A hearty welcome to the Tuross Head Fishing Club!

Home of the annual Tuross Head Flathead & Bream Tournament.


Tuross Head Fishing Club is a sub-club of the Tuross Head Country Club and is one of the biggest fishing clubs on the South Coast of
New South Wales. At Tuross,
the opportunity exists to fish estuaries, rock, beach, lake and offshore. We hope you enjoy casting your eye (pun intended) over our website... who knows, perhaps we’ll ‘catch’ you on the water ;)

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Want a fun day out?

Tuross & Bodalla race day is on again, Sunday 29 May. With True Blue Theme it will be a fantastic and fun social day out and you could even win some prizes on the day.

Tuross Head Country Club has a Bus Service at cost of $10 return. For bookings leave your name at the Club. Bus leaves at 11.30 from the Tuross Head Country Club

For Fishing Club members another $10 will cover entry, limited drinks (beer, wine soft drinks) and food. Interested contact Janine our Catering Officer via Facebook or ring 4473 6488 and leave a message.
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Computer and FaceBook Training for Fishing Club Members

From next Sunday, May 15, we will begin the above training for interested members. The venue is downstairs at the Tuross Head Country Club and we will begin at around 10.00am. It’s Free !
We anticipate performing training for an hour or so over a six week period. We are flexible on that.

Bring your Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet or Desktop computer, keyboard and monitor. Bring associated power cords perhaps an electrical extension cable and powerboard. Nothing more frustrating than the battery going flat during the training.
We were originally limiting this to six people, however, let us just see how it runs with as many people turn up. We would appreciate RSVP via Facebook, email ( byron@hwy.com.au ) or ph 0438 742 005.
Mike and Regina
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an information bulletin for recreational fishers
May 2016

Apply for funding - Go Fishing Day 2016 grants
Recreational fishing clubs are invited to apply for grants to help run fishing activities on Go Fishing Day - 16th October 2016. The inaugural NSW Go Fishing Day was held last December across six regional locations and was a great success with thousands of people attending the Day’s activities.

Go Fishing Day promotes fishing as a healthy, outdoors, family activity and educates children and adults about sustainable fishing. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for activities such as casting and fishing workshops, information sessions and other fishing activities. Activities such as restoring fish habitat are also eligible. More information

Going fishing in trout spawning streams?
Fishing rules for trout spawning streams apply to the Thredbo River upstream of Lake Jindabyne and the Eucumbene River upstream of Lake Eucumbene from 1 May to the end of the June long weekend.

The minimum legal length for Trout and Salmon in these waters is 50cm and the daily limit is 1 fish per person, with a possession limit of 2. A maximum of 1 attended rod and line is permitted with up to 2 hooks, where hooks are artificial flies or lures. Bait fishing is prohibited.

These fishing rules provide protection for early spawning Trout and also provide fishers with the opportunity to catch a trophy sized Trout. Fisheries officers will be patrolling these waters to ensure that fishers are adhering to the rules.

DPI is working with anglers and other stakeholders to assess how to reduce damage to access tracks and problems with vehicles adjacent to the river. In the interim fishers are reminded to respect other users, use facilities provided and dispose of any rubbish responsibly. More information

Estuary fish on woody habitat
Check out this great clip featuring awesome underwater footage of estuary perch, mulloway, bream, tailor and luderick and find out why timber snags are vital habitat for estuary sportfish.


Australian Bass and Estuary Perch closed for fishing in rivers
A zero bag limit applies for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch from 1 May to 31 August. Bass or Perch caught in rivers during the fishing closure must be returned to the water immediately with the least possible harm.

This closure protects these fish species during the spawning period to ensure they can remain a popular catch with recreational fishers into the future. However, it does not close any waters to fishing and does not affect anglers fishing for other estuary species. Australian Bass and Estuary Perch can continue to be taken within the bag limit of two in freshwater impoundments and in rivers above impoundments during the closure period. More information

Ciguatera poisoning reminder
Fishers are being reminded not to eat Spanish Mackerel that weigh more than 10kgs (as determined by NSW industry experts) following two recent reports of ciguatera poisoning after people ate large Spanish Mackerel caught off the NSW mid north coast. Similar outbreaks were reported 12 months ago on the mid north and far north NSW coast and the Gold Coast in Queensland. Ciguatera poisoning is caused by eating warm water finfish which carry the ciguatera toxin. More information...

