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Fishing & Boating

2 February, 2021

Passionate fisherman wants to see Mackay put on the map as top fishing destination

Out of all the towns across Australia, a passionate fisherman says the Mackay region is the best and has the potential to be a great fishing spot.

By Andrew Sorensen

Michael Stranahan from New South Wales with a world class Permit caught and then released while flyfishing the flats in the Mackay region, this fish was sight cast in 3 feet of water. Photo: Contributed

Mackay Fly and Sportfishing owner/operator Paul Dolan said Mirani was now his home after deciding it was time to move on from Hervey Bay back in October, 2016.

Mr Dolan said he believed the Mackay region was great because of the numerous fishing spots available such as Kinchant, Teemburra and Eungella Dams.

However, he said he is concerned about the lack of promotion and attention coming from the Mackay Regional Council and noticed most people go to the Whitsundays to fish because of better subsidies and opportunities.

Compared to Mackay, he said The Rockhampton Regional Council have done a better job in the promotion of the Fitzroy Basin and what it can offer.

The passionate fisherman has used both Facebook and Instagram to promote the region but said his efforts can only go so far.

Mackay Regional Council has refuted criticism that it is not doing enough to promote fishing.

The region’s first recreational fishing strategy was adopted by Council in August, 2017.

Documentation outlined actions to manage, promote and develop recreational fisheries until 2022.

The Strategy focuses on four key themes of infrastructure, marketing and promotion, ecology and fisheries management and business development and support.

The Strategy was formulated after extensive consultation with more than 20 industry stakeholders.

Public comment was also forthcoming with more than 100 surveys being completed and considered during consultation.





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