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Mark the Date – Gone Fishing Day – 15 October 2017

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This is a day for anyone wishing to learn about fishing. Young, Old, in-firmed or healthy - its free also.

 

Gone Fishing NSW Day

Mark the date for the 3rd Gone Fishing Day on 15 October 2017

Gone Fishing Day 2016
Tuross Head Country Club Fishing Club has again agreed to participate in this event with experienced fisher people being available to help, advise and teach people wishing to learn how to fish. More specific details later.
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, Gone Fishing Day is for everyone!Free NSW DPI community fishing events for everyone will be run in six locations again across NSW on 15 October so mark the date now in your calendar. Locations for the events will be announced soon. Free fun filled fishing activities at each location will include: How-to fish workshops, casting comps, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips classes, touch tanks, loads of kids' activities and activity marquees are just a few of the exciting events on offer! Snappy, our crab mascot, will also be making an appearance and handing out lots of cool prizes.
Gone Fishing Day people fishing
Fishing clubs – get involved now. Once again, fishing clubs are being encouraged to run their own Gone Fishing Day community fishing events in your local area on 15 October 2017.

A free fishing “How to” for anybody interested – In Moruya

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Dear Fishoes! NSW Fisheries would like to invite your members to a recreational fishing information night at:  Moruya Golf Club - Evans Street, Moruya 3rd June 2017 – 4.00pm -730pm  The information session will include presentations and workshop sessions demonstrating new and improved best practice fishing techniques. The information sessions will cover topics on:
  • Improved catch and release fishing techniques.
  • The science of circle  hooks and how to use them for most species.
  • NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program and releasing pelagic species.
  • How to maximise your catch using new and old techniques from estuary to inshore by Anthony Stockman of Compleat Angler Batemans Bay
  • Barotrauma research and how to release fish caught from depth.
These information sessions should not only improve your fishing but will also contribute to improving the environmental performance of fishing. This info will be helpful for all anglers and those that are involved in organising fishing competitions. For more information feel free to call Ian Osterloh on (02) 4424 7417 or send an email to ian.osterloh@dpi.nsw.gov.au ……………………………………………………………………………………………… NOTE:                                                                                                                                          The Tuross Head Fishing Clubs invites anybody interested in fishing to attend this education night. Provides an opportunity to ask questions. You do not have to be a member of a Fishing Club, so feel free to rock along!

Holy Snapping Snapper

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Just a reminder that the May Goblet fish is Snapper.       May Goblet will be held over Friday 12th (after 5.00pm) until shortly before 1300 hours (1pm) on Sunday 14th. The measure-in will be held downstairs at the Tuross Head Country Club at 1:00 pm on Sunday 14th May. Your target species is Snapper. The measure-in will be followed by a BBQ lunch and Raffles. The BBQ is free for fishing club members and a very low amount is charged for non member visitors for the BBQ lunch. So. . . .  Members and Visitors are most welcome.    

Dangerous fishing conditions

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A low pressure system moving into the south coast over the next few days (April 26 - 27) will bring swells to five metres and rough seas. At the same time there will be very low tides and very high tides. Everyone please take care when fishing with all the safety precautions as required. http://mailchi.mp/rfansw/dangerous-fishing-conditions-26-28-april

It’s Here – The 2017 Flathead and Bream Tournament

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We are ready - are you ??? If so. we will see you at the Tuross Head Country Club this evening. Firstly for registration at 6.00 pm and then for the compulsory briefing at 8.00 pm. There will be plenty of things to see and do as well as socialising and the odd drink perhaps. Hot food will be available. Now - the important bit ! The Tuross Head Country Club is providing TWO courtesy buses to convey people to the club and from the club to your abode. This is for tonight and Saturday night. There will be alcohol available and it is very likely that there will be police patrols looking for drink drivers. Use the Courtesy Bus - Its a gold coin donation per trip. Book your trip by ringing 4473 8186

Eric and Linda Saberton

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  Eric and Linda Saberton Eric and Linda have been long term members of the Tuross Head Fishing Club and both have played active roles in the club during their long time with us. Eric has been a past club president and in recent times was a stabilising influence with other members during the change over from the old catch and kill weigh-in to the now accepted catch, photograph and release measure-in. Linda has persistently played a role in the behind the scenes activities. Both are well known and well liked. They now move onto the next phase of their lives, having sold their Tuross house and plan to be closer to family in Adelaide, South Australia. Thanks and Good Luck Eric and Linda.

Information Night on all aspects of Boating Safety – Tomorrow Night (Friday February 10)

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NSW Roads and Maritime Services' Shane Murtagh is giving a presentation on Friday 10 February!!(this Friday!) At Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Clubhouse, Riverside Drive Narooma From 5pm All aspects of boat safety to be discussed especially lifejackets, self testing etc. Please inform your members as all invited to this information evening. Many thanks Les Waldock President Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club

Rule Changes for World Record eligible Game Fish and Fishing.