Have your say - draft native fish stocking plan 2016/17
DPI operates two native fish hatcheries in NSW which produce native fish (Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch and Murray Cod) for stocking in impounded waters across NSW for the benefit of anglers. Many world-class recreational fisheries have been developed as a result of the annual native fish stocking program.

The native fish stocking plan for freshwater lakes and dams in NSW during 2016/17 has been prepared. Comments on proposed stocking sites are welcome. More information.

Have you seen one of these?
This is a satellite linked (VR4G) listening station detecting the comings and goings of tagged sharks along the NSW coast. These buoys provide information that helps us understand shark movements and gives you information on tagged sharks in your area.

When a tagged shark swims within 500m of a listening station, captured information goes straight to a satellite and is then instantaneously sent to the public and beach authorities.

To date, nine satellite linked (VR4G) listening stations have been deployed at Kingscliff, Byron, Ballina, Lennox Head, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie and Forster. Another 11 will be installed in the coming months.

Water users are advised to keep clear (no mooring) of the buoys which are around 3 metres long and fitted with 3 metre long sub frames. The buoys have been deployed at a depth of 10 to 12 metres and are marked by a yellow flashing navigation light.

To receive real time shark tracking info, follow @NSWSharkSmart on Twitter or, download the new SharkSmart app for Android or iPhone which now provides real time alerts of tagged sharks' presence at these VR4G listening stations.


35,969km’s and counting: DPI tagged White Sharks
As part of the NSW Shark Management Strategy, DPI Fisheries scientists began tagging White Sharks between Evans Head and Byron Bay during late 2015. The tagging program shatters any myths that the same individual White Sharks hang around this northern stretch of coastline and supports earlier findings by CSIRO that these transient sharks travel huge distances.

So far, fourteen juvenile White Sharks (2-3 m in length) have been caught, tagged (with acoustic and satellite tags) and released. Satellite tags send a signal when the shark comes to the surface and acoustic tags are detected by receivers in the water which record information from the shark if it swims within ~ 500 m. All 14 sharks have been detected 2,170 times by the Argos satellite network transmitted 1,858 positions and swam more than a combined 35,969 kms. Many individuals have been detected around Tasmania, with one shark heading to South Australia (~7,707 km) and another travelling to New Zealand and back via Tasmania (~9,651 km). You can keep an eye on where the sharks are by visiting www.wildlifetracking.org

Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment - Consultation period extended to 8 May 2016
The consultation period on eight suggested management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity conservation in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion has been extended by two weeks and now closes on Sunday, 8 May 2016.

Please see the media release for more information. Your feedback can be submitted online, via email at contact.us@marine.nsw.gov.au or by post to "Submission – Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Initiative" NSW DPI, Locked Bag 1, Nelson Bay NSW 2315

The Discussion Paper and additional supporting material, including background reports and frequently asked questions are available at www.marine.nsw.gov.au.

Caught out
DPI Fisheries officers seized large numbers of fin fish and shellfish over the Easter long weekend, including important species such as Eastern Blue Groper and Mulloway. In separate incidents, a man was found in possession of 1656 shellfish; a man was found in possession of 16 undersize Tailor; a man was found with 15 bream (5 of which were undersize) and another man was found in possession of 7 undersize snapper. Read more...

DPI Fisheries officers issued over $8000 in fines after extensive patrols across inland NSW over the Easter long weekend. Warnings were also issued for minor offences.

In separate incidents, a man fishing near Euston, in far west NSW, received a $1000 fine for possessing silver perch; two other men received $500 fines for taking silver perch from protected waters and another man was found with an endangered Eastern Freshwater Cod near Nymboida, in northern NSW.

Fisheries officers are still finding anglers leaving lines unattended and using or possessing illegal fishing gear. Read more...

DPI Research Angler Program chasing Mackerel frames
The DPI Research Angler Program (RAP) is seeking the donation of frames from Spanish and Spotted Mackerel from NSW waters. Even though these tropical speedsters are only available to NSW fishers for part of the year, any frames collected will be used in a collaborative east coast stock assessment for these species with Queensland Fisheries. Mackerel frames or heads can be donated to the DPI RAP at any of the participating drop-off points.

