Thursday, 19 September 2013

A Little Taste of Hervey Bay

Urangan Pier

My visit to Hervey Bay a few weeks ago with my friend Matt didn't involve a lot of fishing. After all, I had planned three weeks of serious fishing in Exmouth almost immediately after. Unfortunately the Exmouth trip had to be cancelled, and so the little bit of fishing in Hervey Bay is all I have to report on. Basically Matt and I fished Urangan Pier at night on one occasion. I managed to christen my new Shimano Stella 6000HG SWB with a little pike caught on a Squidgy soft pastic. I didn't even bother to pull the camera from the bag for that one. Matt pulled a few baitfish and pike too, and I soon got a little flathead, again on the Squidgy. The weather was magnificent, and it was just nice being on the water despite not using a fly rod.

We booked a day out around Fraser Island with Tri from Fraser Guided Fishing for the final day of our trip. It was a magnificent day too, though the fishing was tough. Lots of small trevally and various reef fish down deep on Z-Man soft plastics. A handful of really nice fish were still landed, which is testament to Tri's hard work. And yes, I managed to pull the fly rod out for a bit later in the day too - I will save what happened there for my next post - but for now, lets just say it was one of the most painfully frustrating experiences of my fly fishing career! For now I will leave you with some images from the trip.

Urangan Pier at night, looking back at the foreshore

A full moon, and beautifully calm conditions

Not even close to a  challenge for the tackle used, but this little flathead was the first decent species landed for the trip

A dawn start with Tri on our final day, as a whale goes about it's business

A long run from an unseen fish...............finally something decent!

Almost in the net!

After a little more work, Matt finally has his first "real" fish in the net!

And here it is, a neat little yellowfin tuna on light tackle and a Z-Man soft plastic fished deep

Matt also managed this beautiful coral trout

When things went quiet, Tri had a flick with us and managed this snapper which measured just under 80cm

Apart from the coral trout, all fish were released

The whales move right in close to the island!

No words needed here really!

A couple of mating turtles drifting by. The wildlife here is incredible!

Magnificent ending to the day with a few big humpback whales

If you are interested in fishing around Fraser Island, I would definitely recommend Tri. He knows his stuff, worked very hard, and was a lot of fun to share a day on the water with. Check out his site for details. 
He can be contacted via email

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