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April 2020 Fishing Report and Newsletter 
 
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Covid-19 Puts A Halt On Trips, But We're Back !!

April has certainly been a tough month for all of us.   We wish everyone all the best and hope you are staying safe and healthy.
With restrictions in place, we put a stop to guiding through most of the month particularly in the early weeks.  As the curve flattened and we had a clearer picture of what we could and couldn't do, we were able to start taking one angler only as long as they followed travel restrictions and guidelines. This allowed us to guide some guests onto some great fish.  It was also a rare opportunity for our guides to do some recreational fishing, which was a nice change to see them get out with a rod in their hand. 

Tim, a local resident, who took advantage of our Covid one-angler rates landing some great fish. 
 
On the fishing front, we have seen some massive numbers of longtails in the bay, with some schools feeding constantly around the boat without a care in the world. This has allowed for some great fly and top water fishing opportunities, with guests enjoying some world class fishing for longtail tuna on the fly.  Other species interspersed around the longtails and bait balls have been mackerel, queenfish and golden trevally.


Tuna mayhem with some great top water eats 


Solid longtail 


Tim with his first longtail tuna on fly


The Zerek prawn got munched under the longtail schools

The Reefs 

On the reefs we enjoyed some great fishing for coral trout, cod and various trevally species. Working soft plastics can be deadly on trout and is very rewarding when you see a red fish come over the deck. 


Dinner sorted 


Nice sweetlip on Zerek prawn 
 
Micro jigging was also great fun with the CAST range of jigs getting some great results. 
These jigs are a slow pitch jig can can be used with ease great for anglers new to jigging.
Available in 40g to 200 g there is a wide range of weights in the range. 


Big queenfish on the jig 

We landed queenfish, golden trevally, cobia, gold spot trevally, mackerels, snapper, reef fish and more on the jigs and they have proved to be a winner.


Trout off the reefs, that's the colour you want to see 

Big Cods making his presence felt 

The Flats

Clear skies and crystal water have made the perfect combination for amazing fishing on the flats over the past month.  Longtail were a welcome sight especially for fly fishers as we witnessed a lot of big longies in the shallow water.  Some of the better fly sessions were enjoyed by guides, with myself having a great time sight casting to some barrels on the flats. Queenfish were also seen in reasonable numbers on the northern flats, with the local flats producing some golden trevally and bastards. 



Flats longtail...the ultimate flats prize 


Squid have also been abundant on the flats proving some fun and a tasty feed 
 
Guiding Through Covid-19 and The Future 

With social distancing the new norm we will see a slightly different approach to guiding. 
We will be able to guide 2 anglers no problem once restrictions ease, however 3 anglers plus the guide may be pushing it in the short term with the 4 sq m rule.


Guide life continues through Covid

This being said we have started to conduct a review of our Safety Management Systems.  We will be implementing a Covid risk assessment into our daily routine, along with extra  
hygiene and cleaning measures.  Moving forward, we want guests to feel comfortable and safe while on our vessels.  Our stringent cleaning and maintenance practices even before the pandemic make us feel we are well positioned to make an easy transition into Covid guiding life. 


Back to guiding and those beautiful sunrises again now 

We are taking forward bookings for one angler, with a special rates available until Spring for one angler.  Please keep in mind we suspect travel restrictions which will lift soon.
We also are expecting to be able to fish 2 anglers with the guide very soon so keep an eye out for information on our social channels.  
 Please send us an email or reach out to us via our social channels for more details.
Email fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Travel Restriction Options 

With travel restrictions in place we are also offering guiding in the lower Sandy Straits and Offshore Rainbow beach if conditions allow.  Snapper, spanish mackerel, reef fish, longtail and mac tuna are all able to be caught offshore with good longtail schools also about inshore in the lower sandy straits around Tin Can Bay.  This is a great option for those that can travel to the Rainbow Beach/ Tin Can Bay area under the restrictions. 


The grounds off Rainbow Beach are known for big spanish mackerel 

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!

We are offering special rates for Spring 2020 to fill the year out.
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 fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au
Spring Time Black Marlin 

Catch Of The Month 


Liv with a new PB GT...a cracking fish.
Product Talk 

 The new Stella SWC 

INFINITE POWER: The Stella SW represents the pinnacle of innovation for Shimano reel technology and fish-fighting performance. For increased power and enhanced durability, this series features a range of upgrades. Infinity Drive has been incorporated for light and powerful winding and the upgraded Heatsink Drag provides superior drag performance under extreme heat. A water resistance rating of IPX8 is achieved through X-Protect and X-Shield with the aluminium Hagane Body acting as a rigid and super tough outer shell. The HG models are designed for both casting and jigging, whereas PG is geared for jigging applications and XG for saltwater casting.


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. http://herveybaysportfishing.com.au/shop/

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 https://herveybaysportfishing.com.au/shop/ or send us a DM on our social accounts. 
 
YouTube Clip Of The Month 

Fishing The Wild 
If you're after some isolation entertainment, the Fishing The Wild boys always deliver!
Morgs grabs the GoPro and heads out for a couple days fishing in the Northern Territory of Australia. Joined by a couple of mates, the boys fish their way around some of the most pristine environments in the world. Catching a multitude of Australian sports fish species in some of the
Guide Life
 

Butterfly photo bomb 


Fishing with mates and keeping social distance the new norm, sunsets are still glam in covid 

Joke Corner 




 

Local Fishing Destination Promotion 

2 DESTINATIONS- 1 ADVENTURE 

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 Tannum Sands 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.

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;
 1200 per person based on 3 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 fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au for further information and dates.

 

 
This Week's Weather 

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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
fishing@herveybaysportfishing.com.au
dinner 
Fraser's Western Beaches 
Grunter great fun in the shallows 
Longtail 
Mac tuna 
Flats mac tuna 
Longtail on fly 
Big diamond trevally 
Longtail tuna 
quick inshore run
Goldy on the flats 
school size longtail tuna 
John with a sandy straits broad bar mackerel 
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