Report 7/9/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 7/9/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:24 am

Well that’s Winter done and dusted for another year. Each winter just seems to get bigger and bigger with so many guests enjoying our great winter fishery. Sunny warm glass out days were enjoyable particularly for anglers from down south. We saw a quitter than usual run of snapper but still managed some cracking specimens.

Some great specimens hitting the deck.

Fishing soft plastics worked well on the snapper with the old faithful 5 inch electric chicken getting results. Guests also enjoyed some big golden trevally as bycatch when chasing snapper along with queenfish, tea leaf trevally,grunter,mac tuna and longtails.

Goldens schooling with snapper.

Winter longtails were also a highlight with fish over the 130 cm mark landed. These big stubborn demand patience and persistence on light tackle often emptying the spool on the first run. A great reward for guests willing to but in the time.

Solid longtails demand respect.

On the windier days we fished the sandy straits with flathead, trevally and bream keeping us busy on the flats. Working with 6 lb outfits we have enjoyed some great light tackle sportfishing on the flats. Something that is a great option on a windy day.

Flathead fun along the flats.

A few big cobia also about on a few of the reefs challenging guests.

It's spring and that means our pelagics will begin to ramp up. The coming months will see spotted mackerel move into the bay along with our black marlin migration. Numbers always vary year to year so we will not know what sort of season we will have until its upon us.

Black marlin wont be far away.

Mac and longtail tuna will also become more active over the warmer months and will move throughout the bay and onto the northern flats at times in small pods. This will create some great sight fishing opportunities.

Other species like gold and black spot cod, Spanish and school mackerel, golden trevally, diamond trevally and many more will be also about over the coming months.

Spotty mackerel will appear late October through until Christmas.

Andrew Chorley

Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

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