Guided Fishing in Hervey Bay

Fraser Coast fishing charters

“A day on the water is about more than just fishing” – John Haenke (Guided Fishing DownUnder guide) is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and passion with fellow anglers.

It’s also a great opportunity to explore the Fraser Coast or Hervey Bay.

John will be offering specialised fishing charters to other areas from time to time to North Queensland.

Need help and want to know more about our Fishing Charters?
Call Guided Fishing DownUnder for assistance on (07) 4128 8361, mobile 0418 187 618 or send us an email via our online form and we can call you.

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, where we are based, is renowned for its fishery, and with so many options on offer it’s no wonder! The warm northern water meets the cooler southern currents in Hervey Bay, producing an overlap in species found nowhere else on the eastern coast. The choice of fishing is therefore very impressive, with some of the best sport and game fishing to be found in Australia.

Fraser Island protects Hervey Bay from prevailing winds and the result is some of the world’s most ideal fishing conditions.

Saltwater Target species vary depending on the time of year, but include:

  • Longtail Tuna
  • Queenfish
  • Golden Trevally
  • Barramundi
  • Threadfin Salmon

We can also offer excellent freshwater surface fishing in the local area during the summer months for:

  • Australian Bass
  • Saratoga

Best Time of Year: November to March

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ROCKHAMPTON AND CAPRICORN COAST REGION

For anglers, this region is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets.

  • Explore the spectacular coastline where the Great Barrier Reef begins.
  • Catch metre plus wild Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River.
  • Experience the unique Australian outback beauty and wildlife of the upper Fitzroy and its tributaries.

Recently this area has been made a Net Free Zone, with the removal of commercial nets. It has always been a great fishery, but now it’s better than ever and is improving rapidly beyond expectations. Within 6 months of the nets coming out, the locals are saying the barramundi fishing is the best they’ve seen for over 50 years. It will only continue to get better!

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CAPRICORN COAST – Saltwater Flats

For most anglers sight fishing in shallow clear water is as good as it gets. It’s a spectacular coastline, with some of the best flats fishing in the country, offering a good variety of species including:

  • Golden Trevally
  • Permit
  • Giant Trevally
  • Queenfish

This is what the Capricorn Coast is all about.

Best Time of Year: April through September.

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FITZROY RIVER – Tidal Section

This area is all about wild Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon, with a very good chance of catching your personal best barra or thready. Whether you’re a newcomer and haven’t experienced barra fishing, or a seasoned angler, this area now offers some of the best and most consistent wild barra fishing in the country.

There is a closed barra season between November 1st and February 1st on Queenslands east coast. This fishery is tide dependant, so if you want some great barra action, book early to get the best tides.

Best Time of Year:

February – June (dependant on wet season) and September – October.

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WILD SARATOGA IN THE UPPER FITZROY RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES – Freshwater.

If you want a truly unique Australian experience, sight fishing Saratoga in the freshwater rivers in Central Queensland is not to be missed. You’ll get to experience beautiful paperbark lined waterways, see –and hear! – an amazing array of typically Australian birdlife.

In an area that gets very little fishing pressure, it’s not unusual to get dozens of sight cast shots per day.

Best Time of Year: April – May and September – October

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Wild Saratoga

We can tailor charters to include a good mix of fishing in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region, but it is weather dependent. Charters in this area are for a minimum of 3 days. Packages include all transfers, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and non alcoholic drinks.

Hervey Bay – Fishing the way it was supposed to be

Hervey Bay, where we are based, is renowned for its fishery, and with so many options on offer it’s no wonder! The warm northern water meets the cooler southern currents in Hervey Bay, producing an overlap in species found nowhere else on the eastern coast. The choice of fishing is therefore very impressive, with some of the best sport and game, sheltered beach and deep sea fishing to be found in Australia.

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