Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing knows a thing or two about Fraser Island – he’s been fishing it since he was five! Read his top tips for fishing Fraser Island before you launch your boat.
1. LOOK CLOSER TO HOME
Newcomers always head straight to Rooney’s Point for some reason, but it’s not a mythical place where fish jump in the boat (Ed: erm, wish you’d told us this earlier, Andrew). Keep an open mind and start looking for action the minute you leave the marina.
2. CARRY SPARE FUEL
Fraser Island is damn big and sometimes you need to put in long runs to get to where the fish are biting. Knowing the range of your vessel is also important. You can easily clock up a 150km round trip if you’re heading to the northern end.
2. WHAT IS THE WIND DOING?
Fraser Island is protected from most easterly winds, but if it’s blowing strong from the west, it might be best staying home.
3. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
When running around the bay it’s always a good idea to be scanning for birds, looking for a bust-up or even free-swimming fish. A bit of surface action can turn a tough day around.
4. CONSIDER A GUIDE
The inside of Fraser is a huge expanse of water. Local knowledge will help you understand the area before you hit the water yourself.