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April and May Conditions - A Vast Contrast 

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April saw some great conditions for our guests, with glassouts and light winds for the best part of the month.  May, on the other hand, brought some big south easterly blows and we lost a few days here and there to strong winds.  We did get out a good majority of the days and the western side of Fraser Island was the perfect back drop for some great fishing.

April Longtail Madness

Longtail numbers were solid over the past few months with some quality fish up to 20 kg in the mix.  The bigger fish can be a handful but our high quality Shimano tackle with silky smooth reel drags easily get the job done.  Casting and hooking a trophy size longtail is a great challenge, with communication between angler and guide being key to landing them successfully. 

School size longtails still were abundant, with mac tuna also adding the extras on the tuna tally.

School and Spanish mackerel provided guests with a bit of fun and a tasty feed.  Spinning metals under the tuna proved successful when things were a little more difficult on the tuna with a mix of species getting caught this way.  Queenfish, golden trevally, bludger trevally and more were all caught under the tuna schools.

Seeing RED

On the reefs we enjoyed some great fishing for species like coral trout, sweetlip, cod, moses perch, hussar and more on plastics and jigs.  Fishing the reefs is a ton of fun and winter is a great go to option if conditions allow.

Later in May we came across some great snapper bites with the blood moon late in the month producing the goods.  Big snapper are a prize capture in the Bay and with their aggressive runs in the shallow water they are a show stopper.  Quality snapper also release very well in shallow water which we often do if guests are not after a feed. It's been a reasonable start to the season so fingers crossed it continues.

We also have started to see our run of broadbar (or grey) mackerel that we get through winter.  Broady's are an excellent feed and provide some great entertainment when they are on a hot bite.


Our regular guests enjoyed a 3 day mothership experience.  Although the weather was playing a hard game, the fishing was still excellent with all anglers enjoying a mix of pelagic and reef species.  We even had a good feed of local mud crab.

It has been a great Autumn season with all the guides really enjoying the fishing we had on offer.  It certainly is a great time of year, but now we will start to focus on our winter species and fishing.  A big thank you to everyone that joined us throughout the Autumn season and year so far.  Covid has certainly made life challenging with many lockdowns and uncertainty with travel.  We appreciate everyone's effort in getting up here and joining us.

Winter Season

Our winter season is filling fast!  Species such as snapper, cobia, golden trevally, diamond trevally, coral trout and other reef species are active and available by jigging - a popular way to target these species through winter.  With glass-out calm conditions quite common, winter sees some of our best weather for the year.  Get in early to secure your dates for our winter season!

Catch Of The Month

Grant wins this month's prize with this sensational jewfish, caught with Captain Jonathan Mallard.  Well done!

Contender Offshore

We had the pleasure of hosting our good mate Ben Jones, aka the GT Buster, for our new Contender's first offshore fishing trip.  Conditions that day were challenging to say the least - no tidal or ocean currents and the fishing was very quiet.  We still managed some great catches with the Buster recording the adventure for his YouTube channel.  See the episode below!

We are now taking bookings for the Contender offshore trips targeting GT's, spanish mackerel, and blue/black marlin.  Please email us for details.
Headed Offshore with 'Chozza' from Hervey Bay Sportfishing Charters in his NEW BIG BOAT of his fleet to chase pelagics off the top!!

Gotcha Boat Hire
With a gap in the market for a purpose-built, self-drive sportfishing hire boat, we have decided to start a side company, Gotcha Boat Hire Hervey Bay.

Gotcha Boat Hire Hervey Bay is a boutique boat hire service which specialises in offering custom sportfishing boat hire – a first for the Fraser Coast region.
Targeting the avid fisherman, Gotcha Boat Hire Hervey Bay has launched with its first vessel - a 4.5m Polycraft equipped with the very latest in sportfishing equipment.
Polycraft Boats have a great reputation as safe, user friendly vessels which are stealthy, quiet and come with the ability to be fully customised, enhancing the fishing experience. 
This business is a one of a kind, offering a custom boat with the latest electronics and bow mount Minn Kotta motor, along with arguably the best fishing advice on offer in the Fraser Coast.  This service provides a fishing experience that is comfortable, affordable and our research indicates that there is a significant market looking for this type of fishing experience.
See the website here
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The Bay to Barra Drive - a hit with guests!

The Bay to Barra continues to provide our guests with plenty of action!  We and the team at Gladstone Fly and Sportfishing would like to thank everyone who has already experienced this one-of-a-kind self-drive fishing package, combining the best fishing the saltwater of Hervey Bay and fresh water of Lake Awoonga have to offer!
For bookings please call Chozz on 0407627852 or email


Exciting New Self-Drive Yacht Hire Package!

To complement our popular full-service mother shipping package with Freedom III, we are offering another great experience with another great local business, Fraser Coast Boat Charters.

Alongside luxury yacht Cattitude 

Two of the Fraser Coast’s most popular marine based tourism businesses have teamed up to launch an exciting new touring experience - offering a range of overnight yacht and sportfishing packages that will allow visitors to experience the thrill of world class sportfishing in one of the country’s best fisheries, and enjoy the comfort and facilities of their very own sleep aboard yacht.
Fraser Island Boat Charters and Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing are now offering guests three night, 5night and 7 night bareboat and full day guided fishing options - with guests to be picked up from their yacht by the team at Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing whilst sailing the west coast of World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

To Book Visit

See Promo Video Below 
Sail Fish Relax 

Guide Life 

Chozza doing a spot of night red fishing...result!
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Tight Lines!

Chozz and the Team

See our pics below from recent charters. 
Beautiful big sweetlip for the table
Late season spotty
Big gold - happy days
Big goldie
Beaut little GT
Fun times
Big mac tuna
Lovely grassy
Slately breams
Grassy time
Monster longtail 131cm
Goldspot trev
Chinaman fish
Snapper time
Topwater queenfish
More gold
Longtail doubles
Longie on fly, a great prize
Always a good bludger fight
Spanish Mackerel
Happy days with bulk schoolies
Brassy trevally
School holiday fun
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