Over the 2015-16 summer, anglers donated many Mulloway, Snapper and Yellowtail Kingfish frames to the RAP which have added to our research knowledge of these iconic species. Also, another 65 Mulloway were also tagged and released over summer as part of the NSW RAP-ANSA pilot Mulloway tagging project. Fourteen Mulloway were also recaptured over summer, including a 113 cm fish which swam 140 km from Botany Bay to Newcastle in 459 days, growing 5 cm in the process! Check out the latest NSW RAP Newsletter for a full update on the program.

If you are a passionate recreational fisher and would like to participate in the program, please visit the program web page or contact the program co-ordinator at research.angler@dpi.nsw.gov.au to learn more.

Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) update
With the change of season and the East Australian Current subsiding, retrieval of the DPI FADs will begin soon. The FADs will be removed for winter maintenance, starting on the south coast and progressively moving north along the coast. All FADs will be removed by 30 June. Re-deployment of the FADs will commence in October this year. Please check the DPI website for the latest status of your local FAD.

Anglers report the 2015/16 FADs season has been excellent with numerous fishing reports and photos of some fantastic catches around FADs. Feedback from fishers is greatly appreciated and valuable to the program. Please continue to keep sending in your FAD fishing experiences to fisheries.fads@dpi.nsw.gov.au as these reports assist in the ongoing development and expansion of the FADs program. To stay up to date with the FAD deployments and retrievals information, subscribe to our FADs update email service

FADs research
More results from acoustic tagging of Mahi Mahi off the NSW coast have revealed these fast-growing pelagic sportfish travel big distances! One tagged Mahi Mahi was first recorded at the DPI Ballina FAD and a month later had moved south to be recorded on the Port Macquarie FAD. Six days after that, it turned up at the Terrigal FAD. The fish swam about 550km (straight line distance) in this five-week period. Another fish was tagged at the Port Macquarie FAD and then swam 30kms to the Laurieton FAD in under two hours.

Interstate Kingfish
A Kingfish released off Port Augusta, South Australia, on 25 November 2013 by Adelaide Game Fishing Club vessel Like a Boss has recently been recaptured off the Gold Coast, QLD, after having spent approximately 866 days at liberty. The Kingfish had swum at least 1,600 nautical miles (3,087km) following around the south and east coast of Australia and grew from 121cm to 127cm (16.25kg).

This is the seventh South Australian Kingfish to be recaptured in NSW waters and the furthest north that any of them have been recaptured. Interestingly, the second furthest swim north was also released on Like a Boss, having been released off Port Augusta on 21 October 2013 and recaptured and re-released approximately 387 days later off Coffs Harbour, NSW. Find out more about the Game Fish Tagging Program or subscribe to the Tag Times newsletter.

Results from the Lake Eucumbene study
The Lake Eucumbene Trout fishery is an iconic destination for anglers from across Australia. The fishery has undergone boom and bust periods since the lake first filled in the 1970’s. The fishery for Brown Trout in the lake is world class, but in recent years, anglers have reported low catches of Rainbow Trout. Therefore, the fishery in Lake Eucumbene was assessed using angler surveys over the peak summer season 2014/15.

The detailed surveys collected information on fishing effort, catch-and-release and harvest, angler targeting preferences, fishing methods, and the reasons why fish were released. Preliminary results suggest that the shore-based fishery harvested more, and significantly larger, Rainbow and Brown Trout, and attracted twice the fishing effort to that of the boat-based fishery.

The study also found that Rainbow Trout were caught and either released or harvested at approximately twice the rate of Brown Trout in both the boat and shore based fisheries, and that most Rainbow Trout originated from natural recruitment. In addition, existing size and bag limits did not effect many anglers as they voluntarily released many harvest-eligible Trout. This study provides crucial data to inform future management strategies in Lake Eucumbene, and provides a baseline to assess future change.

Go Charter Fishing in NSW
Whether you’re an experienced angler or new to fishing, having expert local knowledge, the right boat and quality fishing gear can make all the difference. One of the best ways to do this is to go charter fishing. This highly prized Mahi Mahi was landed by Walter Labio aboard licensed NSW charter fishing boat R U 4 Reel from Off The Map Charters, fishing out of Broken Bay near Sydney.

All charter fishing businesses in NSW must be licensed by DPI, have their vessel in survey and be operated by a skipper with professional maritime qualifications. Only book with an authorised charter fishing operator and ensure the vessel displays the letters “CFB” and the business identification number.

