Fishing report for Far South Coast: Aug. 21

THIS week’s fishing has been hampered by the weather with Saturday the last to see anybody venture outside, but there are fish about.

Boats travelled up to Tuross and all ended up back at Montague Island where there are some nice mowies out in the 180-220ft line on the northeast side and in closer there are some nice pan size snapper waiting to be caught.

Reports have the 4 mile at Bermi fishing well for all reef fish.

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Scotty at Bermi Bait & Tackle says the trick is to go down to lighter leaders and as little weight as possible.

This made all the difference as those fishing heavier paternosters on Saturday morning did not do so well compared to those using his technique on Saturday afternoon.

A look at the map sees nice water out wide well real wide about 150kms, but this weather might push it in.

The temp at the island is 16.2 with not much current. There are a good school of flathead just off Glasshouse Rocks in 30-metres.

My spies tell me that the coves at Mystery Bay are holding nice bream and whiting but only on live beach worms.

The Narooma Port Committee meet with the Marine Parks a few weeks ago on the lack of nothing happening with the upgrade of Apex Park boat ramp.

It has now been handed back to Eurobodalla Shire Council for now, but one must say the amount of red tape for a simple upgrade is a worry as it proves the system in place now is a failure.

And remember this money was granted some 18 months ago from the RMS for the upgrade but the committee will be on keep on their backs and with an election next year it will be on the list.

With all this new-age social media it great to see how fishing clubs and charter operators are making full use of it.

A quick look has found the Bowlo Fishing Club, Charter Fish Narooma, The Sheriff fishing Charters and John Moore’s Narooma Charters , The Narooma Complete Angler and the very informative Bermi Bait and Tackle (for all the water temps) all up and running now and worth a look on Facebook.

- Fishfingers

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NSW Government to stock prawns in lakes

NSW Marine Fish Stocking Program will see about four million juvenile eastern king prawns stocked in 10 locations along the coast during 2014-15, starting this summer.

Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced that fish stocks along the coastline will receive a major boost with the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government implementing a new marine fish stocking program to enhance recreational fishing opportunities.

“This program will see widely sought-after Eastern king prawns stocked up and down the NSW coast, from Eden in the south up to Old Bar near Myall Lakes,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“Plans are also underway to initiate Mulloway stockings in the future. This will require collecting wild caught broodstock and acclimating the fish to hatchery conditions before being ready to spawn.

“This program of stocking of fish and prawns in estuarine environments follows on from previous research trials of stocking mulloway and prawns, which evaluated ecological aspects and effectiveness of marine stockings.

“These successful stockings provided essential information for a comprehensive environmental assessment and development of a management strategy for implementation of an ongoing marine stocking program.

“This new program will build on the successful freshwater native fish and trout stocking initiatives in rivers and impoundments which have been boosting recreational fishing opportunities during the last 50 years.

“The NSW Government is proud to support the recreational fishing industry, which generates about $1.6 billion in expenditure to the NSW economy each year and creates about 14,000 jobs.

“This marine stocking project is another great example of how money raised through the sale of the recreational fishing fee is being invested back into projects and initiatives that directly benefit recreational anglers.”

The following 10 locations have been identified as potential stocking locations for Eastern king prawns this summer: Curalo Lagoon, Wallagoot Lake, Nelson Lake, Lake Tabourie, Burrill Lake, Lake Conjola, Swan Lake, Narrabeen Lagoon, Wamberal Lagoon and Khappinghat Creek.

For more information, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/info/stocking/marine

Bans on commercial netting remain

MINISTER for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced a ban on commercial netting will remain in place in creeks and waterways where it is not currently permitted. 

Ms Hodgkinson said the decision follows recommendations from the Structural Adjustment Review Committee (SARC), which is overseeing the next phase of the Commercial Fisheries Reform Program.

The decision means there will not be any changes, with respect to mesh netting, in the following estuaries: Bournda Lagoon and Sandy Beach Creek; Merimbula Lake; Patonga Creek; Bonville and Pine Creeks; Newports and Boambee Creeks; Jerusalem Creek; Evans River; Mooball Creek; and Cudgen Creek and approves no increase in netting in Pittwater.

Ms Hodgkinson said the decision is in line with advice from the independent SARC.

“From the outset I have maintained the NSW Government is committed to undertaking a genuine and comprehensive consultation process as part of the reform program and that’s exactly what has taken place here,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The NSW Government has listened to feedback and issues raised as part of our comprehensive consultation process.

“During this consultation process, concerns were raised about commercial industry driven proposals in the reform option papers to allow the use of meshing nets in certain estuaries where it is currently not permitted.

“Today’s announcement takes those options off the table.”

Ms Hodgkinson said SARC is reviewing the options and will undertake further targeted consultation with industry, before providing recommendations to the NSW Government.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to getting this reform right, which is why additional time has been provided for the independent SARC to tailor options and undertake further targeted consultation with industry,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“We will also be commissioning an independent economic assessment to assist SARC in making recommendations.

“There is no doubt that reform is a challenging process, but we have a genuine opportunity to strengthen the long-term future of the commercial fishing industry in NSW.

“Labor got the commercial fishing industry into a mess by over-allocating shares in 2007, and bungling a $1.5 million exit grant process in 2010.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has put a $16 million structural adjustment package on the table – it is imperative this is put to best use.”

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