Fly-fishing the Fraser Coast offers epic flats fishing, and is one of very few places in Australia that has an overlap of southern and northern fish species, providing amazing angling diversity.
The mix of the cooler temperate waters from the south, meeting the warmer tropical waters from the north also provide an ideal habitat for such as juvenile Black Marlin and the annual Humpback Whale migration.
The birthplace of flats-style fly-fishing in Australia, Hervey Bay is the gateway to the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park, and Fraser Island, the largest sand Island in the world. Situated 360 km north of Brisbane, this region boasts some of the best fly-fishing to be had anywhere in Australia.
From Golden Trevally, Long Tail Tuna and Black Marlin chasing huge bait balls in less than six feet of water, to Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon and big Snapper, the challenges and options it presents to a fly-fisherman are hard to beat.
Hervey Bay is also known as the whale watching capital of the world. The majestic Humpback whale inhabits local waters from July through to November. Dolphins, dugongs, marine turtles, the elusive Fraser Island dingo and much more wildlife can be seen whilst fishing these waters. As well as full-guided fly-fishing packages, Fly Odyssey also offers comprehensive advice on family holidays to the region.
- Season: the season runs from August to May
- Location: Hervey Bay is a short 50-minute flight north of Brisbane
- Fraser Island: is the world’s largest sand island
- Black Marlin: reach around fifteen kilos in their 1st year of growth
- Long Tail Tuna: easily consume over 2% of their body weight daily
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing Charters operates in this unique fishery out of a Galeforce 18.5 ft. centre console which has been custom built for the flats. It features both rear and front casting decks, 2 ice-boxes, plenty of dry storage, Minn Kota bow mount electric, the latest Lowrance electronics, fusion mp3 player and a whisper quiet 100 hp Yamaha four stoke outboard. Fraser Island to the east protects the Hervey Bay flats from the south-easterly trade winds and gives anglers access to sheltered fishing conditions year round.
We have put together a number of fully guided fly-fishing packages to Hervey Bay such as the all-inclusive Fraser Island fly-fishing and camping experience, to maximise your time on the water. Ideal for short breaks or city escapes, you will be based out of the Wathumba Creek camp ground in Platypus Bay, with the benefit of being able to fish from sunrise to sunset, sleep under the stars and experience the natural beauty of Fraser Island.
For longer stays in the area, we can arrange on the water accommodation aboard the 58ft Freedom Mothership, which is fully equipped with all the modern comforts you would expect of a catamaran of this size. Including great food, a fully licenced bar, saloon lounge and viewing decks to relax and unwind with your mates at the end of a big day of fishing.
Seasonally, the species encountered around Hervey Bay vary with changes in water temperature and migration patterns of pelagics and prey. Autumn months are famous for glass-out conditions, with Barramundi, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel and big Golden Trevally available. The early winter period provides big Snapper, big Longtail Tuna and Spanish Mackerel available on fly.
As the water temperatures warm up into Spring, the surface action starts to increase with the arrival of huge numbers of baitfish over the flats. Not far behind, juvenile Black Marlin make their appearance and provide one of the few opportunities in the world where they can be spotted in less than six feet of water.
Tailing Golden and Brassy Trevally, Long Tail and Big Eye Tuna, Threadfin Salmon and Mackerel can all be targeted at this time, providing an outstanding variety of species for fly-fishing. And when you are being shadowed by the world heritage listed Fraser Island around these waters, you realise that you are fishing in a very special place.
The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.
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Qantas has short fifty-minute flights departing Brisbane daily late afternoon or early evening.
For Three-Day City Escapes, late afternoon flights from Melbourne or Sydney will see you arrive in Hervey Bay the same evening and have you on the water the following morning.
Departing Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane, Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups to Hervey Bay and have you on the water the same day. For groups looking to combine business with fly-fishing we can provide tailored 1-on-1 fly-fishing tuition on the water. All the gear is supplied and tied, to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate fly-fishing experience.
Corporate packages include airport transfers, photography, personal host, Mothership or accommodation catering to any level of hospitality you require.
Price on Application.