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Another year is nearly past & I have to say we have had some great fishing here in Hervey Bay. A quick re-cap starts with the disastrous summer which saw a series of catastrophic floods hit Australia fuelled by the strongest La Nina event since 1973 , beginning in December 2010, with Queensland being worst hit. The floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities with an estimate of over 200,000 people affected. Three quarters of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone after one of the most powerful cyclones to have affected Queensland since records commenced, tore through the coastal communities between Innisfail and Townsville.

We experienced only minor flooding in Hervey Bay with the worst areas being along the Mary River which peaked at over 19 metres at Gympie. I personally have never seen such prolonged heavy rain with phenomenal totals being recorded around our region. This incredible event also caused many of our dams / impoundments to reach their total capacities – many exceeding them. Wivenhoe Dam reached its highest level ever, peaking at 191% in January 2011. Our own local water supply, Lenthalls Dam has been spilling on & off since reaching its new height via crest gates installed back in 2007. Lake Monduran near Gin Gin also spilled for the first time in nearly 20 years. Further up the coast at Gladstone or countries premier barramundi dam – Lake Awonga also spilled for the first time since the dam was raised by the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) from 30 to 40 metres in 2002. The dam actually reached its highest level in its 26 year history, peaking at a staggering 140.25% - which equates to an amazing 4.25 metres of water going above the spill way height! Cania Dam just outside of Monto also spilled for the first time since the dam was constructed in 1982.

So what happens when these dams that have been heavily stocked with native fish start spilling – some of their inhabitants will go with the flow!

The fishing grapevines & forums were buzzing with reports & stories of “millions” of fish escaping these dams & worse dyeing from their journey over the spillway. Not just BIG barra are lost in these events either, barra of all sizes will take the opportunity to head downstream, particularly at the peak of their natural breeding cycle – in the middle of the wet season! Other species including mangrove jack, mullet, catfish, gar , bony bream, eels, Australian bass & even silver perch where observed going over some dam walls during this period where present.

Lake Awonga attracted a lot of attention being our countries most heavily stocked barra dams. So what about the fish that did go over the spillway? Unlike a lot of dams – Lake Awonga’s spillway is fairly “fish friendly” with a gradual slope and scooped bottom that ends with a channel. Local barra guru & guide Jason Wilhelm (http://www.barramadness.com ) experienced some outstanding sessions with his clients in both the saltwater & freshwater sections of the river with the average fish being over the magic metre. It was these reports that prompted my flying visit with a metre plus barra on fly still being on my bucket list!

I arranged a flying visit in March to fish with Kurt Hutchby whom I have worked with through our local Fraser Coast fish stocking association over the last four years. Water was still coming over the spillway & the river was running after more recent rains. I was using my new G.Loomis NRX 12 wht outfit matched with SA 400 grain Bluewater express line . I started off with a big black deceiver pattern, but quickly discovered it was not going to be like shooting fish in a barrel without so much as a bump in our first two sessions !

I finally cracked a pattern on the second day with a 3D profile pattern tied by Geoff Skinner which resulted in 5 fish over a metre and my PB to date at 124cm and 61lbs !

We  experienced some great longtail tuna sessions up the island in April & May with plenty of school fish around 10-12kgs. This was followed by the best snapper season I have ever had through winter with some fantastic sessions resulting in fish averaging 4-5kgs & our largest going 8.5kg !

This news attracted a number of Southern anglers to the bay & I enjoyed some great time on the water with some new mates including  Bill Maguire, Matt Armistead, Lee Parkhouse, Nathan & Shan Wolhunter.

Also managed some cracking long tails mixed in with the snapper with this beast going 20kgs !

We chased some flathead & bream in July & August with some more great fishing resulting in numbers of quality fish above 60cm with our largest going over 85cm .

As things warmed up in Sept the Burrum river began to fire for both barra & jacks. We fished weedless/snag proof slick rigs for great results & topped my PB jack at over 50cm ..

