May / June Fishing Reports
Rod Federer Winner
May was Snapper month and at the Measure in Rod Federer clean up by not only winning the Goblet with a huge 63.4cm Snapper but reeled in the Men’s Outside and Rock & Beach prizes as well.
John McNeill took out the Men’s Lake and Estuary with a good size flathead of 63cm, Jeannie Dickson won Ladies Outside and Tamara Whitehead took out both Ladies Rock and Beach and Lake and Estuary. Turkey of month was awarded to Gav Robinson for going fishing and forgetting to take some people to church.
The measure in held at the Tuross Head Country Club with a great BBQ organized by Tammy Paul who was standing in for our Catering Officer.
Goblet: Rod Federer 63.4cm Snapper
Ladies Lake and Estuary: Tamara Whitehead 40cm Tailor
Ladies Rock and Beach: Tamara Whitehead 55.8 Salmon
Ladies Outside: Jeannie Dickson 39.7 Flying Gurnard
Men’s Lake and Estuary: John McNeill 63cm Flathead
Men’s Outside: Rod Federer 63.4cm Snapper
Rock and Beach: Rod Federer 56cm Salmon
Junior: Sophia Whitehead 39cm Tailor
Mystery Weight: Paul Brown
Turkey of the Month: Gav Robinson
John McNeill Winner
John Suthern Goblet Winner
June was Bream month. The weather during the weeks before the weekend had brought some very heavy rain and Tuross lake was still partially in flood and Coila lake had been opened to the ocean after it had reached 2.2 mtrs. The beach and ocean were both dirty with the water from the lakes. This meant fishing was tough in all areas. Still a reasonable number of anglers took to the waters and 13 anglers entered 27 fish. The anglers comprised of three ladies, nine men and one Junior. Offshore only two anglers entered seven fish, four fish came from Rock and Beach and fifteen fish came from the estuaries. Some great bream where caught in the dirty waters.
Mystery fish drew no.11 Garfish and none were caught carrying the prize over to next month.
Rod Federer Outside Winner
Jo Starling Lake & Estuary
A very sociable group turned up on Sunday for our monthly Measure in BBQ, many thanks again to Tammy for excellent food, and to those who lent a hand in the preparation or brought contributions. With winter upon us we were pleasantly surprised at the glorious weather.
John Suthern was our Goblet winner with a 50 cm bream earning him 130 points, congratulations John. Rodney Ferderer’s consistent efforts winning him Men’s Outside and Rock & Beach categories. Jo Starling was the only Lady winner of the day with her 42.5 cm bream and Blake Paul took the Junior’s with his nice bream.
David Campbell had the misfortune of winning the Turkey of the Month by falling on his face after the Moruya Race Day and suffering nasty lacerations to his face only a couple of days before flying out on his African Safari.
Goblet: Bream John Suthern 50.0 cm 130 points
MENS Outside Rod Ferderer Snapper 61.2 cm 99.33 points
Lake and Estuary John Suthern Bream 50.0 cm 130 points
Rock & Beach Rod Ferderer Bream 35.0 cm 70 points
LADIES Outside Not awarded
Lake and Estuary Jo Starling Bream 42.5cm 100 points
Rock & Beach Not awarded
Junior Blake Paul Bream 41.4cm 95.6 points
Goblet for July is Salmon Weekend is 16 – 17 July 2016 This will be a great weekend to enter Goblet weekend completion due to serval categories including Mystery Fish have jackpotted.
Blake Paul Junior Winner
Congratulations to Jeanie Dixon on winning the Octoprize Jeanie has spent some of the $1,700 on a weekend in Kiama with her kids Jack and Annie. Jack lives in Adelaide and Annie in Sydney both are in the forces so it was a not only a great family catch up but a really fun weekend, it is not often Jeanie gets to see both kids together. Left over money is going towards a trip to New Zealand which I am sure Jeanie will love.
Octoprize is drawn every Wednesday night after the Fishing Club meat raffles entry is free when you purchase $10 or more in the meat raffles so come along to the Tuross Head Country Club on Wednesday nights try something from the new menu at the Bistro and you too could not only win great meat trays from Tuross Head Butcher but a great prize or the money from Octoprize.
Moruya Race Day
Jeanie Dixon Octoprize winner
Moyura Race Day
The annual outing to Moruya Races was again a great success with fifteen members enjoying the day that started out with the Country Club bus dropping everyone at the course, wonderful catering provided by Janine and Tammy.
