Mudcrabs show country the region is back in business
THE creeks were always going to be busy the day after a public holiday.
But it was the busiest it's been in Constant Creek, according to keen fisherman Matthew Sutton who has taken television show Creek to Coast on many fishing adventures around the region in recent years.
That was a good sign, as it meant the crabs were running, which is what Creek to Coast wanted to capture - that Mackay and surrounding areas were back in business after Cyclone Debbie.
The crew were in town on April 26, filming for Caravanning Queensland, to give the region a bit of a "push along”.
Presenter Scott Hillier said one of the few good things to come from the cyclone was the amount of rain the area received, which makes for good crabbing conditions.
"Mackay north, the fishing is second to none on any given day if the conditions are right.
"The rain does wonders for the crabs, it gets them out of their holes, it gets some fresh into the system - they don't like just pure fresh they need a bit of salt,” he said.
"We threw the crab pots in and without a doubt, one pull of the pots and we had three beautiful big mud crabs.”
The crew stopped at three crabs to keep to their busy schedule, although not everyone was happy with that.
"I had a cameraman that loved his mud crabs as well, so when I said that's it we're done we're going, he was going 'No, you'll eat two of them, I want two.'
Despite only getting the pots in, Hillier said fishing around the area was incomparable.
"I'll be hard pressed to find a better spot to catch a fish in the country.”
If you're thinking of heading to Constant this weekend, Hillier passed on the some advice on dropping the pots.
"If your in a tidal area where the tides running work out exactly which way it's going, the tides movement, and make sure you put the entrances to your crab pots coinciding with the run, so the crabs don't have to go around the pot,” he said.