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Fish in full flight along the Bundaberg coastline

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Dylan Nay caught a 14.2kg red emperor off the Bundaberg coastline.

Welcome back to another Tackle World Bundaberg fishing report where you can find out what is biting in the region:


The mackerel and tuna are in full flight, and I mean literally jumping out of the water after the bait when they come through and smash the bait schools at a great rate of knots.

All along the Bundaberg coastline you will see the birds working as the pelagics hunt from below with good reports of big queenfish, spanish and spotted mackerel, mac tuna and the odd longtail tuna all being caught.

Whether it be from casting metal slugs like the trusty 20g and 50g flasher lures or the old Arma Anchovy in a range of sizes from 18g to 75g.

Make sure you have a few different sizes to match the hatch to trolling hardbody lures like your Halco 190 or trolling live/dead baits.

Thursday morning will be the best time to head out the front but keep an eye on the weather because you may get a window first thing in the morning.

All the fishos who went offshore and hit the reefs out wide in the glass out weather we had last week were rewarded with good catches of reds, tuskys, trout, mackerel and cobia to name a few.


Jackson Home caught a sickle fish in the Elliott River

With the bigger tides of late we have seen the salt return to these river systems but just remember that salt is heavier and sits at the bottom.

If the water at the top of the river is still a bit fresh, it doesn’t mean that 10ft down is just as fresh because a lot of fish will travel upriver with the heavier saltwater in the bottom half of the water column.

The Burnett has seen good numbers of bream and grunter returning with night fishing on the top of the tides being the best way to secure a feed of fish.

Now that the saltwater has returned, so have the bait that was flushed out and with the bait returning so have the predators like the iconic barramundi and mangrove jack.

There have been a few reports of barra being caught in both river systems and with a good sounder you will be able to find where they are and sit on them until they go into hunt mode and start destroying your lures and live baits.

Just make sure you upgrade the trebles and split rings on your lures because some of the barra being caught are up around that metre mark and know how to straighten hooks and make a grown man cry!

Don’t forget about the trusty flathead and whiting that are getting about.

There is nothing better than seeing them hit a topwater lure.

It has to be one of my favourite ways of catching these tasty buggers.

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Alex Allikas caught a land based grunter


The Kolan River would be the pick out of these two rivers with a few big sickle fish getting around.

If you have ever caught one on light gear, you know how much fun they are to catch when they use that high body (like a dish plate) of theirs in the current to make you fight them the whole way till you get them boat side.

There has also been quite a few reports of grunter, flathead and bream getting around in these systems with the odd jack and barra if you know where to look.

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Christopher Gear coral trout caught out from Burnett Heads


Lake Gregory is often a place that gets overlooked but if you take the time to work it out it is a magical little lake surrounded with tall pines and dead trees up the far end that support a healthy bass fishery and pelicans in breeding season.

If you’re after some bass, have a look at soft plastics in the 2 ½ inch range rigged on a weedless hook to work over the top and along the edges of the weed beds.

Monduran Dam will be starting to cool down with the cooler nights but the barra are still on the chew.

You may have to work a bit harder to find where they are using a few different lures and different colours, but they are definitely worth the effort.

The Molix Shad is still the stand-out lure but any of the soft plastics in the 6-inch range will do the trick, just make sure you have a strong hook and 60-80lb leader.

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  1. Yes, wonderful fishing in the Bundy region and locaql knowledge helps. I particularly remember the wonderful catches of schoolie mackerel at Fingers , just north of the Baffle mouth but I am told that catches aren’t anywhere as prolific these days.

    There was the fun of wade angling for flathead at the mouth there too…on the shelf from half tide down on a sleepy tide. Flathead Fantasia I called it or Lizard Land. Lots of other great fishing stories too numerous to mention.

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