Lake Monduran is SEQ’s closest barra dam. It is located west of Bundaberg and seems to fish better each passing season. Recent ABT competition results attest to that, with plenty of 1m fish weighed in without much fuss or fanfare.
Along with the improved fishing comes news of changes in the management of the Lake Monduran Holiday Park, which is now part of the Australian Tourist Park group. Immediate changes have seen extended management hours, more hire craft (Polycraft boats are on hand) and there’s also a guide at the Park.
Adrian Kampf will be your guide. He’s an experienced angler that knows where to target barra in this tricky lake that has timbered upper areas, and can introduce beginners to barra techniques and tactics on an entirely flexible basis. And this flexibility does represent cost savings. If a visitor wants to go out for a full day, half day, or just a few hours to brush up on technique then that’s okay with Adrian. He has a well set up (twin live wells, ice box, long rod locker) 4.75 Quintrex Hornet Wildfisher with Mercury 60hp 4-stroke bow mount electric and all the tackle a novice angler will ever need. He is also happy to join boating anglers on the water to show them the ropes as well.
A three hour session with Adrian proved to be very helpful. In November Denise and I had struggled to find water over the magic 25 mark due to a cool southerly that kept day temperatures low. Adrian explained how he catches barra at Monduran even during winter as he threaded the Wildfisher through a maze of timber into a shallow flats area. Within an hour this location had yielded some good barra and some heart stopping excitement when a big bloke latched on and then promptly broke off. The fish was unstoppable even on 50lb braid!
Adrian’s expertise also involves advice on barra-sized tackle and he has a handy selection of threadline and baitcaster rods to make things easy for beginners.
Adrian’s knowledge of Monduran Dam also comes in handy for anglers who want to enjoy some exciting wildlife viewing. He was able to show us ospreys in action, white bellied sea eagles on their nest plus a pair of peregrine falcons. Platypus were also tucked into a quiet rainforest lined bay.
Adrian’s available at the Park and will meet anglers there before heading onto the dam. Adrian can be contacted on 0427 526 885.Reads: 1935