Hervey Bay, Australia

Flats Fishing for Marlin and Longtail Tuna

The sheltered waters of Fraser Island and Hervey Bay is one of the very few places in Australia that has an overlap of southern and northern fish species. Snapper, barramundi, flathead, threadfin salmon, longtail tuna, GTs, queenfish, juvenile black marlin, golden trevally and more can all be caught when fishing in this unique location.

Unique and year-round fishing

Based from the coastal town of Hervey Bay, the guides at Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing Charters offer access to the fish-rich waters in the bay and along Fraser Island. There are wonderful fly fishing opportunities for both flats sightfishing and bait-balling tuna.

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and lies to the East helping to shield the Bay from the south easterly trade winds. With this protection and the maze of creeks in the Sandy Straits the Hervey Bay area has plenty of options for all weather conditions.

The flats of Hervey Bay are renowned as one of the birth places of flats fishing in Australia, in the summer months they can see a wide range of species coming up to feed. From tailing golden trevally, cruising queenfish, big GT’s, yellowtail kingfish, black marlin and longtail tuna just to name a few. Targeting these species on fly and lure will certainly get your heart pumping.

What really sets this part of the world apart, is it is one of the only known places where you can see Juvenile Black Marlin cruising the shallow flats. Chasing they ‘little’ black torpedos with a fly can be incredible.

Range of accommodation options

There are a range of hotels available for anglers to stay in the town of Hervey Bay. Whether you are looking for somewhere simple with self-catering facilities or something more comfortable offering the sunrise views over the harbour we can tailor this to suit each trip.

Easy to reach from major cities

Hervey Bay offers a great add on for those visiting Australia as part of a larger fishing or non-fishing itinerary. There are direct flights daily from both Sydney and Brisbane on Qantas and Virgin Australia.

It is also possible to build Hervey Bay in as a stop-off as part of an east coast self-drive itinerary along the Gold and Sunshine Coast. It is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes by road from Brisbane.

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