Fishing Articles & Bloggs
Mate Charles Barrett married world renowned FFF certified casting instructor, a fly-tying instructor, an active conservationist, traveling speaker and an eternal student of life and love April Vokey in 2014 and was in Brisbane for work and thought he'd shoot up to the Bay to show April our amazing part of the world !
Whilst we had great weather - the fishing was tough with only a few shots at a longtail & queenfish on the flats and a couple of mac tuna - April also made friends with one of our local brown booby's & promised she would be back for a better look around next trip
Andrew Ettingshausen was also in our area in November hoping to capture a "flats marlin" for his "Escape with ET' television show and invited me along for a day
Unfortunately we didn't raise any marlin but we did manage some spotted mackerel and Mac tuna which will feature in an episode next year & ET will have to return next season for another shot at our marlin
Next up was good mate "Tumby Tom " Tierney from Tumby Bay in SA - who also wanted to catch one of our "flats marlin" but with a strong Northerly on the 1st day we elected to check out Lentahlls dam which had just re-opened after being closed for maintenance on the wall crest gates back in May. We started by trolling the main basin with deep divers looking for schooling fish and didn't have to go far before came across our 1st strike with Tom landing two lovely fish back to back around 45-46cm.
We ended up having a great day with plenty of solid bass averaging 40-45cm and our best going 48cm ! All the fish where in great condition with Lenthalls looking like it will be back on-line as a premier bass & barrumundi fishery in 2016 !
With better weather for the remainder of the week we focused on chasing marlin on the flats between Wathumba Creek and Rooney's. We trolled a daisy chain teaser with two skipping gar fish on circle hooks which has resulted in a high conversion rate for solid hook ups over the past few seasons and this year was no exception !
We had some great fishing with Tom landing 5 marlin over the four days - with a couple of the fish being better than average around 35-40kgs !
There's no other place in the world to my knowledge that you can sight fish to black marlin on gin clear flats in 2-6 metres of water !
Up , Up & away !
The colours in these fish are beautiful & it's hard to imagine that they have the potential to grown over 1000lbs !
We had photographer and camera man James Ibrahim onboard each day filming for Shimano Fishing Australia - so watch this space for the video
No trip to Rooneys would be complete with out a swim after lunch #HowGoodIsHerveyBay
We have some exciting fishing ahead and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for following our fishing adventures and look forward to sharing plenty more in 2016 !
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Break Sea & Beyond !
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Over the top of Fraser !
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Tuna'd Out !
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Signature 543sf Maiden Voyages
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Merry Christmas !
Tuna season has started !
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Top Water Tuna !
Braking in Treno's New Boat !
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Finally a bit more fishing .....
Tuna Grand Slam !
A new Barra Season is upon us !
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald visits Hervey Bay !
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1st fish for 2013 !
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
Blinder Billfish Run In Hervey Bay
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Flathead Time !
Katrina's 1st Black Marlin
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Shimano's Shack - Flats of Fortune !
Sping has Sprung !
Intimate whale encounter !
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Snapper Time !
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Shimano's Shack - Snapper Time !
Shimano's Shack - Go Where No Squidgy Has Gone before !
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Welcome to Hervey Bay - Michael & Marilyn
Fishing with Jess and Dale
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Fishing & filming with Creek To Coast
PB Queeny !
1st Article for Shimano's NEW Fishing Shack - Samson's & Pearls
Lenthalls Bass & barra Fish Stocking for 2012
Merry Christmas & The Year that was 2011
Shimano's NEW Fishing Shack - NOW OPEN
Bones of Contention & Recreational Fishing havens
Creeks To The Coast ..
Brisbane Boat Show Wrap Up
Some more great Flattie fishing with Treen
Some bread & butter fishing ......
How Good Is Hervey Bay !
Jacks PB Snapper session
Great Start to 2011 Snapper Season
Haines Signature 485SF - 12 months & 250+ hours later .....
April Fishing around the Bay
Boyne Barra Odyssey
Summer 2011 - what a start to the year !!!!
Lake Lenthalls Bass Release
Awonga Round Two ..............
Awonga Sept 2010
A Special Whale Encounter
Whale watching 2010
Bread & Butter Fishin
Lenthalls Barra Salvage
2010 Snapper Season !
They Should Call This Place Variety !
Fishing with Jess & Steve
Fraser Island Day Trip
The Cure - 1st Trips in our new Haines 485SF
Bit Of Fishing Before Christmas !
Lenthall Dam - Bass & barra Releases 2009
Silver Shoals Lodge - Camp Island
Going Light with Treno !
Freshwater Grand Slam
Fishntales Bream Comp 2009
Fishing With Treen !
Servere Tropical Cyclone Hamish
Hervey Bay Bass'in
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Pete's Eco Tours
Golden Flats Fishing !
Katrina's BIG Flattie
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Roonies Camp Out
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Christmas Island 2007
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How Good is Hervey Bay !!!
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