April 2019 Fishing Report and Newsletter

April serves up mixed weather and fishing

April proved to be a fishy month once again with some great fishing on offer. With a change of seasons now  happening, we look forward to seeing some winter weather. Longtail tuna have been the most consistent species and look like they will be here in numbers until at least June.

Easter School holiday fishing fun with Bailey and Baxter

Easter School holiday fun with Bailey and Baxter

Other species that were active in April were golden trevally, big queenfish, spanish mackerel and cobia. Inshore a few coral trout and cod were taken on the shallow reefs along with small trevally. We some great queenfish bites with explosive takes on the surface. At times a few big spanish mackerel were in with the queenfish.

Don and Ruth with a top water double

Don and Ruth with a top water double

Paul and Bailey with a cobia

Paul and Bailey with a cobia

Inshore coral trout

Inshore coral trout

The longtail tuna at times were thick with anglers enjoying targeting them on a range of techniques. Soft plastics are always a good reliable way to target them with sinking stick baits also dynamite on the longtails.

Zman streakz and jerkshads the go to lure

Zman streakz and jerkshads the go to lure

Fly anglers didn’t miss out with surf candys the go to fly at present. Matching the hatch at times has been critical, which can be done much easier on saltwater fly tackle giving fly anglers an advantage. Queenfish on the flats were another target for fly anglers with big runs and jumps they are always a favourite with guests.

Don with a longtail on fly

Don with a longtail on fly

sport fisherman's dream

sport fisherman’s dream

Mac tuna rewarding on the fly, Insun enjoying his time in HB

Mac tuna rewarding on the fly, Insun enjoying his time in HB

Blown out day saw us in the fresh Alex from the UK with a barra on fly

Blown out day saw us in the fresh Alex from the UK with a barra on fly

Winter is now fast approaching and we will begin to target golden trevally, snapper and longtail tuna deeper in the water column. We will also see our winter trevallys turn up on some of the reefs providing some great sport and fun on light tackle.

Golden trevally from April, we will continue to target goldens through winter

Golden trevally from April, we will continue to target goldens through winter

Snapper season is upon us, once the water temp drops we should see a few turn up.

Snapper season is upon us, once the water temp drops we should see a few turn up.

 


 

Snapper Season 2019

Make sure you get in early to secure your chance at targeting our inshore snapper. Our snapper are generally in shallow water 8-20 m and pull hard all the way to the boat. If you are interested in targeting snapper be in touch to secure your dates. fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

 


 

Catch of the Month

Josh takes out fish of the month with an epic battle on light spin tackle. This longtail around 12-13 kg was a handful, Josh showed his patience guiding it into the net after some nervous moments.

Catch of the Month for April 2019!

Catch of the Month for April 2019!

 


 

Product of the Month

2019 Shimano Stella 

The Stella SW represents the pinnacle of innovation for Shimano reel technology and fish-fighting performance. For 2019, this flagship series has been upgraded and released in 8000, 10000 and 14000 sizes. For increased power and enhanced durability, this series features a range of upgrades.
Available in stores March 2019.

 


 

Other News

Fly Fishing Casting Days With Peter Morse

Learn from Australia’s Best !

Dates for this year’s clinic are Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of June 2019 in conjunction with the team at Fisho’s Tackle World Hervey Bay.

This is a great opportunity for existing fly fisho’s to tweak their casting ability and for newcomers to learn to cast using the correct techniques, not falling into any bad habits as they are often harder to correct.

Peter is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Fly Casting Instructor with over 40 years of fly-fishing experience in fresh and saltwater. Peter has been teaching fly casting for over 25 years and is a Sage and RIO ambassador.

Each day begins at 8:00am and ends at 4:00pm with a cost of $150 per day, a $50 deposit must be taken to secure your spot as there is a maximum of 10 participants per day.

This year we will also be hosting a FREE informal talk night on Friday 31st of May from 6pm, where Peter will talk about his book “A few Great Flies and How to Fish Them” incorporating demonstrations on how to tie some of these fly patterns. There will also be time for Q&A on all things fly fishing. Spots are limited to 40 people for the talk night.

Contact the team NOW at Fisho’s Tackle World Hervey Bay on (07) 4128 1022 to reserve your spot and for further details.

Morsie with a barra

Morsie with a barra

 


 

New Guide Joins The Team

John Mallard has been guiding with us for over 6 months now and has become a valuable member of the team.

Welcome new guide, John Mallard

Welcome new guide, John Mallard

John, originally from the UK, grew up on the banks of the River Nene in Northamton.

John targeted species like bream, redfin, pike and carp on his local waters along with fly fishing for trout. Competition fishing was a big part of his early fishing where he learnt some great skills he now uses today.

Since moving out to Australia in 2012 he has spent every spare moment learning and fishing our local waters on the Fraser Coast. After obtaining enough sea time on commercial line fishing vessels and learning some handy fishing techniques along the way, he completed his open coxswains and now is a full time fishing guide.

John also runs a guiding business when he is not working with us he is guiding out of Tin Can Bay, which is around 1.5 hrs south of Hervey Bay. John will be guiding out of Lill Man a 6 m Hooker centre console.

 


 

Federal Election 2019

Labor’s marine park lock outs will have a huge impact on recreational and commercial fishers around Australia. At this election there is a clear choice for fishers.


 

This Weeks Weather

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

Tight Lines

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