Mangrove jack making a splash in the Burnett River

Emma King with a 58cm mangrove jack caught recently.
Emma King with a 58cm mangrove jack caught recently.

The Burnett River has been a little hot and cold lately but there has been some really nice mangrove jack caught recently in all parts of the river from Splitters Creek, Austoft Rocks, Tallon Bridge, Kirby’s and North Wall.

Some big flathead have been hanging around the base of these rock walls and have been a sucker to a 4” to 5” soft plastic.

Along the gravel beds there has been a lot of small grunter, but the green sea toads are also there in good numbers.

A few quality mud crabs were caught in the Burnett River during this past week so that may be another option for this weekend.

Bundaberg inshore has mac tuna on the go

With a bit of luck there may be a small window both Saturday and Sunday morning to slip out to the inshore reefs before the wind picks up.

Plenty of mackerel and mac tuna have been active on all the popular marks whereas closer to the bottom; plenty of nice grunter and the odd squire have been responding well to soft plastics, vibes and baits.

All sorts of bait attracting mangrove jack in the Kolan

The Kolan River has also fished reasonably well now the water temperature is up around 25-26 degrees.

Species such as mangrove jack seem to be smashing most presentations such as soft or hard body lures.

Live baits as well as strip baits of mullet fillet have all been effective on jacks; some of which have been over 50cm and very challenging to land.

Lake Cania Fishing Classic

The annual Cania Fishing Classic was held last weekend with 395 senior and junior nominations and by all reports it was a huge success with heaps of Australian bass, golden perch, jew and saratoga being caught.

The Cania Dam Fishing Stocking Association did a fantastic job and that’s why Cania is one of my favourite destinations.

All funds raised goes into restocking the dam and running the fishing competition.

Ashton Anderson with his first barramundi catch.

Lake Monduran barra fishing well

I believe Lake Monduran is fishing as good as any barra impoundment in Queensland.

The barra are very well conditioned and averaging between 70-90cm.

Most anglers are being rewarded with little effort with some anglers getting up to 10 hookups er session!

Jackall Squirrels, Lucky Craft Pointers and 4.8” Jackall Rhythm Waves all working a treat.

Fish with confidence
Dale Smith
Tackle World Bundaberg