Sadly, after the bus had returned to Tuross, David Campbell had a bad fall and had nasty facial lacerations and a couple of black eyes only days before flying out for his African Safari.
This is a fun day to put in your calendar for next year.
Scott Paul is still looking for people interested in the fish tagging program this is a great program and Scott has put lot time and effort getting this up and running. This program will provide valuable information for fisheries. Scott has been planning a workshop to show correct ways to tag a fish and how to fill out paperwork. If you are interested in this program you can go through the THFC website, Facebook, put your name on the list provided on the notice board or just see one of the Committee Members.
August Presidents Day & AGM BBQ/Meeting
It’s that time of year again, Presidents Day BBQ and measure in on 14 August 2016 and after the BBQ we will hold our AGM, so come along and enjoy the great catering and good company while supporting your Club.
Every Club needs a great committee and we have been very lucky to have some excellent and very passionate hard working committee members however every club needs involvement from its members and it is always good to have new people and new ideas to be involved in the club and keep it fresh.
Here is your chance to make a difference to our Club. As per our club rules all positions on the committee except Patron are open if you would like to be on the committee please see any of the current committee members to be nominated. We have also attached a nomination form to this newsletter for your convenience. AGM Nomination Form 2016
Measuring in System (It’s all about the Length)
At the AGM last year, the Com Sec mentioned a number of times that as we move forward into 2016 and gain more experience with the new recording system some small alterations could well be needed. A number of suggestions have been received regarding a fairer size for some species during 2016/17. Please contact John Suthern if you have any suggestions or comments prior to the start of the next fishing year.
Club Memberships Due
Don't Forget it is now time to renew your Country and Fishing Club Membership! Call in and see the friendly staff at Reception and you will automatically go into the draw for the Members Rewards Promotion: 2 x Boxed Seats at NRL Canberra Raiders V NZ Warriors Game including spending $$$, Meals. ALL NEW & exciting member loyalty points with this year’s Membership! -
Boys at the Races
Mussels & Guinness - Ingredients
Method Peel and finely chop the shallot and garlic, and finely chop the bacon. Pick and finely chop the parsley and thyme. In a pan, melt the butter and sweat the shallot, garlic and bacon for 4 to 5 minutes. Add half the herbs, the bay, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Next, add the mussels (if any are open, give them a tap; if they don’t close, throw them away), then the Guinness. Boil, then lower the heat, cover and steam for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the mussels have opened (discard any unopened ones). Stir in the cream and remaining herbs, adjust the seasoning and serve with bread.
Ginger – Orange Fish Fillets - Ingredients
- 1 shallot
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 rashers of higher-welfare smoked bacon
- ½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
- ½ a bunch of fresh thyme
- 1 knob of unsalted butter
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 1 kg mussels, cleaned and debearded, from sustainable sources
- 250 ml Guinness
- 50 ml double cream
Whisk the orange juice, coriander, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and chilli flakes together in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Cook the fillets until golden brown on each side, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pour the orange juice mixture into the frypan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove fish to a plate and drizzle with orange sauce to serve.
If you have fish or seafood recipe you would like to share upload to the website or give to one of the committee members and we will include in the Newsletter
Eurobodalla Council online survey
There is a survey on the Eurobodalla Council’s website that we would like to encourage members to respond to – fishing is listed. This could hopefully get us on the list of improvements needed.
Like additional Parking at town boat ramp park Provision of toilet at town boat ramp Provision of better boat ramp at Coila Lake Formalise the gravel access point at Snakes Flat as a boat ramp – for launching smaller craft
The Council’s recreation feedback survey wants to know what you’re proud of and what’s important to you and would like residents to help them review Recreation and Open Space Strategy by telling them what you think about sports, unstructured recreation, leisure and open spaces in Eurobodalla.
You can supply feedback in a few different ways. You can complete our online survey at: www.esc.nsw.gov.au/rec
Fishing Articles and Information
More on the saga of the Geelong Star
A number of Tuross fishing club members attended a meeting last Thursday at Batemans Bay and raised questions in regard to the super trawler (Geelong Star) which has been fishing off the NSW South Coast.
The meeting was organised by Labour. The shadow Fisheries Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Gilmore Labour candidate Fiona Phillips held the meeting at the Solders Club which was well attended by numerous local fishing clubs.
The bottom line is that Labour are not supportive of the Geelong Star operation unless science confirms it will have little or no impact and that it does no harm. In 2015 a dis-allowance motion was moved in the senate, the vote was even so the motion was lost and the vessel was allowed to continue operation.
