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February 2019 Fishing Report and Newsletter 
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Cyclone Oma whips up some wind during February 
 

February was a windy one this year with quite a few days lost to strong winds. Cyclone Oma threatened the coast whipping up some big seas on the exposed parts. The bay didn't’t see any damage from the cyclone luckily. We also received no rain !  Some rain would certainly be welcomed, with this being one of the driest starts to a year that I can remember. 


Hiding out of the wind before Oma came past produced this nice queenfish on the flats 

A change of season is now upon us, with the first low coming down the coast marking the start of the longtail season. This cant be true enough as we have started seeing longtails show up in schools right on cue.
Guests have enjoyed the surface action with more to come through Autumn.


School size longtails are turning up 
 
We have had a few sessions targeting longtail tuna on the flats so far this season. Casting soft plastics for the spin fisherman has been the best technique with solid hook-ups. Stick baits also get good results making for some great surface bites. For fly anglers the chance to cast a fly at a big longtail in shallow water is something else and our flats are certainly unique for that experience.


Viv sight casted this longtail on the flats 

Mac tuna on fly creating line burns 

Golden trevally, queenfish and cobia were also about during February with some good specimens in the mix. Working soft vibes deep in the water column has produced some good fish along with the ever reliable 5 inch Zman streakz. School mackerel have started to turn up on a few of the inshore reefs which has been a bit of fun and a good way to get a tasty feed. 


Cobia fun jigging the bottom 
 

School mackerel light tackle fun 

As we move through Autumn we will see longtail schools pick up along with mac tuna. Golden trevally, cobia, queenfish, various mackerels and more will also be on offer. It’s a great time to be fishing the Fraser Coast with some frantic tuna action keeping guests busy. If you are looking at booking a day get in early to secure your dates. Email  fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au


Golden trevally can be found around the tuna during Autumn 
 
2019 Snapper Season



Yep can you believe it’s only few months and we will be talking about snapper. Winter is a great time of year with some beautiful weather and great fishing opportunity’s.  For your chance to have a go at targeting our snapper be in touch to secure your dates.fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au
 

 
Catch of the Month



Ashley takes out catch of the month with a tropical pink snapper caught in 30 c water while being guided by Murray,  well done Ashley great fish. 

 
In House Fly Casting Lessons and Coaching 

We now have a in house qualified fly casting instructor, Hervey Bay local Taz Jefferies. Taz has learnt how to teach fly casting through the Federation Of Fly Fishers program and has been a qualified insructor for some years. He also made the film Black Torpedoes which featured some of Hervey Bay's best fly fishing oppertunitys. 

We are very ecited to be able to provide a service from begining to cast and learing the fundamentals, tying flys right through to being guided on one of our vessels with our Sage pro guides.Casting lessons and fly fishing basics with Taz start from $100 for 2 hours. For more info please email us fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au


Taz with a free swimming marlin on fly 
Chorleys Visit NZ 

Chozza, Jess and Archer took a few weeks off during February and visited NZ. Starting at Christchurch we visited the Holm family for a few nights. Warren kindly took me up to the high country for some lake fishing. Stalking crusing fish on the lakes was very cool. 


A nice lake rainbow thanks Warren !

We stoped at a few rivers on the way to Queenstown and caught a few browns also.


Chozza and Archer enjoying walking a stream near Twizel 

While in Queenstown we spent a few days being guided by Adam and Kristina of Stray South Outfitters. https://straysouthnz.com/ 


Willow grubbing trout what a great challange in tight country a big thanks to Adam and Kristina.


It was a great break after a big summer season. We are recharged and ready to go for the busy tuna season ahead. A big thanks to the Sarina,Warren and Cooper for their hospitaity and along with the Royters for the fun fishing around Queenstown. 
Product of the Month 

The New stella 2019 has been released looks like another great reel from Shimano.
Video Of The Month " Goodoo"

Murray cod, Australia’s largest exclusively freshwater fish, can eat a full-grown duck in one hit. They are the apex predator of our inland rivers.
Join the Aussie Fly Fisher crew as they chase down the ultimate prize: the elusive one metre Goodoo on fly.With hard hits, wild Aussie landscapes, and clear water sight-fishing, this is Murray cod as you’ve never seen them before.

This Weeks Weather 



 
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Thanks for reading our newsletter see below for some pics from November trips.

Tight Lines 
Andrew Chorley 
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing 
M 0407627850
fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

 
Goldens keeping us busy 
Quenfish   
Diamond trevally 
Broad bar mackerel
Lunch time 
Mark with a queenfish 
Queenfish release 
Diamond and Pennant  
Big mac tuna 
Big mac tuna 
Longtail 
Reef dwelling cod 
Golden trevally 
Longtail tuna 
Big goldy 
School longtail 
Golden trevally 
queens 
Gold 
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