LifestyleFishing report: Tuna, mackerel reeled in

Fishing report: Tuna, mackerel reeled in

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A very proud Tayla Whalley with a tuna caught offshore recently.

The team at Tackle World Bundaberg says there has been plenty of mackerel and tuna caught off Burnett Heads and Bargara recently.


This weekend the wind looks like it’s going to blow from mid-morning.

We might get a chance to get out in the morning but the window will not be open for long.

There has been a lot of mackerel and tuna caught in close around the leads off Burnett Heads and the 2 mile off Bargara so this is the place to be.

The methods used for catching these fish is spoons flasha lures and trolling hard body lures.

If you’re wanting to use bait, the unweighted pilchard has been working the best.

Always make sure to check the weather before heading out.


The river is starting to fire. With the water warming up there has been mangrove jack caught and the odd grunter.

Most have been caught on the rock walls and rubble bottoms in the river.

The mangrove jack have been caught on live bait mullet strips. The grunter have also been caught using the same bait.

There has been reports of whiting caught on the sand flats in the river using yabbies and worms and peeled prawns.

The flathead have been on the move as well with plenty caught using soft plastics.

The 3 to 4 inch paddle tail has been the go to for most anglers.

With the recent rain in the region, we should start seeing the odd mud crab caught as well.


Both systems have been producing some nice flathead and whiting.

The flathead and whiting have been caught right up both systems, drifting with the incoming and outgoing tides.

Using mullet strips, yabbies or squid cut into strips have been doing the damage.

Don’t be worried that the water is too shallow, some of the whiting have been caught in 400mm of water.

You can also sit in the deep water and cast into the shallows.

The whiting and flathead will be up in the shallows chasing the bait fish and yabbies. We have also seen some good size mud crabs being caught throughout the system.

The go to bait for myself is mullet heads and chicken frames.


The dam has been firing with a lot of big fish caught and lost as well.

There has been a fair amount of fish caught in the Basin and Bird Bay.

Anglers have been catching them trolling and casting big soft plastics and hard body’s.

The fish have been caught on the shallow flats and in heavily timbered areas and in the deep on the old river beds in the dam.

The go to soft plastics to use have been anything from the 5 to 9 inch in the black and gold colour or the natural bait fish colour.

Keep in mind that the colour white produces well in the dam.

Most of the plastics are rigged with a stinger hook to make sure when you get the bite it stays connected although we all know that with barramundi that is not the case.

The wind plays a big part and with the wind blowing from the north has made a big difference.

Bird Bay has a few nice weed beds starting to grow and the fish seem to like hiding in them waiting for the bait to swim past.

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Congratulations to 13 year old Jesse Hoger with a Golden Trevally, his biggest catch ever!

Well done Jesse. Please make contact with us to claim your $50 Gift Card.

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Jesse Hoger, 13, with his biggest catch ever.

Until next time, tight lines
Nathan Sutton
Tackle world Bundaberg