Lenthalls dam also came back on line in October with both bass & barra starting to show up. I had one great day on the lake with Brad Bell with over 25 fish to 45cm being landed on a range of techniques !


Next up was the start of our Goldy season with good mate Andrew Homann coning up in November to get his 1st Hervey Bay golden on fly .

Local Mates Nathan & Andrew snuck in a GT session recently which resulted in this great fish & a number of monumental wipe out !


We have just had two weeks of stormy / wet weather with strong SE winds – which should bring all our pelagics in just in time for Christmas & the Holiday season ;-)

With that Katrina & I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & look forward to catching up with you all again in the New Year !

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Articles List:

07/01/2017 2016 Re-Cap & Welcome 2017 !
31/12/2016 Happy New Year !
03/09/2016 Some days are diamonds
13/08/2016 Australian Fishing Tackle Trade Show - AFTA July 2016
02/07/2016 Best snapper session to date !
22/05/2016 Gold Coast Marine Expo May 2016
15/05/2016 Some Squiding & Fishing
02/04/2016 A New Tuna season is appon us !
06/03/2016 Finally some fishing for 2016 !
30/12/2015 Happy New Year - 2015 in review !
28/12/2015 Fishing with April Vokey , ET & Tumby Tom !
07/11/2015 Some truly EPIC captures !
31/10/2015 End of another Barra season !
12/07/2015 Winter has arrived along with the bream,flatty's and snapper !
24/05/2015 Squiding with Scotto
12/04/2015 Tuna & Shark KAOS
12/04/2015 Good Vibrations - Mary River threadfin salmon & barra
15/03/2015 How to get started and catch more fish on Squidgy Soft Plastics
26/01/2015 More Bait Ball madness !!!
28/12/2014 Break Sea & Beyond !
14/12/2014 Fishing with Tak - They should call this place variety !
14/12/2014 Hervey Bays Blinder Billfish run - Oct-Nov 2014 !
17/11/2014 Berkeley River Lodge - Kimberleys Western Australia
26/10/2014 Will we see another great marlin run in Hervey Bay this season .....?
07/09/2014 Flatty Whacking
02/08/2014 1st Snapper session for 2014
13/07/2014 Big day at the Gutters !
22/06/2014 Over the top of Fraser !
09/05/2014 Land Based Game Fishing - a bit of history
07/05/2014 Cania Camping Easter 2014
13/04/2014 The 1st 100 hrs in our Signature 543sf
13/04/2014 Chloe Taylor & Tom Laurence return to the bay ....
13/04/2014 Tuna'd Out !
17/03/2014 Fishing with Treen
10/03/2014 Fishing with Dale & Jake
10/03/2014 Hot Auctions & Hot Fishing with Michael Choi
24/02/2014 Signature 543sf Maiden Voyages
16/02/2014 Bait ball Bedlam !
02/01/2014 She Fishes - Chloe Taylor & Tom Laurence visit Hervey Bay
30/12/2013 Happy New Year !
24/12/2013 Merry Christmas !
24/11/2013 Cobia Conundrum
09/11/2013 Flyfishing Hinchinbook
27/10/2013 Tuna season has started !
08/10/2013 Hervey Bay - Land Based Options
25/08/2013 Top Water Tuna !
28/07/2013 Braking in Treno's New Boat !
28/07/2013 The Lucanus System
26/07/2013 Finally some great weather & Some snapper !
12/07/2013 New long Range Sport Fishing charters - Freedom III
05/05/2013 A Change Of Plan - Prospecting ...
05/05/2013 Finally a bit more fishing .....
05/05/2013 Tuna Grand Slam !
27/02/2013 A new Barra Season is upon us !
28/01/2013 Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald visits Hervey Bay !
25/01/2013 What Are You Fishing For ....?
