January is one of the most productive times of year to fish Hervey Bay.
Game and sport fishing is at its best for the next couple of months and with an ocean full of tuna, mackerel and marlin to play with you would be mad not to give it a go.
Summer whiting are at their peak at the moment and anywhere a creek can be found is worth a try for prawns and muddies. Golden and silver trevally are thick along the reefs that infringe Fraser Island with the silvers thickest in the shallows around Wathumba Creek. They are easily located by trolling around any tuna schools feeding in close.
In the Bay pelagics are going off and any keen angler need only travel north of Arch Cliffs to find one of the many schools of baitfish getting smashed by longtail and mack tuna. It has also been a great season for spottie mackerel with fish averaging 90cm around in good numbers inside Platypus Bay. I have had a lot of success with small skirted lures run 4m down off a downrigger. You don’t miss much with this technique either. It has taken everything from yakkas and scad through to bonito, mackerel and tuna so it is a handy tool to find out what is feeding in your area.
The Albermale Game Fishing Classic was held on November 17 - 19 in some testing conditions. Fifty anglers on fifteen boats braved the 30+ knots of south easter that persisted for the tournament and while the weather may not have been too kind, those who did brave the elements were rewarded with plenty of action. 13 black marlin, 39 mack tuna, 4 longtails, 7 Spaniards, 9 wahoo, 3 dolphinfish and 1 cobia were caught during the tournament - an amazing effort given the weather.
We would like to thank our sponsors Queensland Marine Centre, WIN Television, Shimano, Penn, Tropic Angler lures, Anglers Den, Buccaneers, Tackle World Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, The Boat Club, Bundaberg Fishing Charters, Gin Gin Hotel and The Friendly Backpackers. Without their support this tournament would not be possible.Reads: 2460