REPORT: Pelagics firing up in Hervey Bay


FEBRUARY is now over along with summer and it has been one of the driest summers on record in Hervey bay.

This has influenced the fishing to some degree with good rain needed to flush some more bait into the bay.

Longtail tuna are now in full swing with the smaller models turning up in February. These fish average 4-7kg and are great sport on stick baits and soft plastics. Queenfish, mac tuna, golden and diamond trevally, cobia, spotted mackerel and more have kept fishos rods bent.

Working soft plastics and vibes around the tuna schools has been a good way to pick up golden trevally, the odd small cobia, queenies and spotted and Spanish mackerel.

Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing says looking towards March there should be an increase in queenfish, longtail and grey mackerel activity throughout the bay.


“Autumn sure is a great time of year on the bay for pelagics, with mostly south east trade winds from now through to late April making ideal conditions for a run up the Island,” Chorley said.

“For fly fisherman the longtaill tuna and Mac tuna have been great fun, casting crease flies and surf candys around the working fish on the blue water is always exciting fishing. On the flats, southern blue bastards, golden trevally and longtails have all been caught by fly anglers,” he said.

The next few months will see some of the best fishing opportunities of the year so if you’re interested in fishing Hervey Bay over the next couple of months or during the winter snapper season you can get in touch with Andrew Chorley through the website or via email.

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