Shaun Rissman took this Coral Trout offshore of Bundaberg.

Reef fishing set to peak in Bundy

Tash Herbert shows off an awesome mud crab.


After the big south east winds last weekend, the schoolie mackerel should be thick this weekend on the inshore reefs around the Bundaberg area. With the early morning low tides, the water should be quite clear around sunrise. My favourite time to pull Flasha spoons for mackerel is always when the sun just pops up. There’s been some cracking sized grunter and squire being caught as well so definitely have a few drops on the bottom with bait or soft vibes.


With the waxing moon this weekend, the reef fishing should be ON. Fingers crossed the weather plays the game, because a lot of us sure are itching to get out. The tides aren’t huge this weekend so I think both the deep and shallows should be fishing quite well. Pilchards are the favourite bait for the shallows when chasing coral trout and red throat emperor. For the deep water when chasing reds, mullet fillets get the job done.


With the rain we’ve experienced over the past week, it has stirred the mud crabs right up. Some really good quality crabs are being caught too, so be sure to put the pots in. There’s been some cracker sized mangrove jacks being caught on the rock bars and bridge pylons as well, so definitely try your favourite jack tactics this weekend. Low tide is definitely our favourite time to chase them. The flathead have still been in crazy good numbers. Slow-rolling 3” Zman paddle tail soft plastics has been getting most of the flatty action.


These two systems are turning it on, with the mud crabs as well. Plenty of people have been getting an awesome feed just in time for Christmas. Plenty of very solid sized mangrove jack have been caught as well. Live baits and hardbody lures have been getting most of the action. There’s been some very nice sized whiting caught as well. Pumping yabbies early in the mornings this weekend and fishing the incoming tide should get you a very tasty feed.


Lake Monduran has been producing some very solid barramundi. Plenty of the fish that have been caught have been in the high 80’s and 90’s. With the water temperature being quite high, plenty of the fish have actually been caught in the deeper water. Slow-rolling paddle tail soft plastics on the bottom has been getting plenty of attention. The Jackall Squirrel’s and Samaki Redics sure have been catching their share as well. Remember to fish with confidence!

Until next time,

Keep it real,

Mitch Beyer.

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