Soft vibes will help you catch trophy fish

Corey Torres with a big barramundi.
Corey Torres with a big barramundi.

Tackleworld's Dale Smith talks all things fishing from around the region and how soft vibes can help you catch that trophy fish in the Burnett River.

What an action-packed weekend it was around the Bundaberg Region.

We were fortunate to have some fantastic weather and by all reports, plenty of trophy fish were caught.

Catch that trophy fish in the Burnett River

Species such as mangrove jack and barramundi have really fired up with the warmer weather.

Good numbers of barra can be located easily in the town reach with a quality side imaging sounder.

Casting soft vibes around 30g has been working a treat in the slightly deeper water.

The bait fisherman have also been cleaning up with some massive flathead, mangrove jack and northern whiting right throughout this impressive river system.

Bundaberg offshore

Jade from Truansea Charters reported having a couple of excellent days reef fishing last weekend before the weather change that rolled through around lunch time Sunday.

Other anglers also reported catching plenty of red throat emperor, grass sweetlip, coral trout, hussar and the odd red emperor.

Please remember the Coral Reef Fish Fin Closure commences as of Friday 25th October 2019 till Tuesday 29th October 2019.

Closed seasons are important to allow stocks to replenish to ensure there are sustainable numbers of fish for current and future generations to enjoy.

Bundaberg inshore is fishing well

All the popular way points along the Bundaberg coastline are all fishing well but the key is to get there early morning as usually the action slows by around 8am.

There’s still plenty of pelagics swimming around such as school and Spanish mackerel, a few tuna and some impressive grunter and squire fished closer towards the bottom.

Lake Callide and Lake Cania family event

The annual Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic is being held this weekend.

The Callide Impoundment has been fishing quite well for big barra and I’m sure a few meteries will be landed.

Lake Cania is one of my personal favourites and also has been fishing red hot with plenty of Australian bass, yellow belly and saratoga playing the game.

The fish can be caught on many different styles of lures; it’s a great place to learn how to lure fish.

The Cania Fishing Classic is being held on 8-10 November 2019.

Each year this family friendly comp attracts around 400 people with all funds raised going towards restocking the dam.

You can register from their Facebook Page “Cania Dam Fish Stocking” or email

Lake Monduran classic gets barra action pumping

The annual Tackle World Bundaberg Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic was held last weekend.

It was excellent to see quite a few more anglers at the lake this year.

There were 61 legal barra weighed in and many more undersized barra caught and released during the weekend.

Numbers of Australian bass and jewfish were up as well as some outstanding catches of catfish.

Mitchell Ethell and Matthew Smith having a great time a Lake Monduran. This was Mitchell's first ever barra!
Mitchell Ethell and Matthew Smith having a great time a Lake Monduran. This was Mitchell's first ever barra!

It’s fantastic to have such a world class fishery at our doorstep and I can assure you that the Monduran Anglers & Stocking Association (MASA) is doing everything possible to make Lake Monduran number one.

Don’t’ forget, anglers have the chance to catch that golden barra with the Bundaberg Toyota Golden Barra Competition running until 19 February 2020 for a chance to win from the $190,000 prize pool.

You can register to be in the running, and also see the Terms and Conditions at

Fish with confidence
Dale Smith, Tackleworld Bundaberg