February Fishing Report and Newsletter

February Serves Up Mixed Conditions

Overall, we enjoyed some great conditions in February with just a few days or so of heavy rain. Other areas just to the south got a lot more rain then we did. The fresh still made its way through the river systems giving the straits and bay a much needed push of fresh water.

Kurt with a big cobia

Kurt with a big cobia

With the freshwater push, inshore species like queenfish, golden trevally, longtail tuna etc fired up.  Working the dirty water line, we saw some longtail tuna get stuck into the bait with golden trevally deeper in the water column.

Richard with a longtail tuna caught during sea trials on our guide Pete Fry's new vessel

Richard with a longtail tuna caught during sea trials on our guide Pete Fry’s new vessel

The local inshore reefs also produced well, with some good reef species on offer.  Coral trout, cod, sweetlip and slatey bream fire up when we see a push of freshwater with all the extra bait being flushed out.

Dinner is served...Andy with a nice trout

Dinner is served…Andy with a nice trout

 

Autumn season is now upon us

Well Autumn is here and so are the tuna!  Longtail and mac tuna have been making their way into the bay. A range of techniques work well on our reel-burning longtails making them one of the ultimate sportfish on the East Coast of Australia. Fly, soft plastics, stick baits, poppers and more all get the bite from longtails, with topwater methods very popular with our guests.

Along with the tuna, big schools of queenfish have also been harassing bait on the surface,  often busting up in bigger schools than the tuna.  The queenfish have been taking soft plastics along with top water lures.

Chozz with the average size of schooling queenfish

Chozz with the average size of schooling queenfish

The coming months ahead will be a busy time for us with all the exciting fishing opportunities, but we do still have some availability.  For your chance to get onto some great sport fish this Autumn drop us an email for dates and rates.   Email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Great Fly Fishing On Offer

We have had some great fly fishing on offer of late with flats golden trevally, bastards, queenfish, longtail tuna, mac tuna, cobia about.
International and Australian guests have enjoyed the weather and great fly fishing on offer. Our tuna season is kicking into gear and is a great opportunity to take up one of saltwater fly fishing’s great challenges……a longtail tuna on fly.

Golden trevally on fly

Golden trevally on fly

Diamond trevally on fly...a welcome sight on the flats

Diamond trevally on fly…a welcome sight on the flats

 

Finney scad in the mix

Finney scad in the mix

Charles with a queenfish on the fly

Charles with a queenfish on the fly

 

Catch Of The Month

Charles takes out catch of the month with this Golden trevally on fly

Charles takes out catch of the month with this Golden trevally on fly

 

This Week’s Weather

 

Product Talk

New for 2020, the Zodias has undergone a significant upgrade and now features Shimano’s exclusive Carbon Monocoque Butt for the ultimate in sensitivity. The Full Carbon Monocoque rod butt is made of a hollow carbon construction, eliminating the use of EVA from the rear grip. This results in a very lightweight construction that is extremely sensitive and improves vibration transmission through the rod blank to your hand when working a lure. To provide the exact balance between power and finesse, the 2020 Zodias continues to feature Shimano’s Hi-Power X graphite blank and Ci4+ Reel Seat and upgraded Fuji Stainless Alconite K guides with a SiC tip.

Shimano Zodias - Product Talk

Shimano Zodias – Product Talk

CAST Jigs

Recently, we have been getting some great results using the 40g and 60g CAST jigs.

The Panty Dropper - CAST Jigs

The Panty Dropper – CAST Jigs

The Panty Dropper is the first model released in the “On The Drop” range of Cast micro jigs and now PROVEN fish slayer!  A slow jigging model in 7 sizes and 8 colours (all with Lumo) that gets bit! Use em in the salt and the fresh!

20g and 30g Available in Herring and Mini Pilly

All colours available in 40g, 60g, 80g, 100g & 150g.

See their tackle at https://castmag.co/

 

Our Latest video

 

Guide Life

Chozz going in after a golden trevally that went around a mangrove

Chozz going in after a golden trevally that went around a mangrove

The umbrella was out a bit in February...some hot still days on the water!

The umbrella was out a bit in February…some hot still days on the water!

 

Joke Corner

 

Local Fishing Destination Promotion

With coronavirus putting the breaks on many overseas trips now is a good time to holiday locally.  If you want a holiday and escape the crowds, why not book a fishing holiday in Australia?  Let’s support the local tourism industry as it will be certainly taking a big hit over the coming months. In the coming weeks we will be introducing some new exciting self drive packages that will include the Gladstone region as a destination. Your adventure will include fishing Hervey Bay with our professional guides, then taking a short 4 hour drive up to Tannum Sands to fish Lake Awoonga for the mighty barramundi with Justin Nye and his team at Gladstone Fly and Sportfishing. Together we will offer the perfect fishing escape!!!  More details coming soon!

Chozz and Justin with the mighty Awoonga barramundi, if you are interested in our promotion please send us an email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au
We will be doing a formal email about the promotion in the next few weeks.

Thanks for reading our newsletter!

Please feel free to contact us about anything we may be able to help you with.

See below for pics from our recent charters.

Tight Lines

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