MEGA CATCH: Coby Pascoe with a 1240mm wild barra. One of many metre-plus barras caught in CQ recently.
MEGA CATCH: Coby Pascoe with a 1240mm wild barra. One of many metre-plus barras caught in CQ recently. Contributed

Mega barras bite Central Queensland lines

MEGA barra's being caught in the region indicate this season could be one of the best on record.

Hooked Fishing Charters Guide skipper Coby Pascoe said that since the season opened, there had already been several metre plus barramundi caught from all of the net free zone estuaries.

"In the future, the Fitzroy River will be known as one of the best barra fisheries on the east coast of Australia and we'll see a boost from people all over the country wanting a piece of the action,” Mr Pascoe said.

To ensure the Rockhampton region lands the economic potential from the barra charge, Rockhampton Regional Council has put in place a number of key initiatives to develop the region's recreational fishing industry.

Council was this week presented with an update on the Rockhampton Recreational Fishing Development Strategy.

The report showed that significant progress had been made in the areas of marine infrastructure, business and marketing development, fisheries management and improving the environments fish live in.

RRC Infrastructure Committee chair, Councillor Tony Williams said council was moving at full throttle to take advantage of the economic and lifestyle opportunities recreational fishing presented.

"Since council endorsed the fishing development strategy, we have been successful in obtaining State Government commitment to construct a new boat ramp for north Rockhampton, made progress on drafting designs for land-based fishing areas, partnered in fish monitoring programs and we're working with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on a project to improve fish habitats,” Cr Williams said.



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