Freshwater Fishing Videos

It was a great day on the water with Paul Burt and students from Richmond River State High School. Based at Camp Lake Fire, Maroon Dam, the fishing took place during the school camp program. The story aired on Channel 7's Creek to Coast on Saturday, 14 November 2015.


The September holiday camp was dominated by the girls with 34 out of the total of 53. It was great to see them catch some nice fish. The boys didn’t miss out though, they caught their fair share.

It was an awesome weekend with the fathers and boys at Churchie on 29-30 August 2015. The catch comprised of mainly Australian bass, but there were a couple of nice yellowbelly landed as well. 


During the 2015 April holiday camp, the students used a combination of live shrimp and worms to catch Australian bass.

The students had a great time on the water during the December 2014 School Holiday Survivor Camp. Samuel's yellowbelly measured 57cm. There were also plenty of excellent-sized Australian bass caught, as well as some spangled perch and eel-tailed catfish.

Some fantastic yellowbelly were landed during the TSS father & son fishing weekend, both on live shrimp and spinnerbaits. Some fish were kept for dinner.  The boys did a great job breadcrumbing the fillets.  

Students catching Australian bass and eel-tailed catfish during Sports Tuition School Holiday Survivor Camp for 8-13 year olds at Maroon Dam, Camp Lake Fire, on 24 September 2014.

School Holiday Survivor Camp Fishing at Maroon Dam.

Maroon Dam Fishing Charter - Courtesy of Channel 7 - The Great South East

Hinze Dam Fishing Tours - Courtesy of Channel 9 - Saturday Afternoon

Hinze Dam Father & Son Fishing Tour  - Courtesy of Channel 7 - The Great South East


Australian bass are a targeted species in freshwater impoundments.  They are an aggressive fish and they strike hard, which equates to plenty of fun for the angler.  Sports Tuition offers a fantastic service which includes; the use of boats and canoes, which are all powered by Minn Kota electric motors, all fishing equipment, live shrimp for bait and fishing guide.

Sports Tuition's home base is Maroon Dam.  Hinze Dam charters can be organised, however, minimum numbers apply.

Maroon Dam is located approximately 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  It is 25km south of Boonah and it is one of South East Queensland's best freshwater fly and surface fishing destinations.

One of the best fisheries on the Gold Coast is Hinze Dam.  Hinze Dam is the Gold Coast's water supply and this pristine environment is something everyone should experience. Hinze Dam is located about 15 kilometres southwest from central Nerang, which is approximately 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise. 

Sports Tuition offers ½ Day & Full Day Fishing Charters and Weekend Fishing Tours.  Weekend Tours have participants accommodated overnight in cabin accommodation.   For all weekend tours, participants have the opportunity to learn how to fillet the fish and prepare it for dinner.  Packages may consist entirely of fishing time on the water or a combination of fishing with workshops on knots & rigs, soft plastics, lures, fish filleting and learning the art of fly-casting.

Adventure packages are also available which include the fishing with an option to also include abseiling, canoeing, milk crate climb and archery.

Sports Tuition can cater for up to 40 guests.  Morning tea/afternoon tea is served on the water during the ½ day charters, with lunch also included for full day charters. The Head Fishing Guide is Steve Wilkes. Steve is a fishing journalist and regularly presents as a key note speaker at conferences and international fishing shows.