East coast Snapper don’t get much bigger than this solid red caught off Point Perpendicular by a client fishing aboard Jervis Bay Fishing Charter’s flagship "Illusion" earlier this year. The big knobby weighed nine kilos and measured an impressive 94cm.

Samples donated to the NSW Research Angler Program revealed the fish to have an equally impressive age of about 16 years. To put that into perspective, this fish was a fry around the turn of the century! Image, Jervis Bay Fishing Charters.

50% rebate available to upgrade moorings
Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) is currently working to rehabilitate fish habitats in Lake Macquarie by upgrading block and chain boat moorings to Environmentally Friendly Moorings (EFMs). The project is funded by the National Landcare Program and a Recreational Fishing Trust Habitat Action Grant.

EFMs utilise the powerful holding capabilities of screw-pile anchors and alternative shock absorber designs to avoid chains scouring the seabed and damaging sensitive fish habitats like seagrass.

Building on the success of previous EFM projects across Australia, the Lake Macquarie project is offering boat owners a 50% rebate to upgrade damaging block and chain moorings to either a Seagrass Friendly Mooring or Eco Mooring.

The first round of EFM upgrades in Lake Macquarie are about to commence but LLS still has funding available and expressions of interest will now be processed on a “first in, first served” basis. Eligible mooring holders need to submit an expression of interest by 31 May 2016. Mooring holders in Lake Macquarie can apply for a full upgrade (cost $3,300; 50% rebate = $1,650) or a partial upgrade utilising the Seagrass Friendly Mooring tackle (cost $1,980; 50% rebate = $990) or the Eco-Mooring Eco-Rode (cost $1,430 50% rebate = $715). More information...

Check out the video of the recent pull test demonstration undertaken to compare the performance of block and chain moorings with two types of environmentally friendly moorings: the Seagrass Friendly Mooring and the Eco Mooring.


"Snappy" the Crab visits Tacoma Public School
In April, the DPI Get Hooked...it's Fun to Fish program team visited Tacoma Public School and taught 50 students all about sustainable fishing. Students were also able to fine tune their casting skills with the assistance of DPI staff and Fishcare Volunteers.

Our Get Hooked Mascot, "Snappy" made an appearance and was a real hit amongst the students.

It's not too late for schools to sign up to our free Get Hooked program. For more information and to register visit the website.

Silver Perch stocked
DPI has commenced a conservation stocking program of 50,000 Silver Perch fingerlings in the Namoi River between Gunnedah and Narrabri.

The fish were bred at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre from broodstock sourced from a naturally occurring population in the Murray River downstream of Yarrawonga weir.

It is the first time for many years that this species has been stocked into a river to assist with its recovery.

Silver Perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) are a native freshwater fish that were once widespread and abundant throughout the Murray Darling Basin. However they have declined significantly in many areas of NSW and the species is listed as vulnerable in NSW . More information...

Martin Salter visits the Leeton-Bidgee Classic
DPI recently arranged for international guest speaker Martin Salter to attend the Leeton-Bidgee Classic in March to speak about fish habitat.

In his own words Martin Salter is “a mad keen, globe trotting fisho, angling activist”. You may also know him as an international correspondent for Australian Fishing World.

Across the weekend Martin spoke about how 'Unity is Strength' – i.e. by fishers working together, greater things can be achieved. He also revealed that many of the issues facing fish populations are the same in the UK and Australia and that they can be addressed easily by retaining important bank side vegetation, screening irrigation pumps to reduce fish mortalities, maintaining environmental flows, removing barriers to fish migration and reducing cold water discharges so that fish downstream of large dams can spawn. Find out more about Martin’s visit or how to improve fish habitat so you can catch more fish by contacting Scott Nichols scott.nichols@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Protecting Eastern Freshwater Cod – a guide for fishers and land managers
Eastern Freshwater Cod (Maccullochella ikei) (also known as Clarence River Cod) is a threatened species under NSW and Commonwealth law. Eastern Freshwater Cod can weigh up to 41 kg but are more commonly less than 5 kg and 660mm. These large, predatory freshwater fish are native to the Clarence and Richmond Rivers in north-eastern New South Wales.

