Shane James with a 98cm barramundi from Lake Monduran.

Bundaberg – weekly report

OFFSHORE AND INSHORE Bundaberg weekend fishing

With the weather and wind looking better for this weekend, it will be ideal for the bigger boats to get offshore. Good reports of coral trout, red emperor, parrotfish and plenty of sweetlip being on the chew. For all those smaller boats, the inshore reefs are certainly playing the game. Good size snapper and grunter are starting to turn up in numbers, floating down a whole pilchard or squid bait will soon get you hooked up. If you’re wanting to lure fish for these species, throwing out a vibe is always your best option. There has been plenty of pelagic action happening out the front with trevally, queenfish, tuna and mackerel being caught, so having a metal slug ready for any birds working in the area is a good idea. Getting out early is often your best chance but always check your latest weather forecast before heading offshore. Bundaberg weekend fishing


Bundaberg weekend fishing
Jamie and Jay Thomas with a pair of cracking red emperor.



As for the Burnett River, it has been clearing out over the past two weeks and has been producing plenty of big grunter, bream, flathead, barramundi and mangrove jack. With the river currently full of bait, using lures is a great way to get a bite as you can impart loads of action into the lure, making it seem distressed or injured and stand out from the rest. Putting the pots in when you go for a fish has been a great idea of late – with the Burnett producing plenty of big bucks, you are more than likely to get a feed.  Bundaberg weekend fishing

Bundaberg weekend fishing
Dale Rockall with a coral trout caught locally.

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Both these systems have been fishing well over the past couple of weeks. Grunter, flathead, bream and whiting have been the main species on the menu. Catching fresh bait with either a cast net or a yabby pump will help put more fish in the boat. Crabs have been on the move, so throwing the pots in is a great idea when you spend a couple hours fishing, or overnight if you have the chance. Bundaberg weekend fishing


As the water cools in Lake Monduran, it can be all about the angler adapting to what the fish are doing. Finding where the fish are holding is a start. Fish will use the weed as a blanket or go into the shallows at the backs of bays where the wind is pushing in warmer water. Bays and points that are a degree or two warmer are good areas to find fish. Slowing your retrieve down and keeping it in the strike zone for longer can be the difference between putting fish in the boat or going home with nothing, so be sure to use plenty of long pauses.

Keep on casting
Shane Anderson
Tackle World Bundaberg


Bundaberg weekend fishing
Corey Cronin with a 108cm barramundi caught in the Burnett River. Congratulations Corey! You are our catch of the week winner! Please call into the store to collect your $50 gift card.

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