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Fishing report: Fish biting ahead of Christmas

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Dale Grace with a 1.6m shark ray

Another year is nearly done and dusted and fish are biting across the region.

It is that time of year that Santa’s sack should be full to the brim ready for his annual trip down under.

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Jye Treloar with snapper caught offshore


At this stage the weather forecast over the Christmas period is looking pretty good with light winds predicted.

I’m sure both Burnett Heads and 1770 boat ramps will be busy over the next few days.

Anglers that have been lucky enough to get offshore have all reported good catches of red throat emperor, coral trout, red emperor and grass sweet lip all filling the ice boxes.


How good have the inshore reefs such as Cochrane Artificial, the 2 and 4 mile been fishing over the past few weeks?

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Cooper Nugent and Jayk Dick with a monster blue eye trevalla

Sports fishermen have caught some fantastic snapper on soft plastics and lightly weighted pilchards.

Mackerel have also been in good numbers and are always a welcome by-catch.

Let’s hope this action continues over the Christmas break.


With more and more salt water mixing with the fresh, the fishing is really starting to improve.

Some monster bream have been caught in the town reach during the past week, with the run in tide producing better fish.

The water quality at the mouth has improved a lot and anglers have had some nice catches of flathead, grunter and whiting.

With Christmas almost here, the word is there’s some quality mud crabs on the move, which sounds like a fantastic option for Christmas lunch.


Both systems have cleaned up reasonably well and hopefully this continues over the Christmas period.

With the warm water, mangrove jack are well and truly on the chew.

Toward the mouth, flathead, big whiting and grunter have been keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays.


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Peter Ashmore with a barra he caught at Lake Monduran

Lake Monduran has continued to fish very well over the past week with quite a few barra around the magic metre mark being caught.

Once again, most of the action has been in the Main Basin, Bird Bay and up Bass Strait.

Trollers have been doing extremely well, using soft plastics and hard body lures that dive to around 3 metres.

Exciting news is that MASA released around 70,000 barra fingerlings into Lake Monduran Monday afternoon.

All the barra fingerlings looked very healthy and I’m sure they will be testing anglers’ skills in no time.

Just finally from all the team at Tackle World Bundaberg we wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

Fish with confidence
Dale Smith
Tackle World Bundaberg

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