A place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast- flowing, crystal-clear creeks.
Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low “wallum” heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance, and provide magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.
The immense sand blows and cliffs of coloured sands
are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world and they are still evolving. They are a continuous record of climatic and sea level changes over the last 700,000 years. The highest dunes on the island reach up to 240 metres above sea level.
The Great Sandy Strait, separating Fraser Island from the mainland, is listed by the Convention on wetlands of international importance.
BUT what about the fishing? Well read on as this is a very special experience….
The waters surrounding Fraser Island hold some of the greatest sport and gamefish in the world. This is a world class fishing destination that we’re keen to see you experience with our excellent guiding operation.
There’s everything that a saltwater flyfisher could want from sight fishing the flats for golden trevally and queenfish (even Longtail Tuna), there may even be juvenile Billfish close inshore and popper fishing can be a visual highlight.
So what are the options?
The Saltwater Experience
Lure and flyfish for many species including Small Marlin, Longtail and Mack Tuna, various Mackerel species, Trevally (Golden and Giant), Flathead, Bream, Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Tarpon and many more. (Seasonal for some species). We often travel over 100km in a day in search of active fish.
You can expect to see huge expanses of sand flats when fishing alongside Fraser Island. Wildlife seen include Turtles, Dingoes, Stingrays, Sharks, Dolphins and sometimes huge Humpback Whales, various bird species and of course fish!
The Great Sandy Strait
The Great Sandy Strait has many great areas to fish. Whiting, bream and flathead can be caught around the two Reef islands (almost directly opposite Boonooroo near Fraser Island), at high tide and in the channel between them at low tide. You should look for little gutters draining off the flats there also. Poona, Black Swan and Shark creeks fish well at times. Camping areas up these creeks can also be found.
One of the strait’s best fish habitats is from Boonooroo north to Ungowa on Fraser Island. This area is without doubt one of the best fishing areas in the Great Sandy Strait but it can be a minefield of shallow water, sandbars and blind gutters for the inexperienced boatie.
Good fishing territory can be found all around any of the Moonboom Islands. Along the eastern side of the Moonbooms runs a deep ledge for reef fish.
The eastern sides of Bookar and Turkey islands are very productive for whiting, bream and flathead. You can catch winter whiting in the steamer channel around here. Fishermen chasing reef fish have the steamer channel ledge running the entire length of Fraser Island and this area from Little Rocky Creek to Yankee Jack Creek is fantastic reef fish country. Tailor can be trolled for off the islands on the opposite side of the steamer channel to Turkey Island.
A few kilometres north is Woongoolbver Creek (or Wanggoolba as some maps have it), is the landing point for one of the barge services from River Heads. Here the strait opens up wide, the distant twin points of River Heads clearly visible to the west.
River Heads is the major departure point for vehicles and has magnificent views of Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait and the Mary and Susan rivers estuaries. There are public boat ramps from which boaties can set out for either a day out fishing or to take a 40-minute run up the Mary River to Maryborough. Back in the strait, the area between Woongoolbver Creek and the next point of interest, McKenzie’s Jetty, is about 6km of mangroves and shallow mud flats so steer well clear of the shoreline. Lake McKenzie’s Jetty is almost within shouting distance of the only tourist facility on the western side of the island, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village.
The stretch of water between the two is a popular anchorage for passing boats, which are protected from the prevailing south- easterlies by the height of the Island’s land mass. It is also a popular fishing location, renowned for golden trevally and big whiting.
Leaving Kingfisher Bay boaties invariably head for the shipping channel that takes them up the narrows between Big and Little Woody islands.
Lake Monduran is renowned around Australia for it’s Barramundi fishing. Fred Haigh Dam (as it also known) is one of the most southern locations in Queensland where these magnificent fish can be caught. And we have plenty of them! Barra well over 1 metre in length are caught in the lake, as you can see by the photos. It’s not just the pros who get them either, everyone from children to retirees has a chance to land a big one. Barramundi aren’t the only fish in the lake either. Other stocked species are Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Sooty Grunter, Saratoga, Eel, Tandan, Snub Nosed Gar and Spangled Perch.
Lake Monduran’s fishing can be absolutely adrenalin pumping and heart pounding. The methods we use for fishing the lake are by trolling and casting lures. While trolling for these monsters is more than acceptable the real sport and art of landing one of these giants is by casting. Lake Monduran is an extensive waterway with a lot of stand-up timber, connecting river systems with lantana and fallen down trees for the barra and bass to call home.