Fishing

Officers catch fishers and restaurants red handed

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FISHERIES officers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries have continued to crack down on the illegal possession and sale of recreationally caught fish. NSW DPI Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Anthony Chen, is reminding recreational fishers and restaurateurs to follow the rules or face the consequences. Mr Chen said the warning follows a number of convictions of fishers and restaurateurs …

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Great Barrier Reef visitors urged to be Reef smart

great barrier reef smart

WITH thousands of people enjoying the Great Barrier Reef during the summer holidays, visitors are reminded to follow responsible Reef practices and be Reef smart when out on the water or visiting islands. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Reef Protection acting general manager Belinda Jago said enjoying different activities and experiences throughout the iconic World Heritage Area needed to …

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Flathead stocking trial a first for NSW

dusky flathead stocking nsw

THE Port Stephens Fisheries Institute has now successfully reared juvenile dusky flathead and in early December, NSW Department of Primary Industries released 1200 flathead measuring about 15cm in the southern areas of Lake Macquarie in the greater Newcastle area. DPI has been working on breeding technology for duskies over the past year to hopefully enable large-scale dusky flathead stocking in …

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Guide to catching prawns and crabs on foot

prawns and crabs on foot moreton bay

IT is that time again – time to hunt prawns and mud crabs. Nothing new about that over summertime, but this is prawning and crabbing with a difference – from the shore in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. For our NSW readers, you would be familiar with the favourite summer pastime of chasing greasyback, eastern king and tiger prawns in the estuaries. …

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Boat crushing sends loud, clear message to illegal fishers

boat crushing black market fishing

THE fishing boat at the centre of Queensland’s biggest black market fisheries bust has been reduced to recycling material after being seized and crushed by the State Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the 4.3m aluminium vessel was crushed to show all fishers what can happen if they flout Queensland’s fisheries laws. “This boat crushing …

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Okuma Sabiki UTG rod

okuma sabiki utg rod

DESIGNED for jigging sabiki rigs when gathering bait, with the design allowing the rig to be wound inside the rod to minimises snagging and tangling when not in use, the Okuma Sabiki UTG rod has been built from the ground up to overcome the shortcomings of other sabiki rods that have been pointed out to Okuma by frustrated anglers. A …

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Extended Swain Reefs charter part 2 – the fishing action!

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PICKING up where I left off last month on my week-long live-aboard Swain Reefs charter trip with Carlo Fishing Charters, we’d just wrapped up an incredible morning of fishing a glassed-out Great Barrier Reef. This unreal start to the fishing had us salivating, but not for lunch, rather to get back out in the dories and catch more epic fish! …

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Sharp knives a necessity – ideal gift packs

sicut sharp knives

WHILE sourcing parts for my Ezy-Sharp knife sharpener, the conversation turned to my love of sharp knives. Aussie Outback Supplies is an Aussie business marketing specialised knife packs in varying combinations. SICUT (Spencer Innovative Cutlery) knives was established in 1994 and now sees the third generation of the family  supplying high-quality carbon steel knives at reasonable prices. I have the …

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Platypus Stealth FC fluorocarbon leader

platypus stealth fc fluorocarbon leader

MANUFACTURED in Japan to exacting specifications, Platypus Stealth FC is a new generation of stealth leader, an advanced fluorocarbon leader that offers anglers cutting-edge technology and excellent value for money, with increased spool lengths for their dollar. With over 120 years of fishing line design, development and manufacturing in Australia, Platypus has comprehensively tested fluorocarbon leaders to ensure they offer …

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Gamakatsu P-Flex Single Lure Hook

gamakatsu p-flex single lure hook

THE P-Flex Single Lure Hook from Gamakatsu is a single lure hook rigged on an assist. The assist, a braided cord with a short length makes the Gamakatsu P-Flex ideal for lure fishing where a single hook is desirable. The P-Flex is available in three sizes of size 1, 1/0 and 2/0 and features an extra-strong heavy-duty hook. The P-Flex …

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