Hervey Bay’s diverse fishing is well represented with the many and varied fishing competitions that take place on the Fraser Coast. River, estuary, beach, reef and game fishing are all possible in Hervey Bay and there is a fishing competition for all these styles.
We recently held the Hervey Bay Boat Club fishing comp. It is one of the biggest competitions with thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for grabs – even if you don’t catch a fish.
The Toyota Orchid Beach comp is coming up next, on the 24 May to 30 May. As one of the most recognised tournaments in Australia and with a well-coordinated set up and logistical location, everyone should have a look at this tournament at least once.
The Burrum Heads fishing competition is held every year over the Easter break and is one of the most relaxed, family friendly competitions on the Queensland coast.
This Easter, a record attendance of 1420 anglers hit the salty brine to test their skills against all that the Burrum River and its local reefs have to offer. The flathead section is a live weigh in category and this year 49 flathead were released after a short stint on the scales. Overall 252 fish were released, which is an outstanding effort and a great way to promote catch and release to the junior anglers competing.
For further information on next year’s competition, phone Max Smith on 0741295330.
Rooney’s and the Gutters have been fishing well for coral trout and scarlets, and a few cod are still on the move as well. Steve Cheng from Tropic Angler Lures has been getting good numbers of yellowfin tuna trolling both of these reef systems. So, if nothing else is working, towing a few lures is worth a try.
The Arty has been producing coral trout, blackall, cod and squire. The Fairway Buoy has accounted for golden trevally, school mackerel and a few cobia.
Squid will be back in the bay in the next few months so anywhere there is structure (jetties, reefs, rocks) is worth throwing a jig around. Many anglers don’t bother chasing squid because of the mess from the squid ink, but if you grab the squid behind the head and hold firmly this disables their ability to empty their ink sack. Once demobilised throw the squid in a bucket with a lid and the job is done.
So give it a go, fresh local squid is great eating and top bait.
Burrum Heads fishing competition results
|Overall champion angler||Peter Smythe|
|Overall champion junior||Caitlyn Dahl|
|Heaviest bream||0.748kg||John Kitchen|
|Heaviest whiting||0.640kg||Darren Murton|
|Heaviest flathead (live)||2.292kg||Alan Jackson|
|Heaviest trumpeter||2.107kg||Jeff Turner|
|Heaviest tusk parrot||9.568kg||Bryon Jacobsen|
|Heaviest painted sweetlip||4.665kg||Adam Hassam|
|Heaviest golden trevally||7.666kg||James Manson|
|Heaviest red emperor||6.194kg||Peter Smythe|
|Heaviest coral trout||4.369kg||Eric Harbourne|
|Junior heaviest whiting||0.472kg||Jordan Thorbune|
|Junior heaviest pike||0.144kg||Nickola Arthur Mcgreggor|
|Junior heaviest flathead||1.009kg||Jake Corbett|
|Junior heaviest flounder||0.450kg||Jayden Grieve|