Bait brings in tuna and mackerel
  |  First Published: October 2005

What a difference a month can make to the water temperature. Inside the bay I’ve had reports of 18-20 degrees and outside has been pushing 23 degrees already.

There is bait everywhere in the bay at the moment and plenty of tuna and mackerel can be found amongst it. Chris from Anglers Den informed me that longtails to 15kg and mack tuna around the 8kg mark have been weighed from the pier in the past few weeks.

A few lizards are starting to turn up and big schools of golden trevally are working the shallows. The Great Sandy Strait region is one of the best places in Australia to chase goldens on lure or fly. With miles of unspoilt sand flats and many creeks feeding the bay’s estuaries from Fraser Island, there are numerous opportunities for land-based anglers. A lot of locals use a boat purely as a means to get to Fraser Island and do most of their fishing from the shore. They do quite well for themselves too. Most estuarine species live on these flats and there is always a chance at an oddball species such as bonefish or snub-nose dart (permit).


October is usually when we start to see the first of the juvenile black marlin in decent numbers. From now through to March next year they call the bay home and a trailer boat is all you need to get amongst them.

Spaniards, schoolies, spotties, tuna and cobia all feed on the same baitfish as marlin and keep most people happy between billfish strikes. Anglers who love chucking slugs will have a ball chasing pelagics in Platypus Bay this month. You just never know what will take a lure inside Fraser Island: last February during our tuna challenge two club members pinned their first marlin on spin gear!

Outside the bar, sailfish are making their presence felt and should be around in good numbers as summer approaches.

Those who can get out over the bar have a world-class fishery almost entirely to themselves; it’s rare to see two anglers trolling the same grounds out here.


Don’t forget that the Hervey Bay Boat Club Game Fishing Classic is on from November 18 to 20. Motherships are available for those with smaller boats. For more details contact Rob Wood on 0427 590 995, Ian Borland on 0419 472 005 or myself on 0411 175 141.

Scott and Adrian Bradley with one of the many mack tuna that are in the bay at the moment.

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