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Fishing: Large Spanish mackerel lurking

Spanish mackerel fishing
Jamie Smith with a 14kg Spanish mackerel he caught off Bundaberg recently.


What can I say… the schoolies have been on the chew succumbing to the small Samaki slugs and the old faithful flasha lures.

Don’t forget to throw an unweighted pilly out the back and you might get lucky and land a big spanish mackerel that’s lurking around at the moment.

At this stage the weekend weather is not looking good but there might be a window Sunday arvo and hopefully Australia Day will have some good weather for us all to get out and enjoy this great land.

If you are heading out, make sure to check the latest weather conditions.


The salt has started pushing back up the Town Reach and has the river fish fighting for your lure or bait.

All reports have said there is quality flathead and bream being caught all throughout the river but the stand out fish has been the grunter bream around the port, with some monsters being landed on bait and soft plastics in your 3 inch size.

Spanish mackerel fishing
Taya Seymour with a bream she caught in the Burnett River recently.

The best place to fish over the weekend will be the sheltered areas away from the swell that will be pushing up the mouth of the rivers.

For example, the Elliott River has plenty of little creeks to push up with the tide to chase those mangrove jacks that have been falling victim to Daiwa’s Bait Junkie Minnows rigged with a TT Weedless Snake Eyez so you’re not getting snagged.


Baffle and Kolan Rivers have cleared up with good reports of mud crabs on the move and all your summer favourite from whiting to jacks and queenies.

I like the Zman Swimz in the 3 inch size for the flathead, and working the MMD Splasher Prawn over the shallow flats for a feed of whiting.


The monster barra bite has slowed down a little now they aren’t all congregating in the Main Basin, but with the full moon earlier this week they should be getting hungry and the Molix shad will have them hitting the deck in no time.

I can confirm there has been lots of 70 models being landed on the trusty Jackall Squirrel.

Every failed cast is one cast closer to the perfect cast

That’s all folks.

Stay safe on the water and be mindful of your fellow fishers.

Josh Mortensen
Tackle World Bundaberg

Spanish mackerel fishing
Gordon Irving with a mangrove jack he caught in the Burnett River.