A recreational fisher was recently detected using eight fishing lines in a Gold Coast creek. In tidal waters, only three fishing lines with up to six hooks in total are permitted. Photo: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Fishing line rules: don’t get in a tangle

RESTRICTIONS are in place on the number of fishing lines that can be used in Queensland fresh and tidal waters to protect fish stocks from overfishing.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said different fishing line rules applied to fishing gear used in tidal waters and non-tidal waters (fresh waters).
“Fishers are responsible for ensuring the fishing apparatus they use is not prohibited in the location they are using it,” Mr McDonald said.
“In tidal waters, up to three fishing lines with up to six hooks in total in any configuration are permitted.
“An artificial fly or lure is deemed to be equal to one hook.
“Cross lines, drum lines, a free-floating line and set lines are all prohibited in tidal waters.”

Mr McDonald said the fishing gear limits change when fishing in fresh water.
“In Queensland fresh waters, recreational fishers can use up to six fishing lines with one hook, artificial fly or lure attached to each line,” he said.
“As with tidal waters, cross lines, float lines and set lines are prohibited.
“Fishers must also ensure they stay within 50m of their fishing lines at all times.”

Marine park zoning regulations impose further restrictions on the type of fishing and gear permitted in tidal waters.
Information and maps for marine park zones can be found at www.npsr.qld.gov.au

For more information on Queensland fishing gear rules and specifications, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 for a free copy of the new ‘Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide’ or download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores.
You can follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

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