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  1. Koalaboi

    Shark Meshing: Is it Worth It?

    Hi, Been an interesting conversation and thanks everyone for your perceptive and thoughtful input. Not sure about the demonising of greens in kingie chaser's post above. We need an appropriate balance between the environment and human needs for our own survival not to mention well being. Development and conservation are not mutually exclusive but there does need to be some long term views taken into account when decisions are made rather than just considering the short term profit motive. I consider myself a green but I don't have a problem killing fish and other animals for food or conservation purposes. Anyway, to answer kingie chaser's question "What is worth??" (I'm assuming a chat). My post, which started the thread was, not so much about saving sharks or humans, but about whether shark meshing was that effective in protecting people, is it cost effective, is the by-catch of non target species an issue and should we really be looking at alternative methods of safeguarding swimmers? Should we just accept that the possibility of shark attack when swimming/surfing etc (unlikely though it may be) is just a risk we should be prepared to take, like getting into a car, which is far more dangerous? I don't know how politicised the issue is but, like I wrote above, the "fear of the beast" is a primal fear that all humans have. Here it plays out as fear of shark attack, snake bite, crocodile attack etc. If we lived in other places it may be lion, tiger or bear attack. Maybe that primal fear sees us making poor long term decisions. KB
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    Blackfish bait

    I use cabbage in Tuggerah lakes and it works fine. KB
  3. Koalaboi

    Shark Meshing: Is it Worth It?

    Hi, In a post above, Mr Sqidy said: "On a side note, how do you get killed by lizards in Australia? That's an achievement. " In today's Guardian this report of a particularly vicious lizard attack which Qld Ambulance senior operations supervisor Shane Tucker, described as having the potential to be, "life threatening" https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/16/goanna-attack-dog-killed-and-queensland-couple-in-hospital-after-freak-ordeal It's a dangerous world out there! KB
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    He's got 4 brace there: a brace is a pair of fish/grouse etc. I only learned that by reading old books on fly fishing. A good trivia quiz question. KB
  5. Hi, I remember back in the late 60s and 70s that catching a few tailor was simply a matter of turning up at the beach or rocks with some pillies, a 3/4 gang hook rig and having a cast. Not any more. @kingfishbig above wrote, "No saltwater fish species has ever been made extinct by fishing." I think he's probably correct but at the same time, have absolutely no idea how such a claim could be verified. Lots of animals have become extinct because of human activity, the Tassie Tiger is a good example and, there's plenty more on the way here in Australia. National Geographic has an interesting article on the issue: "...by 1989, when about 90 million tons (metric tons) of catch were taken from the ocean, the industry had hit its high-water mark, and yields have declined or stagnated ever since. Fisheries for the most sought-after species, like orange roughy, Chilean sea bass, and bluefin tuna have collapsed. In 2003, a scientific report estimated that industrial fishing had reduced the number of large ocean fish to just 10 percent of their pre-industrial population." The full article is linked below but I'm sure there's lots more out there. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/critical-issues-overfishing/ Again, it's all good us talking about this, and that's important. We need to get the conversation happening. I want my sons and their children to be able to go for a fish and come home with a feed. I guess the question here is, what can we do?
  6. Hi, Thanks for all the interesting, thoughtful and perceptive comments. For me, I reckon that we are the custodians of the environment and it is our responsibility to hand it over to our children in a better state that we inherited. We have the knowledge and the ability to do so but it's just not happening. Whether you're talking fish kills in the Murray Darling system or massive drops in numbers of marine fishes, the overexploitation of our finite resources and habitat destruction seems to be getting worse not better. We're just a bunch of passionate recreational fishers and I know that we all observe bag and size limits. But we can't do it alone. It is going to take coordinated action by government, government authorities, business, farmers, professional fishers etc for us to halt the problem. For this to happen we need our elected governments at state and federal level to work together to protect the environment and provide leadership. Call me cynical or even pessimistic but I just can't see it happening. It's like watching a slow motion train crash. What's really sad is the we have done things like this in the past: addressing ozone depletion was a world wide effort and a success. Bringing whales back from the brink of extinction....We can do it. I'll get off my soapbox! KB
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    Shark Meshing: Is it Worth It?

