REPORT: Hervey Bay pelagics firing in March


MARCH saw some spectacular weather and fishing prior to cyclone Debbie creating chaos on the East Coast. The longtail tuna fired up smashing bait right across the bay during March.

Longtail and Mac tuna have been working from the Sandy Straits right through to Platypus Bay. This has given anglers access to great fish only minutes from the ramp which has made for some epic sessions. Stick baits, soft plastics and metal slugs have all been effective. 

We also had some great sessions on golden trevally with some big cobia also in the mix. Queenfish, school, spotted and spanish mackerel, slatey bream, diamond trevally and more were also encountered. Fly fishos didn’t miss out either with some great captures on fly during March.


Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing says April will be another good month and the tuna should continue their ways, along with queenfish and golden trevally.

“We will see some changes in the weather through April as the winds begin to creep more south south west in the mornings. This is the usual seasonal pattern and with the changes in the winds, we will also see the water temps drop away,” Chorley said.

Species like grey mackerel, queenfish and snapper will move into the bay and straits as they go through their usual spawning congregations,” he said.

If you are keen to sample some of Hervey Bay’s Autumn pelagic action or the winter snapper run get in touch with Andrew Chorley for more details at


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