Know how to measure your catch correctly

Mr Depper said mud crabs were measured from point to point across the widest part of the shell and must be a minimum size of 15cm. Blue swimmer crabs are measured from the notch immediately forward of the base of the largest lateral spine on one side of the crab to the notch immediately forward of the base of the …

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Watch your winter whiting limit

“If we are to continue to enjoy fishing, everyone must share the resources and abide by the laws.” Mr Bowness said recreational fishers often confuse trumpeter whiting (winter whiting) with sand whiting (summer whiting). “Trumpeter whiting have a silvery grey back with a paler belly featuring a silver horizontal band,” he said. “Sand whiting are uniformly silver (no blotches) with …

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Freshwater fish stocking kicks off across NSW

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair has announced the start of the 2015/16 fish stocking season, which will see millions of fish released into NSW waterways to maintain and enhance our inland recreational fisheries. To kick start the highly anticipated freshwater fish-stocking season, Department of Primary Industries fish hatchery staff last week released up to 50,000 juvenile Australian bass into Glennies …

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Net-free fishing zones

THE Queensland Government will deliver on its election commitment and move ahead on the implementation of three net-free fishing zones in Queensland before the end of the year. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said Cabinet had considered the feedback from more than 6300 public submissions received during the recent consultation process. “Ninety percent of submissions were in favour of …

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Community meeting to discuss Queensland fishing rules

Local fishers are invited to an information evening to discuss local fishing issues and Queensland fishing rules. The information evening will be held at the Australian Hotel (Grey St, St George) on August 27, 2015 from 6.30pm. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Coby Walker said a number of changes to Queensland’s freshwater fishing rules came into effect from …

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Queensland Government Must Honour Its Election Promise To Rec Fishers

THE Australian Fishing Trade Association has called for the Queensland Government to honour its election promise and fully implement the three commercial net free zones at St Helens Beach to Cape Hillsborough, Keppel Bay to Fitzroy River and Trinity Bay. The call comes following reports that the powerful commercial fishing lobby is putting significant pressure on the Government to renege …

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Government contributes $1.1 million to solve fishing disputes

ACCORDING to a Queensland Country Life report, the Government has given a total of $1.1 million to two national fishing bodies in a bid to clear the air and solve fishing disputes between recreational and commercial anglers. Commercial fishers and those who fish for fun have received more than half a million dollars each from the Federal Government in an …

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Gladstone barra and jacks active

WINTER in Gladstone year has been very mild until recently, with temperatures rarely dropping below 12C on the central coast. This has seen the water temperature staying higher over winter and fish such as barra and jacks remaining a common capture. As the temperature begins to rise towards the end of August, these fish will start to bite for longer …

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Sneaky squid session

Changing to a 4g jig gave me enough distance to reach the back of the target area and allowed me to slowly work along the bank, keeping the old 10’ glass rod high to compensate for the weight of the 4g jig over the shallow reef. The only modern aspect to the rod and reel combination that has changed since …

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