1 March sees new size and bag limits in Queensland

Queensland's Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries has increased the size and bag limits on some of the State's most popular bread and butter fish species. Whiting, bream and flathead limits have all been increased to increase the opportunity of these fish to spawn before capture.

Some of the changes include:
  • size limits for bream increasing from 23cm to 25cm (will not come into effect till 1 March 2010);
  • a combined bag limit of 30 bream species (pikey, yellowfin, tarwhine etc); and
  • combined bag limit of 5 flathead species (except dusky).
If you need to get up to speed on the current fishing regulations for Queensland spend some time trawling around the Department's website for more information or drop into your bait and tackle store for a new recreational fishing guide.

The regulation changes have not been without opposition with a number of groups commenting on the need to also curb excessive commercial fishing. Sunfish has mentioned the need to limit commercial netting while the Fraser Coast Chairman noted the impact the new regulations will have on tourism and the family fishing expedition.

Shocking pic sequence of Sydney rock fishing.

This incredible sequence of images was taken by a local photographer in Manly, NSW this week, just 24 hours before a fishermans body washed up at nearby Grotto Point - highlighting the incredibly danger of rock fishing on ocean coastlines.

Greens against commercial fishing bans in Port Phillip Bay

Recreational anglers have been campaigning for years to ban commercial fishing in Port Phillip Bay, and just when it looked like laws were about to be laid down the Greens Party leader from Victoria, Greg Barber has objected.

Fishing trip fillets a Cowboy's footy player

Second rower for the North Queensland Coyboys, Scott Bolton is out of action after a fishing trip gone-wrong this week. Proving that fishing can be more dangerous than NRL football.

Currumbin's biggest prawn cocktail!

With an exclamation of "Dad I think there's something big in here!" Young Kye pulled this beauty in.

Five times the predators in Barrier Reef 'Green Zones'.

The only way to slow the process, is by sticking to bag limits and practicing good catch-and-release techniques when you're out on the water.

The one that got away - 19hr fight with 200kg Tuna.

A battle of epic proportions was played out off the Tasmanian coast this week, when two professional anglers were put up a fight with a 200kg Tuna that continued for over 19 hours, before disaster struck.

Don't have a boat? Make one! Or not.

Two English anglers had to be rescued this week after their home made fishing boat was stranded off Essex, but the real news, is that they made it from insulation foam and silicone - for the grand total of ?9.

Green Zones help protect fish in more ways than one.

Scientists have discovered an unexpected surprise after the introduction of fishing green zones in more than 40% of the Great Barrier Reef since the 1980's.

This Weekend - Pirtek Fishing Challenge

Since it's inception, the Pirtek Fishing Challenge has raised over $600,000 for Prostate Cancer, and this weekend it's back once again to live up to it's title of the biggest fishing event in Australia!

Mack found in hidden compartment, anglers fined $9000.

Don't lie to the Fisheries guys when they know what you've been up to! In fact, don't lie to them at all when it comes to how many fish you're carrying in the boat, because chances are they'll find the ones you've stashed.