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This will be of interest to a number of our members. All ANSA members need to be aware that IGFA has introduced a number of changes to its rules, world record requirements and eligible game fish species - these changes will take effect from 1 April 2017.   Assisting the Angler Current IGFA International Angling Rules state that "the act of a person other than the angler touching the rod, reel, or line either bodily or with a device once the fish strikes or takes the bait” constitutes a disqualification. However, nowhere in the IGFA's rules do we discuss the legality of another person touching or making contact with the angler. The IGFA is frequently questioned on the legality of touching the angler while they are fighting a fish.   In order to clarify this important subject, the IGFA will be adding the following language to the section 3 of Disqualifying Acts: “Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification”.   Backing & Top-Shot Current IGFA International Angling Rules state: "If the fishing line is attached to backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the lines."   This rule has long been contested in cases where the main line or top shot is lighter than the underlying backing, as logic dictates that the lighter line will break before the heavier backing. This is also contrary to IGFA angling rules for fly fishing where the catch is categorized based on the breaking strength of the class tippet, which must be a minimum of 15 inches.   To address this issue, IGFA will be making the following alterations to Equipment Regulation A:
  • Title change from “LINE” to “LINE & BACKING”
  • Adding a new subsection that reads: “3. The use of backing is permissible.
  • Adding a new subsection that reads: “4. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first 16.5 feet (5 metres) of line directly preceding the double line, leader or hook.  This section must be comprised of a single, homogenous piece of line.
  Minimum Ratio Requirements Currently, to submit a line class or tippet class (fly rod) world record, the only weight requirement is that the fish must weigh at least .45 kg (1 lb). As a result, the IGFA has accumulated a significant amount of records where the weight of the fish is much lighter than the size of the tackle used to land the fish.   In an effort to have IGFA world records better recognize outstanding angling achievement, the IGFA has established the following minimum ratio requirements for all new line class and tippet class world records:   For line class categories up to and including 10 kg (20 lb) and all tippet class (fly rod) categories:  
  • The weight of the catch must weigh at least ½ as much as the line class it is eligible for. For example, a fish entered for the 6 kg (12 lb) line class or tippet class category must weigh a minimum of 3 kg.
  For line class categories greater than 10 kg (20 lb):  
  • The weight of the catch must be equal to, or greater than the line class it is eligible for. For example, a fish entered in the 24 kg (50 lb) line class category must weigh a minimum of 24 kg.
  Minimum ratios will not be retroactive and records that currently do not meet the new minimum weight requirements will not be retired.  Records listed in the 2017 World Record Book and IGFA website will have a new column that instructs anglers what the minimum weight necessary is to establish a record for each line class.     CHANGES TO RECOGNIZED GAME FISH SPECIES   Eligible Game Fish Species The IGFA maintains All-Tackle world records for thousands of different species, however only certain game fish species are eligible for the additional line class, tippet class (fly rod), and Junior Angler world record categories. In an effort to better recognize premier game fish species around the world that merit having line classes, the IGFA will no longer be accepting line class, tippet class (fly rod), and Junior Angler world records on the 45 species of freshwater and saltwater fish listed below:   Freshwater: rock bass, shoal bass, white bass, yellow bass, bluegill, black bullhead, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, burbot, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, freshwater drum, Florida gar, shortnose gar, spotted gar, oscar, European perch, white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel, red piranha, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, sauger, American shad, hickory shad, splake, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, tench, warmouth, lake whitefish, mountain whitefish, round whitefish   Saltwater: Pacific barracuda, black seabass, Japanese parrotperch   These IGFA rule changes have no direct impact upon ANSA membership fishing activities or records and no changes to the ANSA Rule Book or eligible species list will be required. However those ANSA members who do fish for IGFA World Records etc need to be made aware of these changes so as to not risk possible disqualification by IGFA.   The backing line rule change is a very welcome change and will be incorporated into the next print version of the ANSA Rule book. From a practical perspective ANSA has already addressed the issue of backing line in the current rule book which states that the IGFA backing line rule is non applicable to ANSA when using break away line combinations and in which case the breaking strain of the breakaway line will be the prevailing line class.

Social Licence

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Social Licence is something all fisher people are going to hear a lot more about. No, it is NOT another licence with a fee attached. It is simply giving an emotional value to our sport of fishing and being very wary of how we promote it to the general public. There are many groups out there who have a very different perspective of what recreational fishing is about and are quick to seize upon and promote aspects of fishing that is seen as bad or wasteful. It is up to us as recreational fishers to grab our "Social Licence" and promote the good things about our sport. That is; wholesome outdoor exercise, family participation, recognising size and bag limits, fish stocks, the future of these fish stocks and most importantly, the image we give to those who are critical of recreational fishing. That is "Social Licence" !! The following two articles are examples of social licence. The first is an analogy of how a bad social licence almost caused the closure of a racing industry. http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/our-social-licence-greyhound-racing-and-fishing-in-similar-boats#KsAA7qllg6Cusjzd.99 The second is just simply an example of a bad social licence where intervention and publicity turned a bad event into a good social licence by mass exposure of a wrong doing. It appeared in a local newspaper and on social networking pages. "Hello everyone. I am receiving a lot of correspondence from locals in the Eurobodalla and lower Shoalhaven regarding cases of NSW fisheries laws been blatantly broken. This picture was from just 10 minutes ago where a friend caught someone in the act of collecting over fifty undersized abalone into a hessian bag. IF YOU SEE FISHING LAWS BEING BROKEN CALL THE FISHERIES PHONE NUMBER AND REPORT IT!
The Fisheries Batemans Bay office's phone number is 44789100. CALL IT or call the local police station and ask for assistance and provide as much information as possible. I want their phonelines to be overwhelmed with reports. Enough is enough."
Bad social licence    

South Coast Councils assisting families to do some recreational fishing

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Recreational fishing for families is a valuable way of getting fresh air, exercise, fun and giving children some experience of where their healthy food comes from. Here is a recent short post by the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW. Ulladulla2 Ulladulla1 Great to see the regional councils like Ulladulla making areas like wharves and jetties available for families to fish off. Beats the lock outs in Sydney Harbour where the banning of fishing continues under our noses. Time to make a stand against accepting any more lockouts...for our families and future generations sake.

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