Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fishing Gold Coast using electric reels

NSW advisory council on recreational fishing has recommended banning the use of electric reels with the exception of use by handicapped people. Probably driven by greens and the commercial sector.
Queensland Fisheries typically haven't followed the NSW  approach to fish management, so hopefully they will leave this bad idea alone.
Electric reels have become popular and still growing, mostly used to fish the continental shelf, and to assist aged and handicapped people enjoy their fishing. Its argued that using an electric reel isn't fishing, but ask the same person to give up his modern day electronics and the subject changes.
We enjoyed a charter to the continental shelf yesterday with a local fishing club and had some seniors amongst this group,  the eldest being Stan, 86 years young.  Using electric reels meant that everyone was equal and the same experience enjoyed by all. Where would you draw the line with age and handicap, the problem is not with electric reels but policing catches.
The bag limits for deep water species of Blue Eye Trevalla and Bass Groper in Queensland waters needs to revised as a matter of priority.  At present there is no limit on Blue Eye Trevalla and five Bass Groper may be kept, far to generous, wake up Queensland Fisheries.

This weekend  the weather bureau confused Gold Coast boaters and fishermen with strong wind warnings, charters where cancelled only to find light winds .
Fished the Continental shelf yesterday.  After a slow morning fishing picked up for a good catch of Blue Eye Trevalla, the biggest going 33kg.  Gem Fish and Rock Cod topped the day off.
In close Trag and a few Spanish Mackerel were caught on the 18's and 24 fathom reefs off the Gold Coast.
Today the first Humpback Whales were sighted migrating north.  This also signals the start of our Snapper season.
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