Rebecka O’Connor with the Bass she caught at Lake Gregory recently.

Plenty on offer during last reef closure

Christopher Gear with his prized fish, 80cm red emperor.
Jack Bates with the nice barra he caught at Lake Monduran.

At this stage it looks like the weather for the Bundaberg area for this weekend could go either way, and anything can happen so keep an eye out for the latest forecast before deciding to head out.


The inshore reefs are still producing some very nice grunter. Early mornings and late afternoons are the hot bite times. Working soft vibes and soft plastics off the bottom will get you the bite. Also using squid and prawns as bait will get you the good results. There’s still been plenty of schoolie mackerel around as well. Fast-retrieving Flasha spoons vertically off the bottom and trolling small hardbodies will get you into the mackerel action. If you’re more into using bait, mackerel will always fall for a pilchard.


The Burnett River has been producing some very nice flathead. Most of the flatties have been caught on slow-rolling paddle tail soft plastics. You will be in with a good chance of hooking a mangrove jack as a by-catch as well.

There’s been some very nice sized late seasoned bream too.  Kirby’s Wall has been a standout spot. Also, with the big new moon tides don’t forget to throw the crab pots in!


This weekend the Kolan and Baffle will be all about the mangrove jack and whiting. There’s been some awesome numbers of jack being caught. Most of these fish are being caught on hard body lures and live baits. The late afternoon incoming tides will be the hot time for your whiting fishing over the weekend. Yabbies and beach worms are definitely the standout baits.


Lake Monduran is still firing. Plenty of 80cm+ barra have been caught. The shallow wind blown points have been the place to find good numbers. My favourite bite time is definitely first light in the morning so make sure you get up there nice and early. Jackall Squirrels and Samaki Redics have still been the standout lures. Remember to fish with confidence! You never know when that big barra boof will happen.


The latest Coral Reef Fin Fish Closure is from Thursday 12th November until Monday 16th November 2020.

For more information go to:

This will be the last Coral Reef Fin Fish closure for this year.

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