New dusky flathead and lobster rules

NSW introduces new dusky flathead and lobster recreational fishing rules – effective 1 August 2022. From 1 August 2022 there are new recreational fishing rules for dusky flathead and lobster in NSW. This follows a comprehensive community consultation process which showed strong community support for the proposed changes. The new changes for recreational fishers (line fishers and spear fishers) are: …

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Game Fish Tagging Program

Game Fish Tagging

NSW Fisheries reminds anglers to return tag cards. As the warm water game fishing season winds down, this is a great time to remind all anglers and boats to return their completed tag cards to their local game fishing club or directly back to the tagging program. All tag cards have a replied paid on the back so they can …

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NSW Fisheries grants now open

Applications for Recreational Fishing Trust Grants are now open! NSW Fisheries Would you like to improve recreational fishing in your local area? Fishers and community members are encouraged to apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts for projects that improve and promote recreational fishing across NSW. NSW Fisheries Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including …

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NSW Fisheries volunteers

NSW Fisheries would like to say a HUGE thanks to all their amazing volunteers, past and present.     Thank you for the great work that you do across the state to help promote sustainable and responsible recreational fishing through fishing workshops, events and in school education. We would not be able to do what we do without you! NSW …

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Bream great for kids

BREAM are great fish to catch and are ideally suited for kids, due to their accessibility. Most wharves, pontoons, rock walls and riverbanks hold a population of bream. Most years around this time pictures of Keira and myself appear in these pages with bream from the bottom end of the Brunswick River. It’s something we particularly love, and this year …

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Jewies, Murray cod and more for NSW anglers

jewies nsw

WELCOME to a new year of fishing. I am extremely excited because the new year gives us a chance to take last year’s experiences and use that knowledge to give us a better understanding and hopefully land a lot of new PBs. One of the main things I learnt from a young age is to keep a fishing diary. It …

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NSW Gone Fishing Day is on again

nsw gone fishing day

NSW Gone Fishing Day is on again! And NSW DPI will be running a host of events to celebrate our love of fishing and encourage everyone to get out on the water. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t fished before or if you’re the keenest of anglers, NSW Gone Fishing Day is for everyone! Free NSW DPI community fishing events for …

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Be SharkSmart this summer

be sharksmart summer

BEACHGOERS are encouraged to be SharkSmart, with a multi-faceted campaign under way together with the NSW Government’s $16 million Shark Management Strategy to reduce the risk of shark attacks this summer. NSW Department of Primary Industries deputy director General Fisheries Dr Geoff Allan said the SharkSmart campaign provides useful tips to minimise the risk of being in waters where sharks …

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Windarra Banks Fishing Well

Some good pearl perch were caught on the new moon in May, so definitely give them a go on the same moon in June if the weather allows. Pearlies really are one of the delicacies of the reef. The 50-fathom line is also holding a lot of squire but they are so small it’s not worth the effort and half of them …

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Landing the Elusive Reef Jack

I landed a couple and had several wipe-outs when I hooked what I initially thought was just another small kingfish. But then I looked over the side and saw something orange coming up. Perplexed, I gave the handle a few more turns and saw a mangrove jack of 4-5kg nearing the surface. In that split second when I recognised what the fish …

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