Fishing with Foxie by John Fox

With so many options from Lady Musgrave to the East to Lake Monduran in the West you can see why fishing and being on the water around the Bundaberg Region is a big part of the local lifestyle.

Offshore pelagic species like Spanish, Spottie and Schoolie mackerel,tuna and trevally cruise our coastline.

If chasing a feed of reef fish is more to your liking then our inshore reefs like The Two and Four Mile reefs , Cochranes Artificial Reef, Ryan’s are well within reach to the small trailer boat angler.

For those with larger boats the Southern Gutter, Lady Elliott and Lady Musgrave produce some great fish like coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip and hussar.


This rock cod was caught in Baffle Creek at Winfield by Jackson McGarvey while on a visit to Bundaberg to see his Grandmother Thelma McGarvey.

Elliott Heads, Coonar and Woodgate Beaches are lovely spots to take the family and a rod for a bit of relaxing fishing with a there is affair chance of getting a feed of dart, whiting and flathead.

In our estuaries try trolling or casting lures for some mangrove jack or flathead.

Jack will also hit live and dead baits that are being floated back into their territory; live mullet, prawns and fresh fish flesh are all great baits.


Billy Hitzke from Bundaberg knows a good mud crab when he sees one. Billy’s smile is almost as big as the “muddie

If you are heading down the creeks or rivers don’t forget to take a few crab pots as mud crabs are common in our local estuaries.

Fresh fish frames are one of the best baits and setting your pots at the mouth of a small creek or gutter running out of the mangroves is the best spot.

The incoming tide is the time to try for a few whiting on the sandbars as the tide pushes up over the yabbie beds, live yabbies worms and small fresh peeled prawns are great baits for these.

Lake Monduran just North of Gin Gin is one of the best impoundment barramundi fisheries in the world.

Barra well over the metre mark are now being caught regularly is something that should be on every anglers bucket list.

Trolling the deep water with deep running lures early morning and late afternoon is a good way to chase these beasts.

Shallow running hard body lures also work well using a slow rolling retrieve.

Suspending or slow rising lures also work very well, cast them out retrieve with a couple of quick twitches to get them down than pause and let them sit, then repeat the twitch action.

If fishing Monduran don’t forget to go online and register for the Golden Barra comp that could see you win some of some of the $190,000 worth of prizes.

If you hook the Golden Barra you would be taking home a Toyota Landcruiser and Sea Jay boat package worth over $100,000, and it’s free to enter.

Welcome to the Bundy Region so get out there relax, explore and enjoy the great fishing our area has to offer.