Recreational Fishing – A Guide to Fishing Responsibly

Recreational fishing or sports fishing is one of the most popular pastimes. With a vast coastline, numerous estuaries and inland water bodies, almost a third of Australians fish for pleasure. With this, water sports like water skiing and wakeboarding are also common to Australians. Recreational fishing has conventions, set of laws and licensing restrictions to ensure healthy and sustainable practice amongst fishers. There are different rules for different areas and specific species. As a recreational angler, you must endeavor to protect endangered fishing resources, threatened species and aquatic habitat to improve fish stocks.

Fishing tackles

Fishing tackles like hooks, lines, rods, reels, baits, lures and spears must be used appropriately with proper fishing techniques. You need to familiarize with the existing tackles restrictions and use a legal tackle according to the size and type of fish. This can improve the post catch survival and limit chances of catching a wrong breed.

Barbless hooks and circle non-offset hooks are tackles that avoid deep hooking. It’s ideal that you unhook the fish while they are still in water. If the hook is stuck in the jaw or mouth, remove it slowly with a hook remover.

However, if the fish is hooked deeper in the stomach or in the mouth, it’s better to leave the hook where it is and cut the line near the hook. Hook retrieving devices can be used to help you save time while unhooking.

Timing of fishing

While there are many fishing spots across the globe, do a little bit research online. Find out which fish are there in your chosen location at what time of the year. This way, you can plan your trip accordingly.

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