Notices


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.

Crab Fishing

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From DPI Fisheries Offices crabhoop netbox net
DPI Fisheries is conducting ‘Operation Portunus’ to raise awareness of the rules and regulations when fishing for crabs in NSW coastal waters. NSW DPI Fisheries compliance officers will be targeting illegal crabbing in an effort to increase sustainable crab fishing practices. We aim to reduce illegal crabbing across the board meaning everyone who takes or attempts to take crabs in NSW should refresh their knowledge of the rules.
Over the past 12 months more than 1,300 illegal crab traps (and hoop nets) have been seized from the state’s coastal estuaries. We want to get that number down so we’ll be using unmanned aerial vehicles and new high tech night vision equipment to help deter offenders and detect offences. Examples of illegal crabbing are; • Failure to mark gear correctly • Using traps that don’t comply with the regulations • Using too many traps • Traps set in waters where prohibited Fisheries Officers will also be on the lookout for fishers raiding other people’s traps - if it’s not yours, don’t touch it. We’ll also be looking at illegal activity associated with prawning as prawns and crabs are often sought after together this time of year. A recreational fishing fee is required when crabbing in NSW waters, you can pay the fee online at http://www.onegov.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 369 365. For information on rules and regulations pertaining to crab fishing in coastal waters visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/recreati…/fishing-rules-and-regs Recreational crabbing guides advising waters closed to crabbing in your local area can be found at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishi…/recreational/resources/info Report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 1800 043 536 or report it online at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/complia…/report-illegal-activity.
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Crab Fishing

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From DPI Fisheries Offices crabhoop netbox net
DPI Fisheries is conducting ‘Operation Portunus’ to raise awareness of the rules and regulations when fishing for crabs in NSW coastal waters. NSW DPI Fisheries compliance officers will be targeting illegal crabbing in an effort to increase sustainable crab fishing practices. We aim to reduce illegal crabbing across the board meaning everyone who takes or attempts to take crabs in NSW should refresh their knowledge of the rules.
Over the past 12 months more than 1,300 illegal crab traps (and hoop nets) have been seized from the state’s coastal estuaries. We want to get that number down so we’ll be using unmanned aerial vehicles and new high tech night vision equipment to help deter offenders and detect offences. Examples of illegal crabbing are; • Failure to mark gear correctly • Using traps that don’t comply with the regulations • Using too many traps • Traps set in waters where prohibited Fisheries Officers will also be on the lookout for fishers raiding other people’s traps - if it’s not yours, don’t touch it. We’ll also be looking at illegal activity associated with prawning as prawns and crabs are often sought after together this time of year. A recreational fishing fee is required when crabbing in NSW waters, you can pay the fee online at http://www.onegov.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 369 365. For information on rules and regulations pertaining to crab fishing in coastal waters visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/recreati…/fishing-rules-and-regs Recreational crabbing guides advising waters closed to crabbing in your local area can be found at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishi…/recreational/resources/info Report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 1800 043 536 or report it online at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/complia…/report-illegal-activity.

Tagging of Fish – particularly Flathead

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As we are officially a Trophy "Hot Spot" for Flathead the Tuross Head Fishing Club is keen to begin tagging of this species. The Competition Secretary (Scott Paul) is recruiting members to be part of this venture. The following is a guide to maximise the post release survival  whilst tagging trophy sized Flathead. 1. Use appropriate tackle to minimise fight times 2. Use GPS or other device to mark the spot where the trophy size fish is hoked. 3. Using an "environet" or similar leave the fish in the water while preparing equipment to measure, photographing and tagging of the fish to prevent damage and injuring due to being brought into the boat before equipment was ready. 4. Carefully bring the fish into the boat (or area), handling it with wet gloves and supporting its weight. 5. Remove hooks with long nosed pliers or suitable de-hooking tools. If the hook is deeply engorged then cut the line as close the mouth as possible. 6. Place the fish on a wet brag mat whilst measuring, photographing and tagging perform the procedures quickly and efficiently to minimise "out of water time". 7. Revive the fish in the water and release it as close as possible to the capture site. All these steps will increase the chances of a survival and recapture as well as providing valuable data to DPI for future studies and management of the species. The photos below show the ideal position and area to insert the tags.     Screenshot_2016-10-30-19-46-22Screenshot_2016-10-30-20-00-03    

Club Subsidised Social event – Wallaga Lake – Vacancies filling fast.

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This social event is being held the weekend after the Flathead and Bream Tournament in the Wallaga Lake camping and cabins complex. It is heavily subsidised by the fishing club as a reward to members who have put in a busy year. Already approximately forty members have already paid a deposit to our treasurer to attend and remaining vacancies are limited. Its is four nights in cabins or camping with some meals provided as well as many side attractions and tours being available. Then there is the fishing ! Charter boat fishing is being negotiated but Wallaga offers easy launch into open waters or estuary and lake. The fish are rumoured to be bountiful. Act quickly to reserve your spot. Contact Max Castle or Carol Kenny for details.      

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