Fishing News

Tilapia suspected in Cooby Creek

Biosecurity Queensland is investigating a report of the invasive pest fish species tilapia suspected in Cooby Creek, downstream of Cooby Dam, north of Toowoomba. Cooby Creek is a tributary that flow into the Murray-Darling Basin. If confirmed, this would be the first instance that tilapia have been found in this catchment. Tilapia were introduced into Australia in the 1970s as …

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ICOLLS – Complex environment, important fish habitat

With heavy rain and large seas making its impact across our State, NSW Fisheries Officers are out and about on the lookout for attempts to illegally open Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLLS) on the NSW coast. Illegal openings of lakes and lagoons have the potential to lead to large scale fish kills and ongoing environmental impacts. ICOLLs …

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Sussing out Swain Reefs

Sussing Swain Reefs

Well, we’ve certainly experienced some crazy weather over the past three months or so, with relentless strong wind and ridiculous amounts of rainfall. Sussing Swain Reefs I feel for the thousands of people who have been affected by the floods and my thoughts are with you all. Sussing Swain Reefs Now, I know it’s been a while between articles, but …

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Planning a K’gari Fraser trip

K’gari Fraser trip

As we move into April and the second month of autumn, the days get shorter, the nights cooler and anticipation levels greater! K’gari Fraser trip Why, you may ask. K’gari Fraser trip Well, cool weather means one thing to me – that the peak beach fishing season in Queensland is not far away. K’gari Fraser trip With K’gari (formerly known …

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From unlawful net to prohibited take of species by spear at the Clarence

unlawful net spear

During a recent patrol of the Clarence Fisheries District up in Yaegl Country, Fisheries Officers Boughton and Maskey received information regarding a person who was allegedly using an unlawful net in ocean waters adjacent to the Woody Head campground, in Bundjalung National Park. unlawful net spear After further investigation and several hours of surveillance, Fisheries Officers intercepted a 39 year …

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Proof big bait equals big fish

big bait big fish

While many thousands of articles have been written on how to catch large jewfish using almost every technique and bait or lure imaginable, the old saying ‘big bait equals big fish’ still holds true, especially when fishing off the beach. Yes, I’ve seen large jew caught on king prawns, small strips of mullet, bonito and the humble beachworm, however I …

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Operation Guardian getting results along our inland rivers

Fisheries Officers continue to wrack up the results as part of Operation Guardian along our inland waterways after the recent apprehension of fishers engaged in illegal fish trapping. Since Operation Guardian began, Fisheries Officers in the North West of the state have spent many hours in the field detecting and deterring illegal activity and have seized 50 wire fish traps …

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Commercial fisher has been fined $15,000

A commercial fisher has been fined $15,000 in the Caboolture Magistrates Court. He had repeatedly failed to allow Fisheries officers to inspect his vehicle and boat, did not maintain logbooks properly and had non-compliant nets. The offences took place on a number of occasions over 6 months. In one instance, the fisher motored away from QBFP officers on the Caboolture …

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Carp and tilapia eradication

Carp tilapia eradication

It was a fantastic turn out for the 2021 Wyaralong Dam Carp and Tilapia Eradication Competition held on November 13, 2021 which saw 234 competitors smash some of the largest fish removed from the Wyaralong Dam yet, even with not ideal weather and dubious conditions leading up to and on the day. Organised by the Logan and Albert Fish Management …

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Nice angling around Northern Rivers NSW

angling Northern Rivers

Fishing around the Iluka and Yamba areas has been fairly good recently, with some excellent catches being reported from the headlands and breakwalls. angling Northern Rivers The southern end of the Iluka Bluff has been on fire for plenty of large jewfish on minnow lures during a falling tide, with the largest fish weighed at the local tackle shop tipping …

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