The Birthplace of Australian Flats Fishing
Hervey Bay is arguably the birthplace of Australian flats fishing and boasts some of the most unique fishing on the planet. With juvenile black marlin cruising the flats in November, along with golden trevally, GTs, red snapper, and queenfish in the Australian summer, anglers will have ample opportunity to get their pulse pumping!
Only a short flight from the Brisbane airport and on the Fraser Coast, Hervey Bay hosts an annual humpback whale migration from July through November. Incredible wildlife abounds in the area and Yellow Dog highly recommends a short stopover or family holiday in the region.
Lodging is custom to the client and can be recommended at the time of booking.
Food and Beverages
Cold water and lunch are provided on daily guided trips.
Typical Length of Stay
Guiding can be catered to your wants and needs. We always recommend putting enough time aside to give yourself the best chance with weather and tides, particularly if you have specific species in mind.
The wildlife in this area is incredible, from whales and dugong, to turtles and the rare Fraser Island dingo. Hervey Bay is a fantastic location for a family holiday and ecotourism opportunities such as swimming with wildlife, to laying on the beautiful white sand beaches or surfing.
How To Get There
Flying with Qantas or Virgin Airways is easy. Both airlines service the area daily from Brisbane. Public transport is available and the drive from Brisbane is along the Bruce Highway and takes about 4 hours.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Departure from the boat ramp is at 6:30 am and transfers from the airport to your accommodation can be arranged
Transfer requests of the angler
Meet at Unrangan Dock for a 6:30 am start each day unless prior arrangements have been made.
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From the creeks in the Sandy Straits, to the famous flats, to blue water baitballs – fishing Hervey bay is unique as anglers can target the best of both southern and northern Australian species.
You will use a 9 to 11-weight rod and cast clousers or surf candies to breaking schools of pelagics such as tuna and mackerel. An intermediate line is best suited to this type of fishing and works well when fishing the flats. Flats flies such as crabs and shrimp should be tied slightly heavier – with medium lead eyes and a sink tip line is useful to keep your flies on the bottom. Tailing golden trevallies are a special treat and are anxious to eat a well-presented fly.
The small black marlins are usually teased to the boat but free swimmers are regularly encountered. Having a strong double haul and accurate cast may yield the fish of a lifetime. Billfish flies are provided but pink and white are favored colors if tying your own.
From first-timers and novice anglers to seasoned world travelers – Hervey Bay fly and sportfishing can cater to a variety of abilities.
Boats and Equipment
Hervey Bay operates 4 boats, all surveyed and meeting strict AMSA regulations. All boats carry first aid and VHF radio.
Rates and Terms
2022 Season Rates
One Angler: $700 AUS per person
Two Anglers: $375 AUS per person
Three Anglers: $290 AUS per person
Four Anglers or more: Contact Yellow Dog for custom rates.
- Fully guided fishing
- All equipment including flies
- Cold water and packed lunch
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Transfers, hotels, and meals in Australia
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
Hervey Bay Sportfishing (Australia)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking to hold both space and guides. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to date of trip. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable, and because of the operator’s strict no refund policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. Hervey Bay Sportfishing will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, and no refund can be made for unused arrangements or fishing time lost due to inclement weather. If the operator decides to cancel the tour due to unsafe weather conditions, then a trip credit may be issued for a future date within one year of original trip dates. Please note that this is entirely at the discretion of the operator. If a cancelled package is resold by either the operator or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.