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 baby black marlin making their way across the flats in November and golden trevally GTs red snappers and cruising queenfish – all summer (Southern hemisphere) – targeting these species with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing is the best way to spend a day on the water and get your pulse pumping.
Only a short flight from Brisbane airport and on the Fraser Coast, Hervey Bay hosts an annual humpback whale migration 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 is provided on daily guiding
Typical Length of Stay
Guiding can be catered for your stay. 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 from Whales and Dugong to turtles and the rare Fraser Island dingo is incredible. Hervey Bay is a fantastic location for a family holiday and the ecotourism opportunities such as swimming with the wildlife to laying on the beautiful white sand beaches and surfing.
Widely available and the international dialing code for Australia is +6
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 6.30am and transfers from the airport to 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.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
From creeks in the Sandy Straits, the famous flats to blue water baitballs – fishing Hervey bay is unique as both the southern species cross over with the tropical north.
You will use a 9-11 weight rod and be casting 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. Large golden trevallies tail and love a well-presented fly.
The small blacks are usually teased to the boat but free swimmers are regularly encountered and 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
4 boats and all surveyed and meeting strict AMSA regulations. All boats carry first aid and VHF radio.
2019/20 Season Rates
950AUD per day for fishing guiding
What’s Included: (Please add or delete as applicable)
- 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 (If you would like to recommend an amount or % – happy to communicate that to anglers)