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.

An Eel, Bull Shark and a Teenager in Brisbane

What happens when an enthusiastic angler in Brisbane hooks a giant Pike Eel in the Brisbane River? Hilarity, as we found out when we read the story of Rick van der Drift's big catch this week.

WA to install more 'fishing debris bins'.

After collecting more than 8.7km of fishing line, 1743 fishing hooks and sinkers, 254 lure packets and 1508 bait bags in specialized bins around Perth, the WA Department of Fisheries is planning to spend another $20,000 on expanding the scheme.

Two eyes, a rare specimen and one lucky fisherman.

Port Douglas in North Queensland was the scene of quite an exciting catch this week, when a recreational angler hauled in a very rare species of swordfish. The Green Swordfish measuring 4.2m long was caught off the beach, but retrieving it could have resu

Swimming through a minefield

Ever wondered what it looks like when 30,000 people go ice fishing on one lake? You probably haven't wondered; but just in case you did, it looks like this.

Pirtek Fishing Challenge

Last year it raised a whopping $130,000 for Prostate Cancer, and it's back once again to live up to it's title of the biggest fishing event in Australia. The Pirtek Fishing Challenge! Entries are now open, and for just $20, you too can join the effort thi

Election provides a chance for Moreton Bay Fishing Haven

With an election looming in Queensland, now is your chance to influence a major change for recreational fishing in the state!

Shoalhaven Recreational Fishing Reef

The Minister for Primary Industries recently announced that the Department of Primary Industries will be deploying an offshore recreational fishing reef in the Shoalhaven area to increase recreational fishing opportunities.

New Rules for Fresh Water Anglers in QLD

Look out for new rules coming in February for fresh water fishing if you're in QLD!

Rock fishing is 3.1 times riskier than swimming.

As we begin 2015, Surf Life Saving Australia has looked back on 2014, to a year where Rock Fishing was declared as the most dangerous activity you can do on the coast.

What's worse than being in the water with a shark?

This unfortunate situation was realized by a Victorian man earlier this week after he was taken to hospital with some pretty serious wounds to his upper thigh.