Fishing Hervey Bay

The premium playground for sports fishing in the Queensland area!

Situated in Hervey Bay Queensland, AUSTRALIA. Hervey Bay is known as the recreational fishing capital of Queensland and the Whale Watching Capital of the World.

We provide a some great fishing information to anglers of all ages and experience, you can choose from budget half-day luring trips for the busy professional to full day luring/trolling/casting sole charters, and even custom fishing safaris anywhere from Fraser Island to The Great Barrier Reef!

The Hervey Bay area provides a smorgasbord of fish that live and breed in the rivers and protected waterways of this area. With specialized charters in lure and reef fishing, they will tailor your charter to your specific interests, to make your experience one you’ll never forget. Hervey Bay is one of the world’s hottest fishing destinations.

Every level of fishing experience is considered, from the absolute novice to the seasoned angler. If you want to enjoy the sunshine and just reel’em in or desire to do it all at once they will look after you.

The our website will provide you with information for planning your fishing trip in Hervey Bay. You will find an explanation of light tackle angling, descriptions of common fish species and rates and general charter information.

Our guests’ favourite fishing spots include: Big Woody, Artificial Reef , Fraser Island both Beaches and Creeks, The Pier And Gatakers Bay.

COBIA: Cobia are found in passes, bays, and among mangroves and are often seen around buoys, pilings, wrecks and other structure. Cobia are common to 30 pounds and the Bay record is 25kg. These fish are spring and early summer spawners and feed on crabs, squid and a variety of baitfish. Cobia are commonly found riding the backs of stingrays as they cruise along and stir up the small fish and crabs that live in the grass and sand. Cobia feed on small fish, crabs, shrimp and are commonly landed on artificial lures.

Chasing the Tailor

Every year between late August and late October Fraser Island has it’s second biggest population explosion (the first being Christmas). It’s the annual run of the tailor. The breeding pattern of the tailor see them move to the warmer waters of Queensland from down south. They move up the coast with the pilot fish (so called because of their size and ability to swim faster) taking the lead and arriving at Indian Head around September.

Indian Head is located three quarters of the way up the eastern side of the island it is the start of a bay formation ending at Waddy Point. Middle Rocks jut out of the beach halfway between these two points. September is a closed month for fishing from Indian Head to Waddy, a decision that has seen the number of tailor return to a reasonable amount of stock after years of over fishing.

I can remember seeing four wheel drives heading down the beach pulling trailers with so many fish that they had no chance of keeping them chilled, just covered with a tarp, tails sticking out. There is unfortunately this macho image that says “the more fish you catch the bigger the man”.

These sort of blokes are usually the ones that drive drunk up and down the beach, leave their garbage for the Rangers to clean up and refuse to use four wheel drive on the tracks. This latter one gets me angry again as we see yet another example of the macho bloke proving to his mates that his big 4X4 can go any where even in 2X4. They don’t stop to think that they are destroying the tracks for all those that come after them due to their axle tramping (caused by the vehicle jumping as it tries to get traction).

It is not unheard of to have three or four blokes take up to 500 fish in a weeks stay. This is a pointless act with total disregard and lack of understanding for fish management. The best times to fish are the early mornings and late afternoons.

Tailor move in schools and feed on any smaller fish. Tailor are also the only fish that I have heard of that will eat until they vomit and then carry on eating. It is this vomit and fish scraps that attract the sea birds, these birds are the signal to a vigilant fisherman where the schools are feeding.

There is nothing more disappointing though when they are feeding just past the last breaker and you can only cast as far as just before the last breaker.

Fishing Restrictions

Don’t forget; Bay fishing restrictions for the month of August through to September. The eastern foreshore waters and waters within 400m out to sea from the eastern shore at low water, between 400m north of Waddy Point and 400m south of Indian Head are closed from midday 1 August to midday 30 September.

The Bay Fishing

December brings a transition time for fish with the changing weather patterns and increasing number of bait fish on the west coast of Fraser Island. I love this time of year as you can judge the health of the marine system buy what you see on the water. To date we have been encountering schools of small Tailor rounding up the juvenile hardy heads and behind the tailor are schools of GT’s and Golden Trevally.

There is not a lot of size in the Trevally as yet but excellent fun on light gear with some of the bigger fish finding their way home to the structure. I have recently come into possession of a new spin stick by Gary Howard and am very impressed by the craftsmanship and ability of the rod to handle some of the bigger fish on offer. I’ve only had the rod for three weeks and have mainly been using soft plastics to catch and release many tailor, flathead and Trevally.

There are some good schools of Mac Tuna in the Bay at present fattening up on the acres of bait fish around. Macs are great fun to catch on any tackle but the hardest part is finding lures or plastics the same size as the bait fish. The fly fisherman will be having a field day. This will also be a start to the Northern Bluefin Tuna this month and right through to March next year. Early this year the old bearded burbler and i had five

Longtails to the boat in a space of 2 hours. You know you’ve had a good day on the water when your forearms ache and you have some of the freshest sushi plated up with a nice beverage or two to tame down the wassabi. I have been in contact with lots of people who have been having huge success with the Game Fishing at the top of the Island so it mite be worth checking out also.

More Whiting Biting

There are a lot of whiting showing up along most of the yabbie beds from McKenzie’s Jetty to Dundonga creek and right along the western side of Fraser. I am hoping the proposed zoning in these areas will try and keep the net fisherman out and let the system rejuvenate to its full potential for all to enjoy.

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