Hervey Bay hots up
  |  First Published: March 2007

With a bit of luck the humidity will have eased by March and life will be a bit more comfortable. Here are a few suggestions if you’re out on the water this month.


Billfish are still a worthwhile target inside Rooneys Point but will start to thin out as the water temperature drops. Spotted mackerel, longtails, mack tuna, golden trevally and queenfish are still very active and have been pushing the baitfish right up into the shallows around Station Hill. Soft plastics, metal slugs and live bait have been doing the damage with saltwater fly guys also reporting success.


The rivers have been serving up a piscatorial smorgasbord of banana prawns, mud crabs, threadfin salmon, school jew and mangrove jack.

Prawns will congregate at the mouth of feeder creeks and along the banks. If you travel along these banks slowly prawns can be seen flicking on the surface. Once located cast netting is the most effective way to catch prawns, and a top pocket cast net is a good investment if you’re planning on doing a lot of prawning.


The gutters have been turning it on with some top quality scarlet sea perch, red emperor and at times it’s been hard to get live baits past the cod.

School yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel and billfish have been responding well to trolling lures and baits along the edges of the reef.


The Tuna Challenge is on 17-18 March and anglers won’t have to travel far to find tuna with the Great Sandy Straits bursting with fish. The tournament is open to fly and spin tackle and is a relaxed affair that the whole family can enjoy. For further information call Trevor Nye on (07) 4125 6279.

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