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.

The cultural shift in Recreational Anglers.

The QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries reports that they've seen a cultural shift in Recreational Anglers in relation to the reporting of illegal fishing activities.

Female Fishing Ettiquete

"Never hold a fish. A ladies hand should always be kept clean. Girls stay clean. Girls stay dry. A lady. Always rides in the boat."

Fishing store trades computer games for fishing rods.

A US based fishing store is this weekend offering trade-in deals for computer and console games in an attempt to get kids outside and enjoying the world of recreational fishing!

20th Annual Boyne Tannum HookUp on this weekend

One of QLD's biggest and longest running fishing events is about to kick off this weekend, with an exceptional forecast and giant boat-loads of prizes on offer.

Shrieking with glee - 200kg Goliath Grouper in a Kayak

Have you ever looked back on a video of yourself catching a fish, and thought "I'm sure that fish was bigger than that!" Have you ever looked back and thought "Geez, I squealed like a girl when that monster popped up!".

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.