Hervey Bay & Breaksea Spit

1. Wathumba Wreck 24 59.716s 153 11.266e
Holds assorted reef fish and bait. Trevally frequent this area and can be a pest, scarlets at night.


2. Washing machines 24 55.713s 153 12.741e
Not real deep here around 12m but can fish well dawn and dusk for school size scarlets and sweetlip.


3. Washing machines north 24 54.509s 153 12.671e
The start of the coffee rock area, assorted plate size reef fish, best at night. Good in a northerly.


4. Red Ned 24 51.115s 153 04.530e
Situated about 3nm SW of Rooney Point it’s the home of an old sunken house boat, very little remains today, but holds bait and assorted reef species and pelagic’s. fishes well for snapper in the winter months.


5. Rooney Point 24 49.190s 153 08.212e
Small black marlin inhabit the area from here back to station hill, so trolling some skirts on and off the shallows from October to December can be a lot of fun here. Site casting for them happens regularly in the shallows.


6. Rooney 4 mile 24 46.188s 153 04.263e
Assorted reef fish, coral trout and plenty of mackerel and tuna in season. current can run here at times.


7. Rooney 8 mile 24 46.242s 152 58.277e
Some better fish here at times, drifting is best as it’s a reasonable area north south, Reds and assorted reefies at times. If there is no bait don’t waste time keep moving on.


8. 18 mile Area 24 44.326s 152 48.644e
You are about ½ way between Rooney point and Bundaberg here, some good drop offs around here. Trout, snapper and assorted reef fish here, reef jacks at night for those who have the patience.


9. Gutters 1. 24 40.277s 152 47.900e
The gutters run SW to NE through this area, good reef fish and trout particularly on live bait.


10. Gutters 2. 24 32.859s 152 46.342e
Another spot worth searching around for the ups and downs, fish the edges of the gutters for trout and on top at night for assorted reef dwellers.


11. Wreck 24 33.574s 152 49.519e
This area can hold some big fish, a couple of wrecks can be found around here, big cobia will test your tackle here as well as scarlets and occasional snapper.


12. Sandy cape shoals 24 36.274s 153 20.738e
Gets shallow here under 10m , great spot for pelagic’s and assorted reef fish, big green job fish hang out here in the 25m to 30m areas that hold bait.


13. Break sea rough patch 24 33.348s 153 21.199e
This area has a lot of small rises 2m 4m high, fish anything that has bait. Maori cod, Red Emperor, parrot, you name it, it will be caught around here.


14. Break sea north 24 26.152s 153 17.232e
Situated about 17 miles north of sandy cape this area holds great fish but unfortunately hundreds of sharks, try to find isolated patches of reef for the best chance of beating the tax man.


15. Light ship 24 16.753s 153 05.624e
This area is where you are likely to encounter everything from big Blue Maori cod to red emperor, look for isolated patches of bait on the bottom and drift through it and hang on.; current can rage here at times, but the fishing is usually great, particularly at night.


16. Break sea NW patch 24 17.729s 153 01.324e
Another area worth searching for big Reds, scarlet sea perch and other bigger species, set you sounder to search the bottom 20m as all fish here inhabit the bottom. Reef Jacks are a reword if you find the right rock, but only seem to bight at night.


17. Herald patches 24 12.814s 152 41.257e
This area is better accessed from Bundaberg or Burnet heads, the ground here is home to trout, parrot and red throat emperor, but the big Reds can be found to the SE of here in the 45 m to 65m depths.