Report 4/7/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 4/7/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:03 pm

It has been a busy few months for us at HBFSF. May and June were huge with plenty of guests and some great fishing. The weather has been patchy, but we have managed to get out most days. The Sandy Straits provided some good all weather options for us.

Inshore mac tuna in the Sandy Straits on the fly.

Species we encountered through May and June included broad bar, Spanish and school makerel, golden trevally, queenfish, cod, longtail and mac tuna, cobia,snapper,flathead, various trevally species and more.

Big queenfish during May
Shane with a big Cobia

We had some fantastic fishing at times on the broad bar mackerel. Broady's love a metal slug spun at high speed and are an impressive catch when the bigger fish come out and play. Snapper have started to move into the bay now and have been better since mid June We also had some good days on big lontail tuna and golden trevally.

Chris with a broad bar mackerel

Dave with a solid golden

Snapper are a great Aussie sportfish

Winter Longtails
There has been a fantastic run of winter longtail tuna this year. The small bait in the bay has been in good numbers and is found in both Platypus Bay and the Sandy Straits. The presence of all this bait has kept the tuna about making for some hot sessions. Both lure and fly anglers have enjoyed the surface action with mac tuna and longtails frequently mixing together in the schools. Through July I would expect to see them taper off a bit, but there should still be enough about for a bit of fun.

Ben with a solid longtail tuna
Stick baiting a few for fun on NC Lures

Andrew Chorley

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