To increase knowledge of this species, the fishing rules which currently apply and how people can help, DPI has produced a new guide called ‘Protecting Eastern Freshwater Cod – a guide for fishers and land managers’

Remember to report any sightings of threatened and protected species on DPI’s online form located at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/species-protection/report-it

Fish of the month. Yabby (Cherax destructor)
The common freshwater Yabby is the most abundant, successful and best known of the hundred or so freshwater crayfish species found in Australia. It has a smooth shell and should not be confused with the spiny crayfish such as the Murray crayfish or the saltwater Yabby, ghost shrimp or pink nipper, which is often caught for fish bait using a 'Yabby' pump on estuarine sand flats.

The average Yabby caught by anglers is 7 to 20 cm long, weighs 20 to 80 grams and has a lifespan of 4-5 years. Growth depends mainly upon water temperature, available food and population density and appears to be fastest at 23 to 25 °C.

The Yabby occurs west of the Great Dividing Range in New South Wales where it has adapted to many different habitats including lakes, billabongs, farm dams, irrigation canals, bore drains, slow muddy rivers and creeks. This species is especially hardy and can survive years of drought by burrowing, later emerging during wet periods to feed, breed and migrate.

Common freshwater Yabbies mainly feed on vegetation, but commonly scavenges in the bottom detritus and can be caught with a variety of fresh meat including fish heads and chicken gut.

There are regulations governing the type and quantity of gear allowed for fishing for Yabbies including Yabby traps being banned from trout waters or where platypus are found. Consult with your local Fisheries Officer for up-to-date information.

No size limit or closed season exists for catching yabbies, although it is illegal to keep females with eggs (“berried”) or to remove eggs. A bag and possession limit of 200 in total is in place for all NSW waters.

Australian Grayling is now an Endangered Species
Australian Grayling (Prototroctes maraena), also sometimes called the Cucumber Mullet or Cucumber Herring, is a small to medium-sized slender fish endemic to south-eastern Australia, including Victoria, Tasmania and southeast New South Wales. It has been protected from fishing for many years but due to continuing declines in abundance has been recently upgraded to an endangered species in NSW. DPI has produced a new Primefact on this species

Fishers can assist with the protection of this species by reporting any sightings of the species at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/species-protection/report-it

Have you changed address?
If you have changed address since you last purchased your fishing licence, you can update your contact details by phoning 02 4424 7499 or email recfish.licensing@dpi.nsw.gov.au You need to provide your licence number, name plus your new contact details. You can also update your contact details when you renew your licence online.
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Article from Australian Fishing Magazine

Welcome to another edition of the Fisho newsletter.
First up today we have a video that shows some amazing footage of catching longtail tuna off the beach using a drone to drop baits out to the fish. Enjoy!
Big news over the weekend was that a carp management scheme has been included in the budget and it does involve the release of the controversial herpes virus.
Next up we have an update on the Sydney marine park issue. Submissions close this Sunday and the NSWRFA has released a guide for making a submission. All rec fishos are urged to read this short guide and make a submission if you feel it will affect you and, of course, to spread the word. There has been a lot of confusing and misleading information throughout this entire process, and today we have yet another example. This time the failure of the NSW government to reveal crucial information, and the process, that has led to recreational fishing being listed as a “high risk activity”, which is incredible considering that commercial fishing is only listed as moderate. And, we also have a poll today asking if recreational fishermen support marine park lock-outs. More on the potential significance of this poll in Thursday's newsletter.
Now to some good news, we have a state politician that has actually spoken to recreational fishermen and is asking the federal government to review its management of supertrawlers.
And we've also got positive news from the Murray River as tagging shows that fish are using the “fishways” that have been installed for them, with some fish even making long runs up and downstream.
In gear news today we feature the Powerbait Pro Jig Worm soft plastic, and we've also got a review of Schneider's new 100 per cent fluorocarbon.
And remember, you can keep up to date with all the latest tackle and gear news, reviews, videos and more through the FGT Facebook and Instagram channels.
And of course, don’t forget to check out Fisho's social media channels too on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
See you next time.
Jereme Lane – Online editor
Fishing World
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Tuross Head Flathead and Bream Tournament 12 and 13 March 2016

If you haven’t already done it, mark these dates in your diary... best tell everyone that you’ll probably be in Tuross that weekend!


Tuross Head Fishing Club holds club fishing meetings, workshops, outings, Come-And-Try days, as well as hosts and competes in fresh, estuarine or salt-water competitions—all with the intention of sharing great times with great people.

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