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Cracker fishing for mangrove jack in Burnett

Mangrove jack
Indianna Philip with a mangrove jack.

Mangrove jack are biting in the Burnett River and the inshore reefs are producing plenty of mackarel, according to Tackle World Bundaberg.

Burnett River

There’s been some cracker mangrove jack being caught in the Burnett. Working hardbody lures over the rock bars and on the edge of the bridge pylons has been getting plenty of the bites.

Live baits such as sprat and poddy mullet has been doing the trick for the jack as well.

With the full moon this week, the whiting have been in good numbers and I’ve heard of a few 40cm+ being caught.

Yabbies and beach worms are definitely your go to baits. Don’t forget to drop the crab pots in as well. Plenty of tasty mud crabs have been getting caught!

Bundaberg inshore

The inshore reefs are still producing plenty of schoolie mackerel. Fast-retrieving flasha spoons and floating pilchards out will get you the bite.

There’s a few Spanish mackerel roaming around as well so be sure to float a gar or live bait out the back.

There’s been some very nice grassy sweetlip and squire being caught as well. Using squid and prawns on the bottom has been getting most of the bites.   

Mud crab
Brett Morgan with a mud crab.

Kolan River and Baffle Creek

Plenty of flathead have been chewing in the Kolan and Baffle over the past week.

Slow-rolling paddle tail soft plastics over the bottom has been the standout technique.

There’s also been some 1m+ queenfish being caught at the mouth of these systems.

Surface poppers and small metal slugs has been getting most of the bites.

Also, there’s been some cracker sized mangrove jack and mud crabs being caught in these two systems as well so don’t forget to set a line for a jack and drop the pots in.

Lake Monduran

Some 1m+ barra have been caught up at Lake Monduran over the past week. Plenty of the barra have been caught on the tops of the trees in the deeper water.

The early-morning bite has been the standout time to put a few on the deck. Jackal Squirrels, Samaki Redics and Molix Shads have been the standout lures.

Remember to fish the points that the wind is blowing into and don’t be scared to fish the deeper water.

— Till next time, keep it real, Mitch Beyer (Tackle World Bundaberg)