Berkley Boondooma Brawl

Dane credited his success to his Barrabass XSB822 rod paired to a Daiwa Steez spooled with 15lb braid and 12lb leader tied to a Smak 1/2oz Mini Coop in colour 07. Dane gave a shout-out to the good people who sponsor him at Barrabass Custom Tournament Rods, Tonic Eyewear and TT/Z-Man Lures. Congratulations on a solid performance Dane; we look …

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Monster bass in Bluefin Teams Open

THE final qualifier for the Bluefin Teams series was run at Lake Boondooma and the fish remained on the bite from the March 21-22 Berkley Boondooma Brawl. With Easter just a week beforehand and an extremely competitive field, we were concerned the bass wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure, but if anything the fishing was better than at the …

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Illegal pipi collecting results in $10,000 worth of fines

THREE recreational fishers have been fined a total of $10,000 at the Noosa Magistrates Court for exceeding pipi possession limits and obstructing fisheries officers. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said a recent patrol of Teewah Beach, north of Noosa, found two incidents of illegal pipi collecting. “In the first incident, a family was found to have …

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Abusive fisher fined $9700

A CARDWELL fisher fined $9700 for abusing officers and using commercial fishing gear without a licence has learnt a costly lesson. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Rob Ibell said the heavy penalty should serve as a reminder to other fishers that abusive behaviour towards officers would not be tolerated. “QBFP officers responded to a complaint from a member …

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QBFP Clam-ping down on mollusc limit

QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol is reminding fishers that a total in-possession mollusc limit of 50 applies to pipis, cockles and mud whelks following increased reports of people taking excess molluscs at Redland Bay. QBFP district officer Matt Davidson said in Queensland, a person can only legally take and possess 50 molluscs and gastropods at any given time. “The possession …

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Choose Australian seafood for your Easter feast

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, is encouraging consumers to buy Australian seafood this Easter – or catch your own! “Easter is a time of year when many Australian families enjoy a traditional meal of seafood. To make sure you’re getting the best quality and most sustainably sourced seafood this Easter, I urge you to buy …

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Costly mack attack: fishers fined $9000 for exceeding limits

Mr McDonald said QBFP officers located excess fish in a hidden compartment on board the vessel. “During the inspection, the skipper continually denied that there were more fish on the boat other than what was in the Esky,” he said. “However, the officers found a hidden compartment underneath a toolbox that was accessed by pulling back the carpet and removing …

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Mangroves destroyed: developer fined $10,000 and ordered to fix

Mr Depper said developers needed to understand their obligations and environmental responsibilities in works they undertake. “With 75 percent of Queensland’s fish species dependent on estuaries and fish habitat areas for part of their life cycle, these environments are incredibly important for fishing,” he said. “Disturbances to marine plants, however minor, have a cumulative effect that can lead to a …

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Fitzroy River Barrage off limits to all fishing

LOCAL fishers are reminded that the waters 400m upstream and 400m downstream of the Fitzroy River Barrage are closed to all forms of fishing. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol acting district officer Brenda Stevenson said the reminder was prompted by the discovery of a net within the closed waters area. “QBFP regularly patrols the Fitzroy River area to ensure fishers are …

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