February Fishing Report and Newsletter

Cyclone Oma whips up some wind during February

February was a windy one this year with quite a few days lost to strong winds.Cyclone Oma threatened the coast whipping up some big seas on the exposed parts.The bay didn’t see any damage from the cyclone luckily. We also received no rain! Some rain would certainly be welcomed, with this being one of the driest starts to a year that I can remember.

Hiding out of the wind before Oma came past produced this nice queenfish on the flats

Hiding out of the wind before Oma came past produced this nice queenfish on the flats

A change of season is now upon us, with the first low coming down the coast marking the start of the longtail season. This can’t be true enough as we have started seeing longtails show up in schools right on cue.
Guests have enjoyed the surface action with more to come through Autumn.

School size longtails are turning up

School size longtails are turning up

We have had a few sessions targeting longtail tuna on the flats so far this season. Casting soft plastics for the spin fisherman has been the best technique with solid hook-ups. Stick baits also get good results making for some great surface bites. For fly anglers the chance to cast a fly at a big longtail in shallow water is something else and our flats are certainly unique for that experience.

Viv sight casted this longtail on the flats

Viv sight casted this longtail on the flats

Mac tuna on fly creating line burns

Mac tuna on fly creating line burns

Golden trevally, queenfish and cobia were also about during February with some good specimens in the mix. Working soft vibes deep in the water column has produced some good fish along with the ever reliable 5 inch Zman streakz. School mackerel have started to turn up on a few of the inshore reefs which has been a bit of fun and a good way to get a tasty feed.

Cobia fun jigging the bottom

Cobia fun jigging the bottom

School mackerel light tackle fun

School mackerel light tackle fun

As we move through Autumn we will see longtail schools pick up along with mac tuna. Golden trevally, cobia, queenfish, various mackerels and more will also be on offer. It’s a great time to be fishing the Fraser Coast with some frantic tuna action keeping guests busy. If you are looking at booking a day get in early to secure your dates. Email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Golden trevally can be found around the tuna during Autumn

Golden trevally can be found around the tuna during Autumn

 


2019 Snapper Season

2019 Snapper Season fun in Hervey Bay - Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

2019 Snapper Season fun

Yep can you believe it’s only few months and we will be talking about snapper. Winter is a great time of year with some beautiful weather and great fishing opportunities.  For your chance to have a go at targeting our snapper be in touch to secure your dates.fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au


Catch of the Month

Ashley takes out catch of the month with a tropical pink snapper caught in 30 c water while being guided by Murray, well done Ashley great fish.

Ashley takes out catch of the month with a tropical pink snapper caught in 30c water while being guided by Murray, well done Ashley great fish.

 


In House Fly Casting Lessons and Coaching

We now have a in house qualified fly casting instructor, Hervey Bay local Taz Jefferies. Taz has learnt how to teach fly casting through the Federation Of Fly Fishers program and has been a qualified instructor for some years. He also made the film Black Torpedoes which featured some of Hervey Bay’s best fly fishing opportunities.

We are very excited to be able to provide a service from beginning to cast and learning the fundamentals, tying flys right through to being guided on one of our vessels with our Sage pro guides.Casting lessons and fly fishing basics with Taz start from $100 for 2 hours. For more info please email us fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Taz with a free swimming marlin on fly

Taz with a free swimming marlin on fly


Chorleys Visit NZ

Chozza, Jess and Archer took a few weeks off during February and visited NZ. Starting at Christchurch we visited the Holm family for a few nights. Warren kindly took me up to the high country for some lake fishing. Stalking cruising fish on the lakes was very cool.

A nice lake rainbow thanks Warren !

A nice lake rainbow thanks Warren!

We stoped at a few rivers on the way to Queenstown and caught a few browns also.

Chozza and Archer enjoying walking a stream near Twizel

Chozza and Archer enjoying walking a stream near Twizel

While in Queenstown we spent a few days being guided by Adam and Kristina of Stray South Outfitters.

Willow grubbing trout what a great challenge in tight country a big thanks to Adam and Kristina.

Willow grubbing trout what a great challenge in tight country a big thanks to Adam and Kristina.

Fishing in Queenstown, New Zealand

Fishing in Queenstown, New Zealand


Product of the Month

The New stella 2019 has been released looks like another great reel from Shimano.


Video of the Month

Murray cod, Australia’s largest exclusively freshwater fish, can eat a full-grown duck in one hit. They are the apex predator of our inland rivers.
Join the Aussie Fly Fisher crew as they chase down the ultimate prize: the elusive one metre Goodoo on fly.With hard hits, wild Aussie landscapes, and clear water sight-fishing, this is Murray cod as you’ve never seen them before.

Thanks for reading our newsletter see below for some pics from November trips.

Tight Lines

Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
M 0407627850
fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au