Jaden Bond nailed this mangrove jack in the Burnett River recently.

Get the kids out before school starts

Hamish Rockall, 7yo, with a spanish mackerel taken offshore of Bundaberg.

With the school holidays running out fast, this weekend will be a great chance to get out around the Bundaberg area and have a fish before the kids head back to school.


The boats that got a chance to get out over the past week, have all reported catching plenty of school mackerel right along the Bundaberg coastline. The schoolies have been caught using many different techniques and baits. When using bait, try live sprat and floating pilchards. Trolling hard body lures and casting metal Flasha lures through the schools are working well too. The inshore reef has also fished very well with plenty of grass sweetlip and squire being caught on squid and mullet fillets.


Mangrove jack have once again been fish of the week for the Burnett River. Over the past few weeks good numbers of mangrove jack were caught along the many rock walls in the Burnett River.

The mouth of the Burnett is alive with school mackerel and queenfish, which have been keeping anglers entertained. Flathead have been in good numbers towards the mouth and around Skyringville. A few mud crabs have also fired up due to the recent rain.


Once again, the mouth of both the Kolan River and Baffle Creek have been fishing very well for flathead. Casting soft plastics in the 3-4”size range has been working a treat. For the sports fishermen there’s also plenty of monster queenfish to be caught if you are willing to have a crack at poppers and flies. Further upstream, anglers have been landing enough mud crabs to get a good feed, so it would be worth putting a few pots out this weekend and on the Australia Day holiday.


Lake Monduran is currently sitting at 47% water capacity. Even though water temperatures are up over 30 degrees in the lake, the barramundi seem to be holding in the slightly deeper water for comfort. Jigging vibes, trolling deep-diving hard bodies or casting heavy swimbaits like the 140 Molix are techniques that have all be working well this summer. Just finally, as the water levels are dropping more and more stumps and tops of trees are appearing from the water throughout this magic impoundment, so take care when out on the water.

Fish with confidence,

Dale Smith.

Tackle World Bundaberg.

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