May 2019 Fishing Report and Newsletter

May 2019 Dishes Up Some Tough Weather

Very average conditions through May made for some tough fishing. May is normally a good month for decent weather, but 2019 dished up some persistent easterly winds with heavy showers and rain.This made fishing tough with the wider grounds out of range most of the time . Lucky, we had some good surface action along the island which gave guests some great fishing in reasonable conditions.

Olivia with her first longtail tuna on a Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing charter

Olivia with her first longtail tuna caught on a zman streakz in electric chicken

Through May we saw some good catches of longtail and mac tuna. The schools were a little tough with sinking the soft plastics deep the best way to get a bite. Fly was another good option, being able to match the hatch that little bit easier made a big difference.

Dave Leathwick from NZ proving matching the hatch is easy on fly

Dave Leathwick from NZ proving matching the hatch is easy on fly

Golden trevally were also about with a few nice goldens coming from under the tuna schools and on some of the small inshore reefs. We also had some reasonable bottom fish bites with scarlets, coral trout,cod and painted sweetlip in the mix.

Big golden trevally giving guests a battle

Big golden trevally giving guests a battle

Scarlet's turning up on the reefs

Scarlet’s turning up on the reefs

Mel with a queenfish caught on a soft plastic fished deep

Mel with a queenfish caught on a soft plastic fished deep

Mackerel are another species that become a little more regular on the reefs this time of year. School, Spanish and grey mackerel hold up and begin to move in through June. Spinning metals is always a good option when other species go a little quiet and make for a tasty feed for guests.

Grey mackerel one of the tasty mackerels

Grey mackerel one of the tasty mackerels

We are now in more of a winter pattern with south westerly winds now becoming more regular and hopefully clear skies. This will bring down the water temp which is much needed to trigger some of our winter species. Snapper are on the mind of many guests as we head into winter fingers crossed for a good season ahead. June will also see more mackerel catches, longtail tuna deep in the water column a few reef species along bread and butter species like flathead and bream. Wont be long before the whales start to show up with reports of one already in the Bay. The humpbacks add another great element to a fun day on the water as they put on a good show while we are fishing.

Diamond trevally a winter catch while targeting snapper and other species deep in the water column

Diamond trevally a winter catch while targeting snapper and other species deep in the water column

We still have availability for the winter season if you are wanting to escape the cold of the southern states it is a great time of year up here with mild sunny days and some good fishing on offer. Please email us for rates and dates email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Winter is snapper time

Winter is snapper time

 


 

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

Frances takes out the catch of the month with a big longtail tuna. Frances travelled from the UK with her family and enjoyed fishing the Fraser Coast while out in Australia. Great fish Frances.

Frances takes out the catch of the month with a big longtail tuna.

Frances takes out the catch of the month with a big longtail tuna.

 


 

October – November Black Marlin

It’s not far away now our popular black marlin season is approaching. Crews fishing outside have reported good aggregations for the winter offshore run. If it’s any indication we should have a great season inside during spring with fish on the flats a must see for any sport or fly fisherman. We still have availability please email us for rates and dates fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Flats black marlin the ultimate flats challenge

Flats black marlin the ultimate flats challenge

 


 

Product of the Month 

2019 Shimano Stradic

The latest evolution in the Stradic range brings anglers into the next generation of fishing. This evolution brings with it improved casting, smoother reeling and increased durability, The Stradic outperforms all of its predecessors. For the first time in the Stradic class, the reel now features Silent Drive, Micromodule Gear II and a Long Stroke Spool for better casting distance. Durability has been further improved with increased gear strength and X-Protect water resistance.

 


 

HBFSF Latest Edit

Spiro and the boys fished 3 days with us and enjoyed some great fishing and weather. Enjoy a little clip our in house editor Taz Jefferys put together.

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

Tight Lines 

Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
M 0407 627 850
fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au