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What Are You Willing To Do..?

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With all the criticism of the mpa i've been levelling lately i've had to try and get a little more abjective and proactive bout what it is that i can contribute to the rec fishing environement... here are a few things that i do...

1. Clean the ledges i fish on from time to time.

2. Don't nescessarily fish up to my bag limit if i have a hot bight..

3. put smaller fish back gently" particularly mulloway" even if they are legal..i've set my own limit at above 8kg.for jew..

4.be mindful of how much fresh fish i can consume before taking its life..

5.i don't buy bait very often... i view commercial bait catching as v destructive.

i'm not at all suggesting that anyone else should abide by this... but i am saying that something other than whats suggested by the mpa needs to be done and it starts with us...and it would be great to get an inventory of what other rec fisherman are contributing....

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You raise some great points there Daniel , if even half a dozen of us took some of those points on board , over the period of one years fishing , it would make a significant difference. Just because the law says you can take 20 of a given species , if you only need 8 , why keep the rest?

Ross

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All very interesting, poignant points there, Daniel. I completely agree. Environmental stewardship is becoming increasingly important of we want future generations of fishermen to be blessed with what we already have. It's a privilege that should not be removed.

Flattieman.

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All very interesting, poignant points there, Daniel. I completely agree. Environmental stewardship is becoming increasingly important of we want future generations of fishermen to be blessed with what we already have. It's a privilege that should not be removed.

Flattieman.

thanks i hate not catching a fish.... and the feeling of leaving a place worst off than when i found it... i also believe there is hope... not so long ago we stopped trapping kingies and look what happened..

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Its very commendable of you to have that attitude Daniel. I, like you have my own agenda when it comes to conserving fish stocks by setting my own limits. I rarely buy bait and like catching my own. Bait still needs to be available to those who enjoy bait fishing and to support the tackle shops who sell it though.

Its good to see other fisho's understanding that there is some need to take things into their own hands. I love nothing more than releasing a large Flattie and with the digital age upon us, capturing the fish on camera is just as satisfying if not moreso because you have a chance to catch it again one day.

I dont begrudge anyone fishing to the limit of the law, but i would like to see the law changed to make some reductions and alterations. Doing so will show the non fishing community that we are happy to change with the times and be conservation minded. :thumbup:

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Its very commendable of you to have that attitude Daniel. I, like you have my own agenda when it comes to conserving fish stocks by setting my own limits. I rarely buy bait and like catching my own. Bait still needs to be available to those who enjoy bait fishing and to support the tackle shops who sell it though.

Its good to see other fisho's understanding that there is some need to take things into their own hands. I love nothing more than releasing a large Flattie and with the digital age upon us, capturing the fish on camera is just as satisfying if not moreso because you have a chance to catch it again one day.

I dont begrudge anyone fishing to the limit of the law, but i would like to see the law changed to make some reductions and alterations. Doing so will show the non fishing community that we are happy to change with the times and be conservation minded. :thumbup:

yeah i don't begrudge either particularly as i did it myself for a long time.....i also have the luxury of having large chunks of time to fish so i don't feel the need to keep everything i catch... i'd like to get a cheap digital rock worthy camera but.... just on the large flathead as breeders thing i have heard a conflicting opinion that large flathead are major consumers of smaller flathead.. and that after a certain size they become impotent as breeders and just serve to kill stock...i can't remember my source but i have seen flathead with flathead in there gut prior to becoming wise about releasing the larger females... i've always wanted to get more info on that..

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yeah i don't begrudge either particularly as i did it myself for a long time.....i also have the luxury of having large chunks of time to fish so i don't feel the need to keep everything i catch... i'd like to get a cheap digital rock worthy camera but.... just on the large flathead as breeders thing i have heard a conflicting opinion that large flathead are major consumers of smaller flathead.. and that after a certain size they become impotent as breeders and just serve to kill stock...i can't remember my source but i have seen flathead with flathead in there gut prior to becoming wise about releasing the larger females... i've always wanted to get more info on that..

Interesting, I'd like to find out more about that, in saying that I wouldn't eat a 90cm flattie anyway i reckon the big ones don't taste as good. my rules on flatties are 45-55 are perfect in the pan. anything under 45 and over 65 go back and as I'm the only one at home that eats fish I will rarely keep any more than 4 from a session unless I want to keep them for bait.(not flatties of course)

Well done by the way Daniel I reckon they are some pretty common sense practices that a few more of us should think about :thumbup:

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Interesting, I'd like to find out more about that, in saying that I wouldn't eat a 90cm flattie anyway i reckon the big ones don't taste as good. my rules on flatties are 45-55 are perfect in the pan. anything under 45 and over 65 go back and as I'm the only one at home that eats fish I will rarely keep any more than 4 from a session unless I want to keep them for bait.(not flatties of course)

Well done by the way Daniel I reckon they are some pretty common sense practices that a few more of us should think about :thumbup:

i think flattieman or maybe yoda had some insight on the bigger fish going baron and eating smaller fish... i'm sorry i can't remember which one.. but there view was that there are usually a group of smaller males around the larger female and that if there were a shortage of food the males might not get too lucky..

i know one of the biggest flathead was caught by kids at lake tabourie?? i think ..south coast... they saw it moving through the grass growing in the shallows and clubbed it speared it with a stick , it spat out a flathead around 50cm long ...

yoda also mentioned that he uses barbless hooks when he wants to keep fishing and releasing.... a practise that i hadn't thought of for quite some time..

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