WITH heavy rain and flooding disrupting fishing conditions throughout most of the region, its the ideal time to do some boat and trailer maintenance.
Aaron Sturdy suggests that it’s time “to repair your rods and reels and to restock your tackle boxes. Make sure you have everything ready for when the weather comes good again.”
This weather might be annoying for the devoted angler but afterwards the conditions improve Sturdy said that there will be plenty of mud crab and prawn around the traps.
Spots like Victor Creek, near Seaforth, where you’ll find prawns along the mud banks and sandbars. If you’re looking for a spot further south, near Sarina, Grasstree Beach and Alligator Creek are also good spots for prawns.
For those hardcore fishermen and women who are keen to brave the rain from land – don’t forget your raincoat and head to the South Harbour Break wall. There you can cross your fingers for jew, finger mark or trevally.
As we’re smack dab in the middle of barra season, Sturdy advised to chase a barra at one of the dams, “where the water will be clean, but avoid any saltwater creeks.
You will still catch fish but it will be hard working.” It’s best to be patient as barra like the rain and even though it is open season,
“What a lot of people don’t know is that they will continue to keep breeding if the conditions are right,” said Sturdy. Maybe there is a bright side to all this rain after all.
Recent sightings of the predatory peacock bass species in Mackay’s Gooseponds has become a sensitive issue.
Following sampling done by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, it has been confirmed that South American genus of cichlids has also been found in the Pioneer River.
The introduction of the peacock bass is of great concern to fish ecologists as they are are eager predators, and could have detrimental impact on native fish populations.
When asked how a foreign species like this gets introduced to a local waterway Aaron Sturdy said, “More than likely it was someone’s pet fish that got too big for the tank and then released it.”
However, it is known by astute fishermen that the peacock bass are good to eat and fun to catch. The species have been known to be released by sport fishermen for these reasons.
DAF requests that if you catch one of these fish to report it immediately on 4967 0601.
Magpies Fishing Club is looking for members to join its ranks.
The family-owned club is made up of men and women of all ages and does lot of light-gear fishing off the beach and in boats.
It’s a great way to meet other keen anglers around town or learn skills you may not know.
As part of the Mackay Fishing Association, the club also takes part in several fishing competitions across the region.
Meeting times vary according to tides and weather, but several camping trips and charters are planned in the coming months.
Joining fees are $45 for seniors and $30 for juniors, plus $2 for a Magpies membership fee and includes the club fishing jersey.
For more information phone Alison Clough on 0421 039 636.