    One theory I heard was that the increase of whales has led to the increase in white sharks. For myself, I reckon that: sharks are an important part of the food chain and research has shown how important apex predators are in keeping a whole host of other aspects of ecosystems in balance and productive the chances of being attacked by a shark are much less than car accident fatalities etc skydiving and base jumping deaths are regarded as an aspect of the sport that people must consider before participating, then maybe we need to educate swimmers along the lines that there are risks when swimming in the ocean. we need to protect swimmers as much as is reasonably possible including education etc. but should be researching and developing less destructive methods Like noelm said above, people's feelings may be different if they or a loved one are lost but it often seems to me that victims of shark attacks hold no grudges against sharks, still fear and other serious issues see: https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/horror-shark-attack-and-fatality-statistics-show-how-deadly-australias-beaches-can-be/news-story/309116d58dd2336279d46cc20234ac87 Maybe it's just that primal fear of "The Beast" that gets us so worked up. KB
  8. Hi, Shark meshing is an emotive topic and worth a chat. Fresh on after the snapper fishing closure dispute in SA, is an article on the ABC news website today, reviewing the shark meshing report for the latest season (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-08/call-to-remove-shark-nets-with-other-marine-life-caught/11396366 ) Here's the 2018/19 season figures below. Is it worth it? The full report is here: https://www.sharksmart.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1149640/smp-2018-19-annual-performance-report.pdf KB
  9. Hi Everyone, After watching so many TV shows about the great snapper fishing in South Australia, this story won't make charter operators, commercial and recreational fishers in the area too happy. Surprisingly, the research quoted in the article states recreational fishers take close to 40% of all snapper caught. Much more than I would have expected. '"Fishing for snapper in South Australia may be banned until 2023 to allow "decimated" populations to recover.The State Government said stocks have declined by 87 per cent in Gulf St Vincent, and 23 per cent in the Spencer Gulf. 'A statewide closure from October this year until February 2023 has been proposed in a consultation paper released by Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone, with the possibility that a limited season could be opened in the south-east. 'Mr Whetstone said if urgent steps are not taken, the iconic species could vanish from South Australia altogether.... 'The state's commercial catch fell from a peak of 1,035 tonnes in 2010 to 339 tonnes in 2017, according to the department. 'About 62 per cent of snapper caught in the state are snagged by commercial fishers, and the rest by recreational fishers.' Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-07/sa-minister-proposes-three-year-ban-on-snapper-fishing/11393520 KB
  10. Koalaboi

    10ft vs 12ft Casting Distance Question.

    You probably are already all over this but casting distance depends a lot on the kind of reel and line you are using as well as the casting technique and strength of the person casting. If a slightly longer rod casts a little further, will that really make that much difference to your fishing success? For myself, spending $300+ on a fishing rod is really a lot of money, (read way too much) but like everything, the value of what we buy is not just only measurable in dollars and cents. If you buy the rod you didn't really want, you'll always have a niggling little regret every time you go fishing with it. Probably not much help. Good luck!
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    Best way to tell beach fishing conditions

    Hi, I live close to the beach on the Central Coast at Toowoon Bay and can hear the surf from home so a quick visual check is easy. Just the same, I will look at surf forecasts when planning ahead. Realsurf: http://www.realsurf.com/ has a good forecast as does the BOM's MetEye: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/?loc=NSW_FA001 It's also important to know the area of coast you want to fish well to work out where to go. Where I live, shallow offshore reefs tend to soak up a bit of swell size before it hits the beaches whereas down at Copacobana, the same swell can be almost double the size as the beach fronts straight to deep water. Swell direction is also important as some swells will miss certain parts of a beach which in different conditions, will be hammered by a swell from a different direction. Get out there and build up your knowledge of where/when to fish in different swell, wind and tide conditions and you'll get onto the fish! KB
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    The 'freak wave' myth

    Interesting article. I've never bought into the "freak wave" story. They make the point that people who are looking well out to sea are in fact safer as they see the sets coming well before they get to the platform. As an old surfer, I find that looking out to sea for the sets is an automatic thing. Whenever I hear about people losing their lives rock fishing I am aware of the ocean conditions at the time and find myself shaking my head in amazement that they were fishing in those conditions. Whilst I have not been washed in whilst fishing, I have often surfed reef breaks and jumped in off the rocks so am aware of how to negotiate waves breaking over rocky reefs and headlands. I also know the difference in power between wind swells and long period ground swells, and there is a huge difference even though the waves may be of a similar size. Putting on a LJ will not give a fisherman common sense, surf sense and the ability to swim. I worry that LJs may even give some people a false sense of security and contribute to the problem rather than resolve it. KB
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    Some Fishers are Just Too Good

    This guy knows how to fish...I guess with so much riding on his success, he's put in the hours:. Nice bream ay!
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    The Entrance perch

    Well done Toby, they're very good fish. KB
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    Old days

    I remember the high speed spinning days: Lyn Donoghue was a gun and he did a bit of pioneering fishing down at Jervis Bay...I worked with him in a fishing tackle shop Shappeare and Hoare in Top Ryde back in my uni days in the early 70s. Lyn took up hunting and seemed to lose interest in fishing. haven't seen him since those days. I still have my 5:1 Seascape reel in good nick. From memory, the coffin series of lures were meant to work well on pelagics using a slower retrieve. KB