spanish mackerel looking good
Bruce and the crew from Catfish Charters with a monster 1.3m spanish mackerel caught during the week.

Things looking good for Bundaberg fishing

Looking into the weekend, the things are looking good around the Bundaberg area, but as always, keep an eye on up-to-date weather forecasts before heading out.

The past week has seen some reasonable weather, allowing boats to head offshore, and with good tides, anglers reported some great catches.  Some monster coral trout were live-baited, and some quality sweetlip, parrot, cod and hussar were also caught.

Bruce and his crew aboard local boat “Catfish Charters” had a ball during the week, catching a great mixed bag of parrot, sweetlip, snapper and a few monster Spanish mackerel.

Most of the local rivers and creeks have started to salt up around the river mouths after the recent fresh.

The Baffle and Kolan mouths are okay but still a bit dirty.  Tops of the tides are best, with a few big grunter, mangrove jack and some quality bream all being caught.  A few more tides may push some more salt back up, making these systems better in the coming weeks.

The Burnett has started to salt up again with the mouth still being best, as the upper reaches are still quite dirty.  However, some quality fish have come in from down around the mouth.  There are good numbers of grunter about with some of them reaching 60cm, and there are still a few bream and flathead about also.

The Elliott is one of the cleanest systems along our coast and is looking good, with plenty of whiting and flathead caught on the sand flats.  The Burrum River has produced a few cod and jacks, but this system still has a bit of fresh coming down it.

Lake Gregory has been a hot spot after our recent rain event, with the conditions of this lake not changing much.  Plenty of big bass have come off the weed edges.  Bassman Spinnerbaits have been best around the weed.  The bass that have been schooled up in the deeper water have all been caught on Jackall TN60 Vibes.

Even though Lake Monduran overflowed a couple of weeks ago, it is still fishing well, with good numbers of barra to 75cm being caught up the back of the dam.  So, things are looking pretty good for summer, considering what has just happened to the lake.

Outside of the dams, please remember that as of midday on the 1st of November, till midday on the 1st of February there will be the annual barramundi spawning closure.  This applies to all rivers and creeks in Queensland, so remember that you are unable to target barra during this closure.

Till next time,

Tim Mulhall

Tackle World Bundaberg

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