Fishing spot to die for
BEAUTIFUL moutains behind, serene water all around... until the tug on the end of your line tells you it's a big 'un and the fight is on.
Landing a barramundi at Lake Awoonga is one of the top 100 things to do in Australia before you die.
Barramundi fans from all over Australia have known it for a while, but it's been confirmed by a well-respected, far-travelled panel.
Getaway reporter Catriona Rowntree, Sunrise presenter David Koch and Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler were some of those who voted barramundi fishing at Lake Awoonga 66th on the list of things to do.
Lake Awoonga Caravan Park owner Merv Hinneberg was pleased but not surprised.
"We know it's good,'' Mr Hinneberg said.
"It's really getting a good reputation, especially interstate.''
Mr Hinneberg said Lake Awoonga harboured a secret, or not so secret, dream ? catching a big fish.
"A lot of people have an ambition to catch barramundi,'' Mr Hinneberg.
In the last two years Lake Awoonga barramundi fishing has come of age and fishermen can almost rely on catching a fish over one metre.
"Once they started catching fish over a metre it really turned around,'' Mr Hinneberg said. "People are disappointed if they don't catch a fish over one metre.
"It's the best stocked dam in Queensland.''
Lake Awoonga has been stocked with two million fingerlings to date.
GAPDL marketing manager Brent Randall said Lake Awoonga's easy accessibility and its proximity to Brisbane were factors contributing to the rating.
"There's a resurgence in freshwater fishing and Lake Awoonga has proved itself a premier destination,'' Mr Randall said.
"People are blown away by Lake Awoonga. A fishing journalist said it was one of the top 10 fishing impoundments in the world.''
He believed a number of other areas in the Gladstone region like Agnes Water and Heron Island were equal to those in the top 100.