Geoff Simmons with a solid red emperor caught recently with Whiplash Fishing.

Bundaberg – weekly report

Jeff Backhouse with a 99cm barramundi he caught at Lake Monduran recently.


We had many reports of good catches of red emperor, coral trout, and large nannygai over the past week. A well-presented bait like pilchards, squid and a good flesh bait will get these prize fish in the boat. Always check the weather forecast before heading out.


For the smaller tinnies that want to get out and get a feed there have been good reports of pelagics all along our coastline. Spanish mackerel have turned up in numbers. Casting or jigging spoon lures or flashas have been most rewarding. Casting these lures will also pull in a feed of schoolie mackerel and tuna.  Find the birds that are working and you will find the fish.


With the warmer weather upon us the summer species are becoming more active. Good reports of mangrove jack being caught on lures and fresh bait, also a few barra starting to show up as well. Good sized flathead are still being caught by trolling deep diving hard bodies drifting and casting 3” to 5” soft plastics, hopping them on the bottom and retrieved back to the boat. Hopping soft vibes through the deeper holes and channels will also pick up a feed. Good reports of grunter are being caught in these areas as well.

Little peanut Malakai Hohn dreaming of catching a big one like his mum’s grunter.


These two rivers start to fire as the weather warms up. Mangrove jack and barramundi being the most sought after species. Fresh bait is always best. Get yourself a cast net and get some fresh sprat or mullet. This should pick you up a feed of these species. Good reports of large whiting being caught in both river systems. Fresh yabbies and beach worms will get you a feed of these great table fish too. The odd grunter are being caught in the deeper holes. Put the crab pots in before heading out for a fish. You never know if you don’t go!


Lake Monduran is a lake that can be on fire one week and very tough the next. This time of year is when the north easterly’s blow consistently and the lake is on fire right now. Remember the wind is your friend. Follow the wind into the bays and off points. Cast into the shallows around the weed edges and close to the trees. That will see you getting hooked up. Casting soft plastics in the 5” to 7” range like the Molix 140, hollow bellies, slick rigs, boom baits and castaic’s will all put fish in the boat.  On the hard body side try the B52, Jackall Squirrels, Rapala X-raps and the Barambah Lures.  They all get their fair share of fish snagged as well. If you want a great adrenaline rush there is nothing like a barra bite and fight so get out and give it a go!

The Tackle World Bundaberg Lake Monduran Fishing Classic starts on Friday 15 October 2021 to Wednesday 15 December 2021.

Registrations are being taken at Tackle World Bundaberg and Lake Monduran Holiday Park. This is an online competition whereby all catches are recorded using a QR code.

Terms and conditions shall be provided upon registration. For further information, please contact Tackle World Bundaberg on 07 4153 4747 or email

Keep on casting
Shane Anderson

Tackle World Bundaberg

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