December Fishing Report and Newsletter

December gives us some great weather and sensational fishing!

Can you believe we’re in the year 2020! Where has the time gone…let alone the past year?? Happy New Year to everyone and I hope it has been a great start to the year for you!

Australia has been doing it tough with the bush fires down south causing so much damage to the natural environment and property. Our hearts go out to the people and lives lost during this tough time down there. All the best to those effected and we hope you get back on your feet soon.

Australian Bushfires - January 2020

The world famous Image for capturing the devastation, taken by Matthew Abbott.

The Fishing 

After a fairly windy spring, summer has turned it on!  With the wind shifting into a more easterly flow, it has made for some great conditions on the bay.

Calm days and bent rods

Calm days and bent rods in Hervey Bay

December saw guests get into the spotted mackerel, tuna, trevally and even a few black marlin.
It was a good month overall with hardly a day lost due to weather which was a great change from a breezy November period. We had some great captures including some nice longtail tuna on the flats.

William with a spotty mackerel great fun through December

William with a spotty mackerel great fun through December

Trophy longtail on the flats for Paul

Trophy longtail on the flats for Paul

Working deeper in the water column we picked up golden trevally, the odd cobia, tea leaf and bludger trevally.
With multiple guides out daily we were in the thick of the action, the extra eyes on the water certainly gives our guests the best experience on offer.

Bludger trevally caught jigging under the bait balls

Bludger trevally caught jigging under the bait balls

Fly anglers also enjoyed a few nice sessions on the flats targeting golden trevally with fish to 7 kg caught by fly anglers. Long accurate casts were necessary but if the fly was in the right spot we got the bite.

Golden Trevally caught on fly.

Golden Trevally caught on fly.

Over the next few months, we will continue to see some good fishing and it wont be long before our longtail season kicks in.  Longtail tuna from 5- 10 kg will begin to move in and start rounding up the bait. This is some of the best top water fishing you can experience, so don’t miss out!  Other species to target will be queenfish, school mackerel and broad bar mackerel. These species seem to move in with the longtails. Our regular population of golden trevally will also be active as they join in feeding under the tuna schools.

Longtail season is upon us!

Longtail season is upon us email us for rates and dates.

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Black Marlin Run 2019

The Black Marlin continued through December with a late run of fish. Gary Engel travelled from Florida USA to catch one of our shallow water marlins. While being amazed by the skinny water and landscapes, we got the job done in style with this great fish landed in the shallows.

Gary with the Prize

Gary with the Prize

Dillon from Brisbane also landed a cracking fish of around 55kg while being guided by Pete. After an hour battle they landed this amazing marlin!  Well done to Pete and the boys on such an epic catch.

Marlin fishing charters Hervey Bay Fly and Sport Fishing

Less than 10 months left until they arrive again!  Make sure you book early to secure your spot for the 2020 season.

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Catch of The Month

Paul Taylor takes out December's catch of the month

Paul Taylor takes out December’s catch of the month

Paul Taylor takes out December’s catch of the month with this cracking golden trevally caught on fly.
This fish was a stubborn one with a long epic battle on the flats. Well done mate, it was a pleasure again to guide you.


Product Talk

Nashys Custom Lures

We have been using Nashys Lures for awhile now and with longtail season upon us they will be our go-to stick bait. He now has a website up and running which you can order from online. They have a great action and are very simple to use. Longtails just cant swim past them. Nashys custom stickbaits are Australian hand made and resin based. Their range of lures can be used for most styles of fishing, from reef flats to deepwater and rivers. See their website to stock up for 2020

Nashys Custom Lures

Nashys Custom Lures


Come Join us and Fish Christmas Island 2020

We are hosting another group again in 2020 at the Villages Christmas Island.

The Villages Lodge is widely recognised as the premier bonefishing Lodge on Christmas Island. The villages is the only Lodge on the Island that offers one guide for every angler for your entire stay at no extra charge. This will guarantee that you won’t have any down time on the flats and will definitely have more opportunities to cast to and catch more fish.

Fishing Christmas Island in 2020

Fishing Christmas Island in 2020

There is more to Christmas Island than just bonefish. GT’s, bluefin trevally, trigger fish, milk fish, lady fish, yellowfin tuna, sailfish and more can all be targeted in and around the lagoon.

Christmas Island Fishing Charters by Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

Christmas Island Fishing Charters by Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

Dates for our 2020 Trip will be the 26 August to the 2nd of September

Trip Inclusions:

  • Six and a half days fishing. Your first day fish 10am–4-30pm, other days 7am-4-30pm. Fishing on departure day can be arranged at a small extra cost
  • All meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Outrigger skiffs or fibreglass sportfishing boat to the flats or outside the lagoon (Bluewater)
  • One guide for each angler
  • Comprehensive set of briefing notes plus email/phone support to assist you to prepare
  • The option of truck transport to fish the reef flats at Korean Wreck
  • Air conditioned, twin share accommodation fronting the lagoon.

If you are interested in joining our group in 2020 please email us for any further information or to book your spot.

For more information about the Villages and Christmas Island visit

Guide Life

New Year's Day session on the salmon! Chozz with the first fish for 2020 - fishing Hervey Bay

New Year’s Day session on the salmon! Chozz with the first fish for 2020


Guide Snaps 

There have been some cracking sunsets... this one was from a dam barra session.

There have been some cracking sunsets… this one was from a dam barra session.

Two fish one lure

Two fish one lure


Joke Corner 

Jokes of the week

What’s The Difference Between A Fish And A Piano?
You can’t tuna fish.


Fisho’s Bush Fire Appeal 

We are a bunch of Fisho’s joining together to raise as many funds as possible to help those affected by the 2019 Australian Bushfires.

It is no news to you all, how tragic these bushfires are and have been to families around Australia over these past few months. So far 6.3 million hectares have been burnt, 25 people have lost their lives included two volunteer fire fighters and over 1300 homes have been destroyed. This is absolutely devastating. These fires are still burning out of control with conditions continuing to worsen.

Please help us in raising as much money as we can to support those affected by this tragedy.
Please Donate to the below link

Also a big thanks to the companies behind the Fisho’s appeal. There were some great prizes donated to go towards motivating people to donate. We gave away a Full Day Guided Fishing as part of the prize pack. Those prizes have now been claimed but please help us continue to raise much needed funds.

The companies involved …

Big thanks to Jess and Chris Nash of Nashys Custom Lures for getting right behind it and getting everyone on board. With now over $57 000 raised it’s a great contribution by the fishing community.  Well done to everyone that has donated so far.

Thanks for reading our newsletter!  See below for pics from our recent charters

Tight Lines 

Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
M 0407627850