Hervey Bay Fishing Charters October Report

October Rain Means Good Things To Come

Unseasonal rains in October has brought on some interesting fishing conditions. Usually one of the driest months of the year, this October we saw more than 300mm fall right along most of the south east and central parts of Queensland. This has made for plenty of run off with many of the creeks and rivers running fresh. The bay has been dirty the past few weeks but now has begun to clean up with some good fishing ahead of us in the coming months.

Phyl landing a nice cod in a down poor

We did lose some days to weather during October and have experienced some tough days on the water since the rain. With the temps dropping a degree or two this shut down the fish for a few days. Hard work and effort was needed to get a bite, testing both guide and angler.

Plenty of bait getting flushed out after the rain

Mac tuna, longtail tuna, spotty mackerel, golden trevally,snapper, cobia, cod , coral trout,queenfish and more were caught during the month. Some big cobia gave anglers a good work out with one of the biggest I have seen landed a few weeks ago. Mac tuna proved to be fun and challenging as they feed on the small bait.


Queenfish caught on a soft plastic

We have had guests fishing both conventional tackle and fly with fly anglers not missing out getting into the action. The flats have been active with golden trevally, queenfish and Gt’s about. Longtail tuna should start to move onto the flats in the Northern Bay over the coming month along with the chance to get a cast at a free swimming black marlin. This type of sight fishing is world class and is great fun for spin and fly fisherman alike.

Queenfish on the flats

Moving into November we should see our run of spotty mackerel turn up in the second week or so, these fish are always a winner with guests as they are very visual and aggressive. They are also good on the table with guests enjoying taking a few home for a feed. Golden trevally, queenfish,various mackerel and tuna species will also be active. The small black marlin season will also be a draw card for many, it will be interesting to see how the season progresses after recent rains.

Spotty Mackerel are beginning to move in

Closer to port the inshore reefs should become more active, resident Gt’s will pop up here and there along with cod, coral trout, golden trevally, queenfish and more.

Scarlet from a inshore reef

If you are interested in a trip drop us a email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au


Autumn Season 2018

Yep 2017 is almost done and 2018 is coming up fast. Our popular Autumn season is looking bigger than ever in 2018 with plenty of guests getting in early. We will be running all 3 guides and boats daily right through the year so we still have plenty of availability. If you are after some great sportfishing particularly longtail tuna, Autumn is the time to do it. Get in early and book your desired dates to secure some great fishing. fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Autumn see’s great longtail fishing


Mother Shipping 2018

We are putting some groups together for 3 and 4 day mother shipping trips during April and May in 2018. This trips will be fishing out of our guide boats in Platypus Bay and certainly give a unique experience while fishing our region. Keith and Sue look after us with the Mother Ship putting on some great food and hospitality.  If you would like rates and dates for these trips please email us. fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Freedom III with guide boats

Plenty of great food on board


Guides Fish of The Month

Our guides fish of the month go’s to Kev Junker who landed this cracker of a cobia.
This beast was over 50 kg and took 2.5 hours to land. It was great to be a part of it and guide Kev onto such a cracker of a fish.

Kev with a new PB cobia and the best cobia so far for HBFSF


Christmas Gift Vouchers

Not long now !! A popular gift Idea a HBFSF gift voucher is always a winner. We have Half and Full day gift vouchers available.

 This Weeks Weather


A few pics from October charters below

Tight Lines
Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing