The bay of plenty
  |  First Published: May 2015

Finally the long hot summer has broken bringing some welcome relief from the heat. These transitional months leading in to winter are a great time of year to be on the water with cooler conditions and a blend of summer and winter species on offer.


The channel markers and beacons are worth trying for a wide range of pelagic and estuarine species. Fishing live baits and lures sub surface will tempt any mackerel and tuna in the area, while probing the depths a bit deeper will produce cobia, trevally, grunter and school jew. Our local reefs continue to produce good fishing with sweetlip, squire, blackall and cod being a regular catch at Bagimba, McKenzies, Moon Ledge and the Arty.


You can expect the fishing to improve as the temperature drops and our bread and butter species prepare to spawn. Soft plastics in the 3-5” size range fit the bill nicely in what ever pattern works for you. 35-50mm hardbodies will improve bream catches and appeal to most species on the flats. Try contrasting colours, both natural and the brighter oranges and pinks for best results.


Living in Hervey Bay we have an amazing variety of fishing and fish species on offer. Sometimes in pursuit of a Holy Grail fish we jet off to more exotic locations North instead of putting in the time locally. Tony Doggen a local angler had a bee in his bonnet to catch a meter long barra, and spent his birthday of all days casting lures in the Mary River when he come up tight on something big. When the big fish burst out of the water he knew it would be close, and after a nervous fight he finally landed his Holy Grail. Congratulations Tony by the size of your grin I don't think it won’t be your last!

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