John McCabe is worried that his favourite fishing spots will be closed off for industry.
John McCabe is worried that his favourite fishing spots will be closed off for industry. KIERAN MORAN

Anglers fear spots going

RECREATIONAL fishermen in Gladstone are slowly losing their favourite fishing spots.

Concerns are being raised as to exactly what impacts new industries like the liquefied natural gas industry will have on anglers and their families with some saying eventually there will be nothing left.

Recreational fisherman John McCabe said fishing had always been a pastime for him and his family.

“I’ve got a tinny so I can generally get to the spots that I want to fish,” he said.

“But when I have the kids with me I prefer to fish off the bank as I find it safer for the kids.

“Now I am beginning to hear that one of my favourite spots that I like to take the kids may be closed off to the public.”

The area of concern for Mr McCabe is about 500 metres on the left past the bridge near the power station going out of town. The dirt road goes into a local spot known as Anna Branch where you can run crab pots and throw in a line.

“I’m a recreational fisherman and I am concerned for the public,” Mr McCabe said.

“You can assume that the road will be blocked off to the public because there is a sign saying a new power substation upgrade will be built in the area.”

The sign erected by Power Link Queensland reads, “A new modern substation is planned for this site to support the community’s future electricity needs.”

“A number of people have asked if it is going to close with some expecting it to due to the amount of traffic that goes along that road,” Mr McCabe said.

“That’s another fishing area where the public can go that is going to be blocked off.

“There just doesn’t seem to be an allowance for the public or recreational fishermen that don’t have a boat.”

Mr McCabe said he was concerned because he had seen it happen before.

“I remember a couple of years ago near the Red Rover Road near the railway line,” he said.

“All of a sudden with absolutely no notice there was a gate and fence put up. It was a great area under the rail bridge where a number of families went fishing and crabbing.

“We are very slowly losing nice little spots to go fishing with nothing being replaced. The only way you can fish is with a boat and unfortunately not everyone can afford a boat”

The Observer contacted Power Link Queensland but they were unavailable for comment.

Fishing Hotspots

Calliope River – Power Station hot water outlet.

The Marina - holds baitfish and occasional coral trout.

Flying Fox Creek – blue salmon, crabs, barra, jacks, cod, bream, whiting and flathead.

Gladstone Channel – holds big jewfish, golden snapper and most other species.

Headlands – fish well for mackerel, queenfish and trevally.

Seal Rocks – good reef fishing, queenfish, snubnosed dart, trevally.

Rocks at Boyne River – salmon, mudcrabs, bream, whiting, flathead.

Colosseum Inlet – estuary fish throughout.

Wild Cattle Creek - estuary fish throughout, flathead and whiting.

Shoal Bay – barra, whiting and flathead.

Anabranch Bridge – salmon, bream and javelin.

South Trees – queenfish, barra, jacks, golden snapper and trevally.

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