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Fishing & Boating

18 July, 2021

Check out these spots

by Amy Bender G’day to the Mackay Community! We are well and truly into July with the school holidays finishing up last week. I hope some young anglers got out and about in the community to wet a line and are now ready to get back into their school term. We have had some good weather inshore and offshore with some Snapper, Grey Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Whiting and Flathead on the bite for those getting out there and giving it a crack! Last week’s column I introduced the beginner angler to the basic lure fishing necessaries.


G’day to the Mackay Community! We are well and truly into July with the school holidays finishing up last week. I hope some young anglers got out and about in the community to wet a line and are now ready to get back into their school term. We have had some good weather inshore and offshore with some Snapper, Grey Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Whiting and Flathead on the bite for those getting out there and giving it a crack! Last week’s column I introduced the beginner angler to the basic lure fishing necessaries.

 This week I would like to bring some more local fishing spots to light so that anyone can get out and practice their casting skills. When casting our bait or lure hold the rod at about waist level, so that the reel is below the rod, and the stem of your reel feels natural between your fingers. The bait or lure should be hanging 10-18 inches (25-45cms) below the end of the rod.

Hook the line with your forefinger, and open the bail, continuing to hold your line. Pull the rod back so that the tip sweeps over your dominant shoulder, then bring it forward swiftly pointing the rod tip at your target. As the rod comes forward of your shoulder release the line with your finger so the weight pulls the line off the reel. Close the bail with your hand and your ready to reel using a retreive technique. With all this in mind, one place in Mackay that some might not be aware of practicing your technique, with the almost guarantee of a fish, is the Gooseponds in North Mackay. 

You can gain access to the water via Malcolmson Street, Glenpark Street and Evans Avenue. The Gooseponds are no deeper then 600mm which makes it very family friendly. It is stocked with juvenile Barramundi around the 3-5kg size, Tarpon reaching 5-6kg size, snake head gudgeon (close relative to the sleepy cod) and the Tilapia are known to be caught in these waters. The Tilapia is a pest so when they are caught refer to the QLD fisheries website when disposing of these non-native species. 

Tarpon and Barra are absolute suckers for soft plastics and these lures are the most practical to use in these high weeded areas. The best time to fish the Gooseponds are anytime, so pack up your lures and get casting! Another spot for these species is at The Lagoons at the Southern Entrance to the Mackay city.

 Access to this spot is via Lagoon Street with parking areas near the water treatment works. You can catch Tarpon and Barramundi here with soft plastics and grubs being the most effective. The best time of day to fish these locations are late afternoon and into the night as both  Barramundi and Tarpon are more active at this time. I am told that mosquitoes and sand flies are quite bad so ensure you take something to warn off the nasties and more importantly you can then enjoy your fishing session. 

If the angler is looking for something more experienced and adventurous, the saltwater creeks are also a good location to practice casting and catching fish. North of Mackay you have the choice of Reliance Creek, Constant Creek, Murray Creek as well as Seaforth hosting the net free zone. Pack up the car and the kids and make a day trip or take the camping gear and make it a fishing trip you’ll never forget. South of Mackay also has the options of Baker’s Creek, Alligator Creek, Sandy Creek, Rocky Dam Creek and the Sarina Inlet Area, just to name your options.

 So we really are spoilt for choice here in the beautiful Mackay Region! An exciting annual event hosted by the Mackays Game Fishing Club is their Spanish Mackerel Fishing Shootout starting on Saturday and ending on Sunday. It is open to the general public and will be kicking off near the Mulheron Park Boat Ramp in the Mackay Harbour via East Point Drive. The event is hoping for 100+ anglers for this year’s annual competition and is giving away a whopping $5000 in cash and prizes. 

The biggest catch for this tournament was in 2018 with the biggest ‘Spannie’ being caught weighing in at 32.7kgs! What a whopper! I look forward to seeing the pictures and fishing reports on this event and will give you and update on my next week’s column! Goodluck to all who have entered and have a ball to everyone involved! What a great region we live in! Well, that is all from me this week Mackay Community, I hope you get out and about and dont forget to send us in any of your fishing pictures as we would love to see them! 

 Happy Fishing Mackay!

  - Cheers, Amy Bender ebook: @amyporterbender, @womenempowering womenmackay  


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