HERVEY Bay saw some fantastic weather and fish in January according to Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Chorley said there’s been plenty of big golden trevally around as there always is at this time of year but the pelagic fishing has been a little patchy with fish moving around the bay and not holding in any one spot for more than a day or so
Things should improve with the pelagics once a bit of rain hits and gets the bait moving. February should see the first tropical low hit the Bay at some point which Chorley said usually marks the start of the longtail season.
“The past few days I have seen a few signs that the longtails are not far away, with some small patches spotted on our way home, so fingers crossed for a good season,” he said.
There’s been plenty of variety during January with queenfish, cobia, mac tuna, scarlets, cod, flathead, mackerels and trevallies all turning up at times and the inshore reef fishing has also been consistently firing, using a range of techniques.
Looking ahead to February and beyond, apart from the longtails turning up queenfish, broad bar mackerel and mac tuna will also move in and create havoc over our Autumn season.
Chorley said top water lures will be the go-to for many with stick baits like Nomad’s Mad Scad getting good results, along with pencil poppers like Cotton Cordels on the longtails and queenies.