August & September 2019 Fishing Report

August and September Turn it On As The Season Changes 

What an epic few months!  With the reasonable weather, guests experienced some great fishing. The back end of winter saw some good longtail tuna move in along with solid mac tuna, golden trevally, queenfish and more.

Snapper were a little late this year, but August proved the better month from the winter period and we had some amazing sessions.  An early August spawning migration came alive and fed well for us for a few weeks. The big snapper in our shallower 10-20m water certainly pulled hard and proved a ton of fun for anglers.  We presented a range of lure offerings this season from prawn imitations, vibes, soft plastics and trolled hard-bodied lures. Each technique worked and changing it up produced great results.

Bryce with a snapper

Bryce with a snapper

Hayden with a snapper taken on a Zerek prawn imitation

Hayden with a snapper taken on a Zerek prawn imitation

Big longtail tuna also provided lots of fun and a challenge for guests. These winter fish can get BIG – up to 20 kg is not uncommon. Good angling techniques and tackle can make short work of the fight, and ensure a safe, sound release. We have been using slightly heavier rods of late, including the Shimano Grappler PE3 7 ft spin stick.

Big longtails were a winter trophy

Big longtails were a winter trophy

Around the yakka schools we also found some quality golden trevally, cobia and mac tuna. Sinking the lure deep around the yakka schools provided some excellent catches . As usual the ever reliable Zman 5 inch StreakZ was the stand out lure.

Big golden caught by Dave deep under some yakka

Big golden caught by Dave deep under some yakka

We also had a good winter on the flats with some nice fish caught by sight casting on lure and fly. Golden trevally, GT’s and diamond trevally were the usual catches when tides and conditions suited.

Flats Goldens! So much fun in skinny water

Flats Goldens! So much fun in skinny water

The Months Ahead 

The months ahead will see an increase in pelagic activity.  Already we have seen the surface become more active with school size longtails and mac tuna appearing in good numbers.  Black marlin start to appear in mid October and will be the ultimate spring time trophy.  Spotted mackerel will be a great target as they move into the bay to feed on the small bait around mid November.  Closer inshore, the flats will start to fire up with golden trevally, queenfish and giant trevally chasing baitfish in the warmer water.  The local reefs will start to swarm with cod, painted sweetlip, coral trout and grass sweetlip; all the best eating fish the Bay has to offer.

If you’d like to come and experience a great day on the water the spring with the most knowledgeable guides Hervey Bay has to offer, please email us!

Spotty time is just around the corner!

Spotty time is just around the corner!

Black Marlin Run 2019 

Yep it’s that time of year spring is almost here and from October through to December we will be seeking out our famous juvenile black marlin. If you are interested in targeting these great sport fish on lure or fly please be in touch. email


Catch Of The Month 

Paul takes out catch of the month with this solid Diamond trevally well done Paul !

Paul takes out catch of the month with this solid Diamond trevally well done Paul!


Guides Trip North 

We recently done a trip up north chasing black spot tusk fish on the flats along with a range of other species.
Tusk fish are one of the ultimate challenges on fly, they are very visual, found in skinny water and go like a freight train. Below is a clip of a capture of one of the fish from the trip. We will be offering trips further north in 2020 more details to come.


Product Talk 

New Squidgie specialist rods

Squidgies were the lures that kicked off the soft plastics revolution in Australia, and now there’s a suite of specialist rods available to fish them to their very best. There are 10 rods in the range, covering everything from light baitcasting through to ultra-light, light, medium, estuary, barra, and offshore spin options. RRP: $159.95


Christmas Gift Vouchers  

It’s that time of the year with just a few months to go until the big guy comes.
Our Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift idea. With gift Vouchers from $250 for a half day guided fishing trip available.


Guide Life

Archer just letting Dad know that Coral trout are number one


Joke Corner 

One day, two guys Frank and Bob were out fishing.

A funeral service passes over the bridge they’re fishing by, and Bob takes off his hat and puts it over his heart. He does this until the funeral service passes by.

Frank then said, “Gee Bob, I didn’t know you had it in you!”

Bob then replies, “It’s the least I could do. After all, I was married to her for 30 years.”





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Tight Lines 

Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
M 0407627850