Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dad's Day the Ideal Time to Go Fishing

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dad's Day the Ideal Time to Go Fishing

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Byline: Mitchell Bazley

MACKAY'S waterways should be loaded with fish this weekend, just in time for a memorable Fathers Day fishing trip.

A combination of warm weather, light winds and small tides will give the region's anglers and fishing families the opportunity to get out and wet a line in ideal conditions.

Many will be trying to get their hooks into the good supply of barramundi in the creeks and channels.

Clint Hassan, of Tackleworld Mackay, said the creeks and estuaries around Mackay would be worth having a look at and he believes everyone should use the good weather to their advantage.

"Try places like Murray Creek, Constant Creek and Rocky Dam because there are large amounts of blue and king salmon as well as grunter in those waterways at the moment," Mr Hassan said.

"You'll have some great winds this weekend, mostly northerly tracking at about 15 knots on Saturday and around eight knots on Fathers Day".

Mr Hassan said he expected the weather outlook would draw many people into fishing and that conditions would be perfect for those chasing mackerel.

"The weather will be nice and calm for mackerel fishermen in the next few days. I would suggest that they go and try the areas around the headlands, Flat Top Island, Round Top Island and Slade Island," he said.

"Try your luck with some standard lures or some hard body lures and you will get your hands on some great Spanish and grey mackeral".

Mud crabs should also be in good supply this weekend and will be scattered throughout the region's creeks and estuaries.

"If you want to head up to the creeks and chase some mud cabs, which are on the chew at the moment, just let your bait soak for a couple of nights and search for the deeper holes," Mr Hassan said.

While some good catches have been reported, Mr Hassan believes conditions will get better over the next few days. …

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