The shadow Minister confirmed he can’t say he will be able to definitely prevent operation if Labour win Government - ultimately it is up to the Courts and he did not want to misinform the community. He could only do his best and will not support the trawler until science indicate otherwise. A press release will be issues soon.
In regard to the proposed Commonwealth Marine Park he believed the Expert Science Panel had supported the Marine Park proposal - this has not been released by Government. If this report supported the marine park he thought, it would be a good way to proceed. He confirmed the science report would be made available to Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, this had been previously requested but not provided.
Sec - THFC
THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has recently reviewed the Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the Geelong Star and is now releasing this revised draft VMP for public comment.
This VMP is a boat-specific statutory requirement which sets out what the Geelong Star must do to minimise the risk of interactions with protected species (e.g. seabirds, seals and dolphins) as well as the general operational requirements of the boat. The VMP should be read alongside the general management arrangements for the Small Pelagic Fishery which can be found on the AFMA website.
More information on the changes to the revised draft VMP can be found at Summary of changes in the revised draft Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan.
Those with an interest in the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery are welcome to provide comments on the revised draft VMP by 27 June 2016. Comments can be made by going to AFMA’s website. AFMA will consider public comments prior to finalising the revised VMP and is particularly seeking any science or evidence that would lead to its improvement. The final VMP will be published on AFMA’s website.
Please note that any public comments received may be made public unless the person or body submitting them makes it clear that they do not want them to be made public.
Further information about how AFMA manages its fisheries can be found on the AFMA website.
Read more at http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/supertrawler-draft-vessel-management-plan-open-for-comment?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2009062016&utm_content=Newsletter%2009062016+CID_1e369021399c0cea9b27a9c3dfa725f5&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=draft%20Vessel%20Management%20Plan%20for%20the%20Geelong%20Star#bcEPkfFm0iF2G7oB.99
Smoking banned in NSW national parks
From 1 May 2016 a smoking ban applies to all national parks, with some exceptions. It applies to picnic areas, campgrounds, accommodations, beaches, lookouts, walking tracks, and on national park roads. The ban doesn't apply to some commercial lease or licence areas, or to private residences located within a park. The smoking ban in NSW national parks and reserves is intended to: • Reduce the risk of accidental bushfires from discarded cigarettes • Reduce littering in national parks • Reinforce government initiatives to reduce smoking in NSW • Reduce the effects of passive smoking, particularly in high visitor-use areas. • Reduce the spread of hazardous chemicals found in cigarettes (including arsenic and lead). • Focus on community education, with on-the-spot fines issued only as a last resort.
Batemans Marine Park Advisory Committee on the job for thriving marine estate
The newly re-established Batemans Bay Marine Park Advisory Committee will hold its third meeting this month (28th May) to continue working to ensure the marine estate is a popular drawcard for visitors and locals in the region.
The Batemans Marine Park covers almost 85,000 hectares from north Murramarang Beach near Bawley Point to Wallaga Lake in the south.
“The Advisory Committee’s role is to make sure the park is a clean, safe, healthy and biologically diverse marine estate that’s enjoyed by community groups and tourists,” said BMP Acting Manager, Justin Gilligan.
“The Committee represents the views of several interest groups from marine conservation and science to indigenous communities, tourist and scuba groups and commercial and recreational fishers.”
The Committee aims to provide a voice for local groups to raise issues about the health and management of the marine estate and give valuable feedback to the NSW Government.
The NSW Government has a vision for a clean and productive marine estate with a strong focus on economic, social and ecological considerations.
Since its establishment, the committee has met twice and will hold its third meeting in May.
“Visitors and local communities enjoy a great range of activities within the Batemans Marine Park.”
“It’s a major drawcard for fishers, swimmers, surfers, divers and boating enthusiasts at the NSW South Coast and the Committee wants to ensure these activities are being managed in an ecologically sustainable way,” said Mr Gilligan.
Issues regarding the management or use of the estate can be discussed with a Committee member via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishing closure for Australian Bass - applies to Tuross river
- ¼ cup (65ml) fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh coriander
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes (more if you like it hotter)
- 1 tablespoon chilli flakes
- 4 white fish fillets (if cooking for more than 2 increase ingredients accordingly)
Thank you to Max Castle for the above articles
||All rivers except rivers above impoundments
||1 May to 31 August
|Fishing closure information relating to commercial fishing in Colia - applies all year
John & Tammy