October & November 2019 Fishing Report

October and November Serve Up Mixed Weather and Fishing 

The past few months have seen a contrast from very calm and hot conditions, to a complete blow out from the north west. A few of the windier days were spent hiding around the bay islands and in the estuaries. We had a few good sessions with threadfin salmon, which was a nice way to spend a windy day. The threadys ranged from 60 cm to over the magic meter mark. Around the bay we targeted species like queenfish, cod, coral trout, various trevally, flathead, grunter and more.

Marcello with a threadfin salmon

Marcello with a threadfin salmon

Out on the Bay we had some great encounters with big cobia, particularly in October. These brutes test our tackle, and plenty of patience and good angling are required to land them. We had a good session jigging these monsters with 40-60g jigs getting the best results and providing plenty of fun.  Soft plastics are also very effective with the big cobia often chasing them all the way to the boat.

Jake with an epic cobia, hervey bay fly and sportfishing

Jake with an epic cobia

Our spring and summer species have also now arrived, and it won’t be long before we start to see some serious bait ball action from spotted mackerel.  Macs, longtail tuna and golden trevally have been around the bait and have given us some great sessions. Guests have been enjoying targeting these species on both lure and fly tackle.

Warren Holm from NZ with a mac tuna caught on fly. Fly anglers lapped up the surface action

Warren Holm from NZ with a mac tuna caught on fly. Fly anglers lapped up the surface action

A few spottys showing up with the first fish usually better size

A few spottys showing up with the first fish usually better size

Cooper Holm with a solid golden trevally caught in shallow water.

Cooper Holm with a solid golden trevally caught in shallow water.

The summer season will be a bumper one again by the looks, lets hope the weather plays the game and lets us enjoy what we have on offer in this beautiful part of the world.  Spotted mackerel, mac tuna, longtail tuna and more will certainly kick into gear on the surface over the coming months.

Ashley with a solid Cod

Ashley with a solid Cod

If you are interested in some summer sport fishing, please email us fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au to reserve your spot!

Black Marlin Run 2019

We had a hot and cold season this year on the small blacks with some good periods and some quiet ones through the past few months. They seemed to run a little later than usual this year, but there were a small amount in the early season. A lot came down to finding the right water and being there at the right time.  As always, lots of effort, time and patience goes into every bill-fish session and we were rewarded with some amazing days here and there.  Our best days were 2.2.2 on fly and 5.3.3 on conventional with most other days generally seeing only single fish. This might not sound that great to some, but as bill fishing goes…..any day one is landed is a good day.

Nick with a black marlin caught on fly tackle.

Nick with a black marlin caught on fly tackle.

Airborne black marlin - fishing hervey bay!


Anglers enjoyed targeting these marlin on conventional and fly tackle.  We hooked fish in both deep and shallow water with a few coming off the flats.  There is every chance these remarkable fish could remain in our waters over the next few weeks, so if you would like a shot at one, please be in touch for more details.  Email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Conventional anglers didn't miss out.

Conventional anglers didn’t miss out.


Catch Of The Month

David takes out the Catch of the Month with this monster cobia!!  Well done mate!

David takes out the Catch of the Month with this monster cobia!!

Congratulations IFish On 500 Episodes  

A big congratulations to Paul, Christy, Jet and the IFish team for producing 500 episodes of IFish.
That achievement is a labour of love and is certainly countless hours of hard work to bring the best fishing to television. We are honoured to be a small part of it along the way and all the very best for the future to the team at IFish. Well done guys!  See their website for latest airing times http://ifishtv.net/

Product Talk

New Shimano Terez

We use Terez rods daily in our charters and strongly recommend them.

The Terez series of rods has built up a tough as nails reputation amongst Aussie anglers. For 2019, the Terez series has been upgraded by the engineers at Shimano and now features the exclusive Spiral-X and Hi-Power X blank technology. Extremely lightweight and powerful, the 23 model line-up features models based on the original Terez series, with additional models based on the actions from the TCurve Bluewater and Deep Jig models. Shaped EVA grips and custom Shimano reel seats have been incorporated and the blanks are fitted with Fuji BKW Alconite framed guides to ensure durability and performance in saltwater conditions. See the Shimano range of Rods and Reels here  https://www.shimanofish.com.au/


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 vouchers from $250 for a half day guided fishing trip available.

Grab one of our gift cards this Christmas!

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

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

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


  • 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. fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

For more information about the Villages and Christmas Island visit https://in2fly.com.au/

Guide Life

When a shark wants the fish more than you do.

When a shark wants the fish more than you do!


Guide Snaps

Sunset with Deceiver at anchor.

Sunset with Deceiver at anchor.

Joke Corner

Joke of the week

Why is it so easy to weigh fish?
I don’t know. Why?
Because they have their own scales!


Willem Powerfish- 3 metre flatty 

It’s not for everyone…but this guy is a YouTube sensation and a hell of laugh.
See the video below

Thanks for reading our newsletter see below for pics from our recent charters

Tight Lines 

Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
M 0407627850