Tackle World Mackay salesman Nathan Edwards said this weekend would be a “last minute opportunity” before poor weather and the end of school holidays limited fishing in the region.
Tackle World Mackay salesman Nathan Edwards said this weekend would be a “last minute opportunity” before poor weather and the end of school holidays limited fishing in the region.

Cool outlook for last chance to get out on water

FISHERS will have a only brief moment to enjoy the water this weekend before reality shuts down the fun.

Tackle World Mackay salesman Nathan Edwards said this weekend would be a "last minute opportunity" before poor weather and the end of school holidays limited fishing in the region.

"This week the wind will start to drop, so you can get out before school holidays," Mr Edwards said.

But cool conditions mean fishers would have to seek shelter if they braved the waters, he said.

Pioneer River, Shoal Point Beach and McCreadys Creek would be popular spots away from the wind, Mr Edwards said.

"For those who want to launch the tinny in the creek there's Sandy and Murray Creek," he said.

Fishers at these spots should be able to lure in some whiting and bream, he said.

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Once the weather turns, anglers could also try to catch some blue salmon and grunters, Mr Edwards said, while ocean fishers could pick up some Spanish mackerel, red emperor and nannygai.

Time was running out before snapper season closes on July 15, he reminded fishers.

"Even though the temperature here has been dropping there's some reports of quality crabs this week," he said.

But he warned the pickings would be slim in winter.

For residents who cannot make it to the water, Mr Edwards said this weekend would be a perfect opportunity to look after their equipment if they were storing them for winter.

"It's about making sure maintenance is up to tackle," he said.

He said cleaning equipment would prevent corrosion problems down the track.

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Forecaster Lauren Pattie said the persistent shower activity and strong winds on Thursday had not brought much rain. Photo: Peter Wallis
Forecaster Lauren Pattie said the persistent shower activity and strong winds on Thursday had not brought much rain. Photo: Peter Wallis

Weekend weather outlook

THE gloomy skies above Mackay will clear but only briefly as more cloud cover sweeps into the region, the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

Forecaster Lauren Pattie said the persistent shower activity on Thursday had not brought much rain.

"It's been a little more gloomy than the gauges might suggest," Ms Pattie said.

Despite the heavy clouds, the highest rain total on Thursday was only 13mm at Clarke Range, followed by 11mm at Eungella.

Mackay Airport recorded only 3.8mm from 9am to 4pm, Ms Pattie said.

But as Mackay moves into the weekend, Ms Pattie said there would be opportunities to enjoy the sunshine.

"When you wake up it will be a little bit above average on Friday," Ms Pattie said.

"There's only a slim chance of showers on Saturday.

"I would head out on Saturday when you'll get a more sunny day."

Winds would ease as Thursday's high pressure system moved away from Mackay, she said.

But the clouds and wind would return by Monday as a trough moved back over the region.