June/July 2020 Fishing Report and Newsletter 
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June, July Produce The Goods 

Well..with borders open through June and July, the curve flattened and people's sense of adventure reignited!  We enjoyed the busiest June and July on record!  A HUGE thank you from the team at HBFS to everyone who booked with us over the past couple of months.  We hope you had a memorable trip with us!

We had a mix of weather with some glass-out days along with persistent south easterly winds which allowed us to get out almost everyday. Guests enjoyed some great winter sportfishing with golden trevally, snapper, kingfish, coral trout, cod, cobia, mackerel, longtail and mac tuna, queenfish and more coming onto the decks. 

The snapper season has been a tough one this year, but the golden trevally have made up for it as they school in good numbers on many of the reefs across the bay.  The snapper we have caught have been of good size with fish in the 80 cm size range. It's closed season at time of writing with the snapper season open again on August 16.

A few Spanish mackerel have also been about often hanging around the trevally schools...likely picking off the odd smaller fish.  Big cobia also made an appearance as they do during winter and can be found on any of the reef along with open water as they move through the bay. Keeping an eye out while travelling for cobia on a glass out you can sometimes find them mooching on the surface this can sometimes turn into a great session on cobes.


Coral trout are a great option through winter.  The calmer weather conditions allow us to push wider with guests in search of some different species. Moses perch, cod, coral trout, scarlet, parrot and more can be found on the wide grounds making for a tasty addition to the esky. 

The Month Ahead

The next month we will see a shift in a few of our target species as we head towards spring. Snapper will still be a target but we will start to see a few more longtail tuna come across the decks. Big longtails at this time of year are generally from the 1-1.2 meter mark and put up a great fight on spin tackle. Casting stick baits, softplastics and metals usually gets the job done.

In the Sandy Straits, flathead will begin to gather to spawn and can be great fun on light tackle.  The windier days will see us head on the flats in search of a few lizards which can be an enjoyable day out for guests in calm conditions.  Other species in the straits at present are grunter, trevally, queenfish, school mackerel, jew and the odd mac tuna school.

We still have availability throughout August if you are interested in some sport fishing book now via email .  We would love to have you on board.

Spring 2020

Spring is prime time for black marlin and there is only one place on earth you can target them in shallow water....right here on Fraser Island's west coast.

Spring time is black marlin time!

Spring sees Fly Fishing back on the agenda. The flats become more active with golden trevally, bastards etc actively feeding.  We also start to see schools of mac tuna through September before the fishing really fires up from October.  Fly fishing the flats and blue water just 3.5 hours from Brisbane is something very special and even achievable the same day for those that are time poor.

Golden Trevally On Fly 

Deposits will be 100% refundable if they have to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you are after some information on our spring season, please be in touch via email
Action Packed Fly Fishing Promo 

Catch Of The Month 

Bok with a beautiful Red Emperor.  Hard to beat this fish!

Our New Merch Range And Online Store 

We have launched a new shop page on our website.
From this page you will now be able to order our jerseys and caps online and pay direct through paypal.

We will be offering a few more products through our shop over time so keep an eye out for more details.

Cost for our caps is $35 plus postage. 

We have also teamed up with CAST and are offering a hooded performance jersey emblazoned with our iconic logo.
Its the perfect isolation online retail therapy.... and you're sure to look the part when you hit the water next.  

Performance Hoodies are $65 including postage.
Hat and hoodie combo going for $100 including postage.
Order via our online store or send us a DM on our social accounts. 
YouTube Clip Of The Month 

Join us as we target broad bar mackerel!  This video was filmed for Tourism Australia to showcase the incredible fishery of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Straits.  The video was used widely on their social media channels. 
Step Outside With Paul Burt 

We recently completed some filming for Paul Burt's show Step Outside with Paul Burt. 

Our episodes are due to air through September.  We will let people know through our social channels so keep an eye out!  Paul's show is on 7mate, 1130am on Saturdays and Sundays.

We caught a range of species with Paul and had some amazing sessions, so hopefully it will make for some great viewing. See more about his show here 

Guide Life

 Breaching Humpback

Close encounters 

Newest guide Kurt tying flies in his spare time...... dedication much?

Joke Corner 


Local Fishing Destination Promotion 


With coronavirus putting the brakes on many overseas trips, now is a good time to holiday locally.  Let's support the local tourism industry as it will be certainly taking a big hit over the coming months. 
From Spring 2020 our self drive promotion will be available which includes the Gladstone region in the package.
The Bay to Barra drive 

Your adventure will include fishing Hervey Bay with our professional guides, then taking a short 3 hour drive up to Boyne Island to fish Lake Awoonga for the mighty barramundi with Justin Nye and his team at Gladstone Fly and Sportfishing. 
Transport can be arranged between the 2 destinations for an additional fee.

Cost for the self drive Bay to Barra package includes accommodation.
6 nights accommodation, 4 days fishing ( 2 days in each region ) 
$1750 per person based on 2 anglers fishing.

Shorter options are available and can be tailored to your needs.
One angler rates are available along with share charters.   
Please email us for further information and dates.


Bay to Barra Promo 

This Week's Weather 


Thanks for reading our newsletter! 

Please feel free to contact us about anything we may be able to help you with. 

See below for pics from our recent charters. 

Tight Lines 
Andrew Chorley 
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing 
M 0407627850
Giant cod for Bok, Ollie and Gilbert
Big goldie doubles
Brassy trevally
Slatey bream for Gilbert
Diamond trevally for gun guide Pete
Big longtail
Big pennant trevally
Double dinner! coral trout 
Triple goldies!
Coral trout
Goldie fun
Big goldie
mac tuna
Inshore coral trout
82cm snapper for Liv
School holiday goldie fun
Big goldspot cod
Goldie doubles!
Broadbar mackerel, delicious
Lovely golden trevally
Lovely big queenie 
Beautiful deep water snapper
Double goldies
Chinaman fish
Birthday golden trevally
Huge golden trevally
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