Hervey Bay fishing report

WELL that’s winter done and dusted for another year. Each winter just seems to get bigger and bigger with so many guests enjoying our great winter fishery. Sunny warm glass out days were enjoyable, particularly for anglers from down south. We saw a quieter than usual run of snapper, but still managed some cracking specimens (see the photo gallery above).

Fishing soft plastics worked well on the snapper with the old faithful 5-inch “electric chicken” getting results. Guests also enjoyed some big golden trevally as bycatch when chasing snapper, along with queenfish, tea leaf trevally, grunter, mack tuna and longtails.
Winter longtails were also a highlight with fish over the 130 cm mark landed. These big stubborn fish demand patience and persistence on light tackle, often emptying the spool on the first run. They are a great reward for guests willing to put in the time.

On the windier days we fished the sandy straits with flathead, trevally and bream keeping us busy on the flats. Working with 6 lb outfits we have enjoyed some great light tackle sportfishing on the flats…something that is a great option on a windy day.

Spring Season Ahead

Well its spring and that means our pelagics will begin to ramp up. The coming months will see spotted mackerel move into the bay along with our black marlin migration. Numbers always vary year to year so we will not know what sort of season we will have until its upon us.

Mac and longtail tuna will also become more active over the warmer months and will move throughout the bay and onto the northern flats at times in small pods. This will create some great sight fishing opportunites.

Other species like gold and black spot cod, Spanish and school mackerel, golden trevally, diamond trevally and many more will be also about over the coming months

Spotty mackerel will appear late October through until Christmas 

We still have availability over the coming months if you would like more information, rates and dates please send us a email at

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