Cameron Hills with a Saratoga caught at a fishing spot west of Mackay. Picture: cameron_hills_fishing
Cameron Hills with a Saratoga caught at a fishing spot west of Mackay. Picture: cameron_hills_fishing

MACKAY FISHING: Weekend tides, weather and pro tips

THE winds are blowing across Mackay this weekend so the creeks and beaches are a safer bet for throwing a line in.

Tackle World Mackay salesman Nathan Edwards said there had been some good reports of whiting in the creeks coming into the next full moon.

He recommended the incoming night tide in the Pioneer River, just upstream of the Forgan Bridge heading back towards Caneland Central, as a prime location.

"There's also been some whiting in some of those creeks (outside of Mackay) towards the net-free zones," Mr Edwards said.

With whiting well-known for their fondness of yabbies, Mr Edwards said the best time for yabby-pumping was two to three hours before high tide.

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He said hot spots included Eimeo Creek in front of the Eimeo boat ramp, in the Pioneer River opposite St Patrick's College, at the mouth of Barnes Creek and Vine Creek, and at Far Beach and Town Beach.

Mr Edwards also said big tides were bringing in grunters, "usually bycatch for those catching blue salmon".

"Murray Creek is always a good creek to target a few grunter in," he said.

"The best baits for them are flesh baits including bream, ribbon fish and garfish fillets."

He said cast nets were a "fishermen's best friend" and could be used anywhere that did not have "too much of a rocky bottom".

A good tip was to stay persistent and cast on low tide in the creeks and at high tide on the beaches, he said.

Dylan with a tilapia caught at the Mackay Gooseponds. Picture: Contributed
Dylan with a tilapia caught at the Mackay Gooseponds. Picture: Contributed

But if all of this sounds like too much prep work, why not head down to the Mackay Gooseponds and take up Mackay Regional Council mayor Greg Williamson's challenge of fishing the tilapia?

"They're the rats of the ocean," Cr Williamson said.

"If you catch a tilapia, get rid of it and go in and grab another."

 

Clouds and winds ahead

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Gabriel Branescu said there would be high winds over the weekend with a one to one-and-a-half metre ocean swell.

But there was only a slight chance of rain, he said.

 

Here's what Mr Branescu says you can expect:

Friday: Mostly sunny, minimum 11C, maximum 22C, winds 20-30km/h (10-15 knots) during the day, dropping to 10-15km/h at night.

Winds will feel "fresh" during the day.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with slight chance of rain, minimum 12C, maximum 22C, easterly winds 15-25km/h during the day, dropping to about 10km/h at night.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower, minimum 12C, maximum 22C, easterly winds 15-25km/h during the day, dropping to about 10km/h at night.

 

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