Report 12/4/19

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Report 12/4/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:35 pm

What a mad month March was, with almost the whole month seeing some near perfect weather. The lack of wind and hot sunny days certainly saw water temps stay hot. We had water temps at a steady 29c which is unheard of for March.

With the warmer temps we have seen a good run of yellow fin tuna which a few guests got to enjoy. Other blue water species such as stripped tuna, sailfish and marlin have also been spotted. Inshore the longtail tuna have been in good numbers and have been falling to a number of presentations. Stick baits, pencil poppers, zman soft plastics and gillies slugs all got plenty of attention from the longtails.

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Rainbow runners are a rare catch for inside waters

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A nice yellow fin tuna falls to a NC custom stick bait

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Spiro got 3 tuna species in one day


We have had some great bait balls with queenfish, mac tuna, longtail tuna GT’s, spanish mackerel and more getting into the bait.

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Tuna, sharks and more get into the bait


Guests also enjoyed some big cobia action this month with cobes to 30 kg landed. Tackling the big cobes on light gear can be challenging. With patience we have had some great success in landing and releasing these big bulls of the sea. The cobia have been caught on soft plastics and stick baits, with some great surface bites on a few occasions.

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Juan takes out catch of the month with a solid cobia -- a new PB for him.


Big golden trevally were also a feature during March with fish to 1m landed. Again it’s hard to go past a zman streakz worked along the bottom for these guys they just cant resist it. Along with the goldens our spawning aggregations of queenfish have started to arrive. Big queen fish to 115 cm have been landed with fly and lure anglers getting into the action. Mackerel, various trevallys, coral trout, painted sweetlip, scarlets and more were caught during march.

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Bryan with his first ever golden trevally


April and May will continue to see some more action on the surface with the size of the longtails getting slightly better. Queenfish will be active with pencil poppers providing some great surface strikes.

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A trophy size longtail tuna

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A donkey Queenfish on fly for Colin


We still have some dates left through the next few months, so if you are interested in some Autumn fishing get in touch. Email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au for rates and dates.

Andrew Chorley

Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
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