Bailey Kuplen’s 1m barramundi from Lake Monduran.

Bundaberg – weekly report


The offshore fishing for this weekend will have to be put on hold until Sunday due to the Coral Reef Fin Fish closure from November 2 to midnight November 6. The weather over the weekend is looking good for the bigger boats. We have had good reports of red emperor, coral trout, parrotfish and large sweet lip all being caught over the previous week. Check your latest forecast before heading out. Bundaberg


For the boats that want to get out the front for a bit of pelagic action, good reports of school mackerel are along our coastline. Casting any Flasha lures or slugs should pick you up a good feed. Spanish mackerel are also being caught trolling large hard-bodies or dead bait. Having a pilchard floating out the back with a lightly weighted sinker will pick you up a feed as these fish move through. Bundaberg


As the water temperature has risen over the past month and a bit of fresh has moved through the river, the fishing has turned on, with good reports of large whiting being caught over the flats using yabbies and beachworms. Also, in the same areas, large flathead have been caught. Two of our favoured species to catch is the mangrove jack and barramundi. Using fresh bait such as sprat and mullet fillet should pick up a good feed of jack. Due to the closure of barramundi (saltwater), they will be a no take species from November 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022. Large sized grunter are also moving through the river systems. Fresh prawns or sprat are always good options for bait. Bundaberg

Jake Dontje and his 61cm mangrove jack from the Burnett River.


Getting closer to summer the water is starting to heat up and jack are starting to fire up. Fresh bait is the best bait. Using sprat and mullet are best for fishing around mangroves and the deeper rocky holes. Grunter have also been a regular catch in these two river systems using the same sort of bait. Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the same shallow flats as the tide moves in should pick up a good feed of whiting. Get the crab pots in before heading out for a fish as good reports of good sized mud crabs are being caught. Don’t forget, the (saltwater) barramundi closure is on between November 1, 2021 through to February 1, 2022.


With the northerly wind blowing over the last month, Monduran has been on fire and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Good reports of 80cm to over the magic 1m mark have been coming in regularly. Whether you are trolling or casting, fish are being caught all over the dam. Some of the consistent lures being used are the Jackall Squirrels, Classics B-52, Rapala X-Raps and the Barambah hard-bodies. Casting soft plastics in the shallows – such as PowerBait Hollow Belly, Castaic Jerky, Squidgies Slick Rig and 140 Molix Shad – will give you the chance at getting that 1m fish in the boat. The wind is your friend, so follow it onto points and backs of bays and this should put you in the right areas.

Registrations are still being taken at Tackle World Bundaberg and Lake Monduran Holiday Park for the online comp. Terms and conditions shall be provided upon registration. For further information please contact Tackle World Bundaberg on 07 4153 4747 or email info@tackleworldbundy.com.au

Nelson Philips with the Catch of the Week barramundi caught from a kayak at Lake Monduran fighting against the wind.


Congratulations to Nelson Philips with a barramundi caught from his kayak at Lake Monduran while fighting against the wind. Massive effort Nelson! Call into the shop and collect your $50 gift card from the front counter.

Keep on casting
Shane Anderson

Tackle World Bundaberg

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