offs near the mouth of the river is an awesome way to catch a feed of bream, whiting and flathead. Drifting freshly pumped yabbies or flicking small soft plastics and hard-body lures is deadly. Dropping the pots in is also a great idea as this river system has been producing plenty of bucks.



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Jobert Rolloque with a cracking 73cm flathead. Congratulations Jobert! You are our Catch of the Week winner! Call in to the store to collect your $50 gift card.


Fishing our local beaches while the rivers are running fresh is going to be a super fun way to mix things up and catch a feed. Moore Park and Elliott Heads beaches, and even Coonarr Beach, are great places to get away from all the fresh. Looking for deep gutters in close with a clear entry and exit is a good start. Throwing well-presented beachworms and yabbies into the gutter should result in a range of common species such as dart, bream, whiting, trevally and flathead to name a few.


Though Lake Monduran is spilling, it doesn’t appear that we are losing any barramundi at this point. I would focus on fishing into the backs of bays in the afternoon while the water is at its warmest. Using hard-bodies or big paddle tail soft plastics fished along wind-blown points and implementing plenty of pauses is a great way to put your lure in the strike zone and keep it there. Lots of the rat barra have been tight in the structure, so shallow diving hard-bodies and lighter-weighted plastics are ideal for getting your lure right in front of their face. Lake Gregory has been fishing very well as of late and using your electronics to sound up schools of bass helps, but definitely isn’t a must. Using small paddle tail soft plastics hopped through these schools has been killer. Covering ground when you don’t have a sounder is key. Once you get a fish, have a few extra casts in that area because more bass are likely ready to feed. Bundaberg weekly fishing report

Until next time, get the dogs.

Corey Hanks
Tackle World Bundaberg

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