Report 16/1/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 16/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:18 am

It's hard to believe that we are now in 2018. We have had a busy December and New Year period and got blessed by some fantastic weather to see the new year in.

Big fish and calm days. Does it get any better?

The fishing was generally good, with plenty of spotted mackerel keeping anglers buys between other species. Small black marlin continued their run right through December with regular sightings and hook ups.

Warren going 3.2.2 on black marlin.

Big golden trevally, queenfish, mackerel,longtail and mac tuna were also about making for some great sessions on the water.

Dave with a longtail tuna.

Working soft plastics under the mackerel schools produced some good captures. Trevally, broad bar mackerel, mac tuna and longtails were hooked under the spotty mackerel schools at times. Guests enjoyed the visual strikes of our spotted mackerel as they ball the bait up. Small slugs were a winner but for those interested in a little more top water action , small stick baits provided some fun.

Bait ball chaos.

A diamond trevally jigged deeper in the water column.

Kingfish working under a mackerel bait ball.

Fly anglers didn’t miss out, the bait balls made for some great fly fishing with longtail tuna, mac tuna and spotted mackerel in the mix. The flats also produced some queenfish, small golden trevally and bastards (aka slatey bream or blackall).

Mac tuna are a great target on saltwater fly tackle.

As we move into January, spotted mackerel will continue to be in good numbers for a few more weeks before they make way for our longtail tuna migration. Judging by the mackerel season I am expecting a healthy longtail tuna season. Queenfish will also begin to turn up in bigger numbers over the coming weeks and will start to show up in a few likely spots. The flats will also see some good fishing for both lure and fly anglers as golden trevally, queenfish, bastards and longtail tuna move across them.

Queenfish will be more abundant over autumn.

Boat Ramp Upgrades Urangan
There will be some upgrades at the ramps we use at Urangan over the coming months, below is from the State Government website on what they are doing. This will impact us a little bit with possibly longer wait times at the ramp as they will shut one of the two ramps down at a time.

The current boat ramp and pontoon arrangement.

The bumper autumn season is just about upon us! If you are after dates for the longtail run, along with all our usual species, contact us ( to secure your preferred dates.

Andrew Chorley

Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

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