17/01/2013 Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance Inc NEEDS YOU !!!!!
03/01/2013 1st fish for 2013 !
24/12/2012 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
24/12/2012 Blinder Billfish Run In Hervey Bay
04/11/2012 Hervey Bays Flats of Gold !
21/10/2012 Queensland barra season coming to a close !
21/10/2012 Flathead Time !
17/10/2012 Katrina's 1st Black Marlin
08/10/2012 Some Spring Bass'n
14/09/2012 Shimano's Shack - Flats of Fortune !
31/08/2012 Sping has Sprung !
16/08/2012 Intimate whale encounter !
14/08/2012 Hiding Away in the maldives - Shimano Shack Article
06/08/2012 Fishing with Aidan
01/07/2012 Toughest fish I have caught in a long time !
24/06/2012 Snapper Time !
24/06/2012 Island Hideaway - Dhonakulhi in the Maldives
17/06/2012 Shimano's Shack - Snapper Time !
09/06/2012 Shimano's Shack - Go Where No Squidgy Has Gone before !
18/04/2012 Shimano's Shack - Bait Ball Bedlam !
17/04/2012 Welcome to Hervey Bay - Michael & Marilyn
02/04/2012 Fishing with Jess and Dale
27/03/2012 Shimano's Shack - Lenthalls Back On -Line in 2012
26/02/2012 Fishing & filming with Creek To Coast
04/02/2012 PB Queeny !
04/02/2012 1st Article for Shimano's NEW Fishing Shack - Samson's & Pearls
15/01/2012 Lenthalls Bass & barra Fish Stocking for 2012
22/12/2011 Merry Christmas & The Year that was 2011
06/12/2011 Shimano's NEW Fishing Shack - NOW OPEN
03/11/2011 Bones of Contention & Recreational Fishing havens
18/10/2011 Creeks To The Coast ..
04/09/2011 Brisbane Boat Show Wrap Up
09/08/2011 Some more great Flattie fishing with Treen
01/08/2011 Some bread & butter fishing ......
19/07/2011 How Good Is Hervey Bay !
07/07/2011 Jacks PB Snapper session
06/06/2011 Great Start to 2011 Snapper Season
15/05/2011 Haines Signature 485SF - 12 months & 250+ hours later .....
05/05/2011 April Fishing around the Bay
15/03/2011 Boyne Barra Odyssey
02/03/2011 Summer 2011 - what a start to the year !!!!
21/11/2010 Lake Lenthalls Bass Release
25/10/2010 Awonga Round Two ..............
04/10/2010 Fishing Visitors
23/09/2010 Awonga Sept 2010
15/09/2010 A Special Whale Encounter
08/09/2010 Whale watching 2010
06/09/2010 Bread & Butter Fishin
01/08/2010 Lenthalls Barra Salvage
06/07/2010 2010 Snapper Season !
18/06/2010 They Should Call This Place Variety !
23/05/2010 Fishing with Jess & Steve
11/05/2010 Fraser Island Day Trip
30/04/2010 The Cure - 1st Trips in our new Haines 485SF
07/02/2010 Bit Of Fishing Before Christmas !
21/12/2009 Lenthall Dam - Bass & barra Releases 2009
06/12/2009 Silver Shoals Lodge - Camp Island
14/10/2009 Going Light with Treno !
02/09/2009 Freshwater Grand Slam
17/08/2009 Fishntales Bream Comp 2009
16/07/2009 Fishing With Treen !
21/04/2009 Southern Gutter
14/03/2009 Servere Tropical Cyclone Hamish
10/03/2009 Hervey Bay Bass'in
10/03/2009 This Is Livin - Fraser Island Jan 09
25/01/2009 Pete's Eco Tours
25/01/2009 Golden Flats Fishing !
25/01/2009 Katrina's BIG Flattie
19/10/2008 Kayak Road Trip
12/08/2008 Roonies Camp Out
16/04/2008 Awonga Dreaming
13/09/2007 Wreck Reef with NOMAD SPORTFISHING
13/09/2007 Christmas Island 2007
22/08/2007 G0 - G0 Gadget - Report
21/02/2007 Setting Goals - Pursuit of a beach mulloway
21/02/2007 How Good is Hervey Bay !!!
12/12/2006 Kenn Reef - It's out there
29/08/2006 Road Trip to Weipa
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