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QLD govt Spanish Mackeral Fishery working group = Closures and lockouts


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1 hour ago, jon said:

Also mate I was having a think about this a bit more and just realised we have a another member with the same first name as you. He is a northsider and a myriad of species avoid him like the bubonic plague there is a possibility that the Spanish have got you confused with Greg oug. In which case there’s not a great deal you can do about it

It feels mean to comment on this... but I will

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Had a good crack on Saturday just gone, high tide at 10/11am, got out to Barren Island about sun up. Not much on the sounder, say one mackerel free jump. So deployed 2 large gar i had rigged on weighted gang, and pink squid over the front. Water looked good & clean, but no takers, tried a few other spots with similar techniques, floated pillies about for a while, found some bait, high speed jigged that for a while, caught a few livies, put some out mid water, others under floats down to 5-7 m. Left at high tide, nothing to show for that day.

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Well that varies depending on what bait or lure im using.

On the Rigged Garfish I run a short length of 59lb Mason single strand wire of about 200mm before a black swivel, then onto my 60lb fluro-carbon topshot. Trolled at about 4kts or so. 

On the trolled hardbody minnows i just run the 60lb fluro-carbon strait to the clip and lure. Trolled a bit faster 6-8 kts

On the floating pilly rigs that was on a lighter spin rod (37lb braid) with about a 10 foot top shot of 50lb fluro carbon through a small ball sinker to a gang of 4 x Mustard 7766 5/0 Tarpon hooks. Removed sinker when conditions suited.

Used the above with just the flasher/lure/Jig dropped to the bottom and cranked up around shows of fish on the sounder. 

As for the live yakkas, i just had a very short piece of that 59lb single strand about 100mm long above a live bait hook in the back, suspend at various depths, or just free swimming around likely areas as i drift across them.

 

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8 hours ago, GregN70 said:

Well that varies depending on what bait or lure im using.

On the Rigged Garfish I run a short length of 59lb Mason single strand wire of about 200mm before a black swivel, then onto my 60lb fluro-carbon topshot. Trolled at about 4kts or so. 

On the trolled hardbody minnows i just run the 60lb fluro-carbon strait to the clip and lure. Trolled a bit faster 6-8 kts

On the floating pilly rigs that was on a lighter spin rod (37lb braid) with about a 10 foot top shot of 50lb fluro carbon through a small ball sinker to a gang of 4 x Mustard 7766 5/0 Tarpon hooks. Removed sinker when conditions suited.

Used the above with just the flasher/lure/Jig dropped to the bottom and cranked up around shows of fish on the sounder. 

As for the live yakkas, i just had a very short piece of that 59lb single strand about 100mm long above a live bait hook in the back, suspend at various depths, or just free swimming around likely areas as i drift across them.

 

hard to see too much wrong with that. 🙂

Tugger has made me go down to the 30ish lb single strand wire... 

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On 28/05/2021 at 8:28 PM, davostephens said:

Hi All.

Please google

 

Spanish Mackeral Fishery Working Group Communiquae 17-18 MAy

In short a team has been assembled to study Mackeral numbers. This, as I have seen off NSW coasts previously has lead to closures and lockouts.

Snapper, Pearl perch have been limikted (I think with some warrant during breeds) Black Jew No Take.(dunno where I stand on this)

But Spanish Mackeral? This will be next on the chop I feel. Bag limits have already been reduced to 6 per Boat (Fair enough). But honestly there are shitloads of them.

Spanish Mac are a fast growing species with a life cycle of 8-10 yrs, Prolific Breeders, and hence a sustainable species. We already have massive Green zones along the GBR, Pretty much North of Cooktown No Population, hence 100's of miles of more or less unfished area. Then the Mackeral have 1000's of miles from the Tip QLD to Broome and beyond to proliferate. The Migratory Fish that travel the East Coast are a staple fish for the Average Rec Fisho. Commercial fisheries also rely on Mackeral.

 

If you want to ban an unsustainable fishery and make a difference... Choose Orange Roughy

 

I urge you to read the report, Easy enough to find. 

My mate who owns a Wholesale fish shop that deals in alot of Mac is very worried about this. He basically said when I sent him a photo of my last catch "you better frame that because it may be your last soon enough"

 

The report dosnt mention Closures (YET)  But when these teams of scientists assemble there is always a political and self motivated Agenda to push. Watch this space. Mackeral along East coast will be No take or very seasonal if these mobs get there way. It will all be somehow wrapped up with the Palaschook Govt and the Green Vote.

See what you think and read btw the lines. Remember there is usually no public consult. Just changes shoved thru and your right to fish and feed your family removed. They tried this off sydney and the

'STOP THE LOCKOUT"  facebook team/movement quashed this. Worth checking them out. They have been advised and are already on board with watching and following this intently. They are still trying to overturn green zones locking familes out of fishing areas all along the NSW coast. A grubby Obeid Govt got this thru by buying green votes with this. Disgusting. That prick can rot.

 

Remember, if we do nothing and a closure gets in, it is near impossible to repeal. I encourage you to write and share this with your local members, Fishing celebrity's etc. Get ahead of it. 10 mins to email, or a lifetime of whinging when your right to Fish for Mackeral is taken away

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Good Luck.

Very few fish have seasonal closures in NSW. Bass and estuary perch are the only ones I can think of. As to green zones or marine parks they have never been the result of stock assessments like this. They have never even originated from any of our fisheries departments. Ie it doesn't seem that this assessment has anything to do with some green agenda or push for marine parks.

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