Dangerous Fishing & Surfing Conditions Forecasted for Sunday

Posted on Oct 22, 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for Sunday for large and powerful surf conditions on the NSW coast from the Macquarie coast to the Victorian border. A cold front is expected to reach the central coast early Saturday morning, and the north coast Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing a strong to gale force southerly change.  On Sunday, there will be seas of 3 to 4 metres plus swell of 3 to 4 metres from the Macquarie coast south to the border. Conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. Following the front, a high pressure system will move across southeast Australia from Sunday, with winds easing along the coast at the start of the new week, but at this stage seas of 3 to 4 metres and swell of 3 to 4 metres are still expected from the Hunter south to the border. Check local conditions over the weekend by going to BOM district forecasts at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/map.shtml And as part of any fishing trip plans, always tell someone where you are going and when you plan on coming back. If the rock platform is wet ask yourself 'why is it wet?' then watch the ocean for waves and swells for at least 20 minutes. Always fish with a friend, wear proper rockfishing footwear, light warm high visibilty clothing, and wear a life jacket in case you get washed in. Stay safe, always watch the local conditions before fishing and never turn your back on the ocean. Malcolm Poole Fishing Safety Officer Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW Also check out the links and safety advice on BOM's dedicated rock-fishing weather page. Whenever you fish
  • choose a safe spot
  • don't fish alone
  • wear non-slip shoes
  • wear a life jacket
  • never turn your back on the sea.
Click here for more fishing safety tips. Check Bureau of Meteorology forecasts before planning a trip.  Check Bureau of Meteorology rock-fishing weather page

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