Hop To Hervey
  |  First Published: July 2010

Fishing in the bay is what makes winter so special.

Crisp mornings and smooth seas are a nice back drop to any trip, add some top fishing into the mix and you’ve got to love this time of year!


Bream and flathead have maintained their dominance in the food chain beating most other species to bait and lures over the past month. They all appear in top condition from feeding on all the bait still flushing out the creeks.

Good sized winter whiting have been about in numbers around Gatakers Bay, Round Island and River Heads on worms, yabbies and squid. Golden trevally and mackerel are also working these areas taking live bait and plastics.

Tailor are working the pier, Channel markers and most creek mouths taking trolled and cast lures in most shapes and colours.

Squid have really come on around most ramps and jetties, and are thick out deeper in the bay.

Snapper have been in size and numbers throughout the bay with anglers bagging out at the Gutters, 25 fathom hole, Rooneys, Wathumba, Arch and the Arti over the past few cycles of the moon.

Squidgy flick baits, Berkley Gulps, Lucanis and knife jigs are all working well for the jig nuts. Squid, mullet, pike and yakkas are doing the job for those who prefer the more relaxed method of bait fishing.

Fish frames, such as tailor and whiting, make great berley for snapper. They are also a good bait rigged on gangs or a couple of singles to get past the pickers.

Outer limits

Fishing the outer limits of the Swains, wide of Gladstone, is an adventure that most of us can only dream about given the logistics, cost and risk of planning such a trip on your own. For this reason many anglers make the trip to Gladstone and hook up with a local charter boat equipped for such a trip.

The bay’s own Tasman Venture 2 caters for Swains trips during the calmer months and offer clients the ease of leaving from the Urangan Harbour. Catering, accommodation and the crew are top notch and make it a comfortable way to fish such wild remote country.

To book your swains trip or fishing charter contact the Tasman Venture 2 on (07) 4124 3222 or www.tasmanventure.com.au

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