LifestyleJay scores catch of the week with Spanish mackerel

Jay scores catch of the week with Spanish mackerel

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Jay Balazs with a Spanish mackerel caught off Bundaberg.

In this week's Tackle World Bundaberg report read all about the upcoming fishing conditions so you can snag yourself a whopper of a fish just like Jay Balazs who caught this Spanish mackerel off Bundaberg recently.


With the smaller tides this weekend the reef fishing should be ON in the deep and shallows.

March and April is one of my favourite times of year for chasing the big red emperors, so be sure to drop some big flesh baits down around the 40m mark.

Fingers crossed the weather plays the game, but check the weather report before heading out.


The inshore reefs has been producing some very nice grunter and grassy sweetlip over the past week.

Most of these fish are being caught on 20g soft vibes and 5” soft plastics.

With the water finally starting to clear up, looking for a spanish mackerel would be a great idea.

I’d be thinking fishing down Elliott Heads way will be the go because that’s where the water clears up first.

Trolling gar and hardbody lures is an ideal way to get the bite.

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Lucy Johnson with a red throat emperor she caught off Bundaberg.


The Burnett is slowly clearing up and the bream are starting to chew.

Working small soft plastics over rock bars and using small prawns as bait has been doing the trick.

Plenty of grunter and flathead have been getting caught near the North Wall at the mouth as well so be sure to try your luck there.

Don’t forget to drop the pots in, there’s been some very good quality mud crabs being caught in the main channels.


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Jackson Home with a flathead he caught in the Kolan River.

The Kolan and Baffle have been producing some very nice mangrove jack over the past week.

The early morning surface sessions some anglers have been having with them has been impressive.

There’s also been some cracking sized whiting being caught.

Pumping yabbies at low tide and fishing the incoming tide over shallow sandbars will get you into some whiting action.

Be sure to keep your cast net handy in the boat because the prawns are starting to turn up.


Lake Monduran is still firing on all cylinders.

Plenty of fish were caught in the Humminbird Classic last weekend, with the biggest barra going 112cm.

Again, Jackall Squirrels and paddle tail soft plastics has been getting most of the bites.

Remember to always focus on fishing the windblown points and bays.

Always fish with confidence. You never know when that 1m+ barra is going to jump on your line.

Congratulations to the Bulky Boar and Barra team winning the Annual Humminbird Australia & New Zealand Lake Monduran Barra Classic with a bag of 5.16m of Barra!

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