November is always a great month for fishing in Hervey Bay.
Northerly winds that arrived on cue in October pushed warm water and baitfish into the bay, giving trailer boat anglers the opportunity to target species that are usually only found out wide. Through the summer months I’ve seen free-swimming billfish as far south as the Picnic Islands and Kingfisher Bay so any area where you find bait is worth a try.
Summer whiting have been about in reasonable numbers in the creeks and the Sandy Straits lately with worms and yabbies producing the most success. Yabby claws and small soldier crabs are worth a go if you find the toad fish keep stealing your bait. It is also a good way to single out the bigger whiting in the school.
Golden trevally have been everywhere the past month and a live whiting fished from the beach is all you need to get amongst them. This time last year I spent a day at Bagimba Creek chasing golden trevally and although hooking them was easy enough, it was a different story trying to get them to shore in one piece. Sharks have been programmed to respond to distress signals put out from hooked fish and after losing three in a row I was starting to put a few signals out myself! A change to 50lb braid and a locked drag did the trick, and I finally had 8kg of very green golden trevally at my toes. It goes to show that even when fishing from the beach it pays to carry a few different outfits.
The pier has been fishing very well with plenty of broadbar mackerel and longtails taking livies. Flathead and whiting have been caught in the first channel and a few golden trevally have been working the surrounding flats.
This month the Hervey Bay Boat Club Gamefishing Club’s gamefishing tournament takes place from November 18 to 20. There are plenty of black marlin being caught in the bay and school yellowfin, mack tuna, longtails and all the mackerel species north of Arch Cliffs. So if you have a boat why not get a team together and be part of a relaxed and social tournament held off one of the most unique islands on earth? Mother ships are available but be quick as places are filling fast.
For more info or to book your berth please contact myself on 0411 175 141, Rob Wood on 0427 590 995 or Ian Borland on 0419 472 005.
Diana Campbell with her first black marlin, caught in Platypus Bay.Reads: 551