Temps rise and fishing improves
  |  First Published: September 2005

This month the water temperature should start to rise a little inside the bay.

The warmer water signals the start of the change of seasons once again. The snapper will start to make their way back out over the 80m mark and the flathead will be woken from their slow and sluggish ways and start feeding in preparation to breed. From September onwards the big bluey parrotfish will be worth a try in any shallow reef area and crabs are one of the best baits to use.


Sailfish gather in good numbers around the Break Sea Spit and when you find them they are usually thick. Multiple hook-ups are common and at times every lure in the water will have a sail bill smacking it.

There are green zones up that way so if you do wish to fish this area you will need the relevant information to do so. Dolphinfish are also on the move and usually a welcome addition to any day’s trolling. The bull dollies regularly go better than 10kg off Fraser Island and travel in numbers as well. The school will often stay with the hooked fish and by flicking livebait near the school it’s possible to catch several fish from the one hook-up.

In the coming months, the trolling scene will really start to heat up, with most pelagic species inhabiting the bay. By November those magic little black marlin will be well inside Rooney’s Point and harassing baitfish throughout Platypus Bay.


The Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Classic will be held from November 18 to 20. Mothership and fuel barge services will be available, which enables small and big boats alike to base themselves in the same area as the fish. The light tackle scene here is brilliant and within reach of any trailer boat over 4m. The sheltered waters on the western side of Fraser Island give the smaller boats an even playing field with the larger vessels.

Marlin Bounty

A $10,000 bounty is up for grabs courtesy of the Hervey Bay Boat Club to the first QGFA affiliated angler to land a marlin over 1000lb (450kg) in Hervey Bay waters. So there is plenty of incentive to start getting a team together to come and fish a laidback and friendly tournament in one of the most untapped game fishing spots on the coast.

Alex Bloom and Scott Bradley with a black marlin caught in Platypus Bay.

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