Bundaberg weekly fishing report
Andrew Gatt with a cracking 1.13kg bream caught in the Burnett River.

Bundaberg – weekly report

I hope everyone got out for a fish last weekend and had a crack at the VMR Family Fishing Classic competition. With the prizes on offer, it would have been worth your while having a go. There were some great catches at the weigh-in tables with a 6.2kg snapper, 7.3kg coral trout and a 26.9kg cobia. Bundaberg weekly fishing report


Bundaberg weekly fishing report
Jamie Hanks with a nice longtail tuna.



Still plenty on offer with lots of school mackerel taking a liking to metal flasher lures that are cast out and left to sink to the bottom and crank them back as though your next meal depends on it. Let’s face it, a fresh feed of mackerel beats going to the fish and chip shop with your partner rubbing it in about having to pay for fish. I’ve heard that snapper have been on the chew late in the afternoon on the inshore reefs and some big cobia have been stretching people’s arms and equipment to the limit out wide on the wrecks. All the usual suspects are still on the chew out wide from trout and red emperor to big spanish and everything in between. Bundaberg weekly fishing report


Bundaberg weekly fishing report
Andrew Chappell with a pair of solid golden trevally.



At this time of year, bream are schooling up getting ready for the love season and trying to pack on as much size as possible, and the females will be full of row. That being said, the Burnett River has been producing some monster bream, with sizes averaging 40-45cm and in good numbers. It has been slow on winter whiting but they shouldn’t be far off, so dust off your old faithful and have a crack this weekend. And it’s the best time of year to target flathead. I find they try to warm up in the morning in the shallow water along the edge of the river and if the tide is up, they will be in the shallows over the sand banks and yabby beds having a feed. Grunter – whether it be the smaller spotted grunter minimum size 30cm or the barred grunter minimum size 40cm – fall under a javelin species and are not a bream species. Though they love a well-presented bait, they also love a soft plastic lure slowly twitched along the rock walls and sand banks with the 10g Samaki Vibelicious or a you-beaut Z-Man 3” minnow. Bundaberg weekly fishing report


Bundaberg weekly fishing report



With the cold days, Lake Monduran has been best fished in the afternoon, once the water has had the sun on it. I find hard-bodies, such as a Jackall Squirrel, are best at this time of year worked in the warmer bays and points leading in to those bays, so you can suspend it in their face and get that aggressive territorial bite. Lake Gregory Boat Ramp has been closed for maintenance and best fished by a kayak at this stage, with a few bass being caught every session. Bundaberg weekly fishing report

That’s all folks, stay safe on the water and be mindful of your fellow fishers.

Josh Mortenson
Tackle World Bundaberg

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