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  1. Full media release: Safeguarding our future snapper stocks Changes to managing South Australia’s iconic snapper including spatial closures in both the Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent have been agreed, following consultation with the commercial, charter and recreational fishing sectors. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said that the annual statewide snapper closure ends at midday on Saturday 15 December, and the combination of new scientific information and consultation across all fishing sectors had led to the new management arrangements. “South Australia’s fishers will be able to fish for snapper in coastal waters from Saturday 15 December, however localised no-fishing zones will apply to aggregation sites in Gulf St Vincent until 31 March 2019 and in Spencer Gulf until 15 December 2019 as recommended by an historic agreement between recreational and commercial fishers,” said Minister Whetstone. “New scientific information in a recent report from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), has identified snapper stocks in the Spencer Gulf and West Coast areas are ‘depleted’. This means the snapper stocks are critically low and without changing management, the snapper stocks will not recover. “The long-term sustainability of our snapper stocks is the most important thing. “The former Labor government had 16 years to address this problem and they failed to make the tough decisions needed. They tinkered around the edges and the latest snapper stock assessment is alarming. “Snapper is an iconic fish species in South Australia and is loved by consumers and recreational fishers alike. The commercial sector, the fishing charter sector and the recreational sector have all raised concerns over snapper stocks. “Managing fish stocks is an ongoing collaboration between government, industry and the community. “The Marshall Liberal Government has been consulting with the various fishing sectors since 7 November on the latest science regarding snapper populations. “A meeting on 12 December with the South Australian Fishing Alliance, FishinSA, RecFishSA, the Marine Fishers Association and the Surveyed Charter Boat Owners and Operators Association of South Australia reached a consensus across commercial, recreational and charter fishers about the need for new, localised fishing closures to protect snapper populations. “Snapper stocks in Gulf St Vincent and the South East are identified in the report as ‘sustainable’ however information for Gulf St Vincent shows a downward trend on a similar path to that of the Spencer Gulf and West Coast. “Given this new scientific information, fishing sector representatives and fisheries scientists agreed new management measures were required to provide additional protection to support recovery of the Spencer Gulf/West Coast stock and maintain sustainable populations of snapper in Gulf St Vincent and the South East. The management changes to be implemented from 15 December are: • In Spencer Gulf: o four localised spatial closures which prohibit fishing for any species and no possession of snapper for 12 months (midday 15 December 2018 - midday 15 December 2019). o a new spatial closure in Spencer Gulf at Point Lowly. The closure prohibits the take of snapper for 12 months but allows for other fishing activities and possession of snapper in transit to the Point Lowly boat ramp. • In Gulf St Vincent: o two new spatial closures which prohibit the take and possession of snapper until March 2018 (midday 15 December 2018 - midday 31 March 2019). These closures encompass part of Tapley Shoal and an area off Sellicks Beach, and allow for other fishing activities. The current spatial closure at Ardrossan in the northern part of Gulf St Vincent will be removed. o the previous spatial closure in northern Gulf St Vincent has been removed based on new scientific information and advice from the commercial, charter boat and recreational fishers. • Statewide: a reduction in the charter boat individual bag limit to three small fish and one big fish and no boat limit, as proposed in the draft charter boat management plan. • Further discussions and consultation will occur in 2019 on additional measures to be applied in future to support rebuilding of snapper populations. “Further consultation will be undertaken with all sectors early in the new year to discuss future additional management measures for all sectors. Tough decisions will need to be taken to secure the long-term sustainability of the fishery into the future and as a shared stock these decisions will impact all fishing sectors. “Changes to long-term management arrangements of the commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery will be addressed through the Marine Scalefish Fishery Reform process that has recently been established. “I encourage recreational fishers and charter boat fishers to enjoy the wide variety of other species in our waters such as ocean jackets, tommy ruffs, snook, yellowfin whiting, yellow eye mullet, silver trevally and Australian salmon that offer great eating and enjoyable catching, to allow our iconic species such as snapper to recover. “If recreational fishers are targeting snapper over the current summer, please stick to your bag limit and refrain from the practice of catch and release fishing.” Fishers should visit the PIRSA website www.pir.sa.gov.au/snapper or the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app for the full details, including maps. Commercial fishers will also receive correspondence directly from PIRSA. South Australian Fishing Alliance Marine Fishers Association Inc. Wildcatch Fisheries SA Inc Recfish SA
  2. With great weather forecast i made the tow to Yorkes with a couple of mates, one who is a wizz with a camera.. What a day we had... Watch in HD
  3. Metro Some nice squid have been coming from West Beach, Semaphore, Largs and east of the Black Pole. Whiting are being caught at Black Pole, Norma, Bower Road ground, Grange and bigger fish out from West Beach. Crabs are slowing but there is still a good feed to be had at the Silt grounds, Semaphore and Largs. Snapper are being caught around the shipping channel, near the John Robb, ballast ground, the Broadway and out from O'Sullivan's around the barge. Port river has plenty of salmon trout from the North Arm through to the St Kilda breakwater. Some nice bream are being caught near the North Arm wrecks, Port Adelaide sailing club and north towards the Port bridges. West Lakes has mullet, bream and some small mulloway. For the jetty and beach anglers there are still some mullet and tommies and squid off Brighton, Grange and Semaphore jetties. Yorke Peninsula Snapper are coming from Ardrossan, Port Hughes, Chinamans, Corny Point, Edithburgh, out wide from Port Broughton and north of the Orontes. Whiting have picked up at Port Hughes, Balgowan, Port Vic, Edithburgh and Stansbury. Down the bottom of the foot there are salmon and mullet. Marion Bay jetty has squid and tommies. Butlers has salmon and mullet. Squid are coming from Port Vincent, south of Ardrossan, Pine Point, Stansbury, Point Turton, Hardwick Bay, Port Vic, port Hughes and Wallaroo. Crabs are still doing well at Clinton, Ardrossan, Port Vincent, Black Point and Port Broughton. South Salmon are coming from Waitpinga and Salt Creek. Rapid Bay has squid, tommies and some garfish. Second Valley has squid and tommies. Bluff jetty has some squid. Mulloway are still coming from Salt Creek beaches and the Coorong has mullet, bream near the Mondoo Channel and small mulloway near the dredge and east towards Mundoo. Freshwater Some nice size callop are coming from Cobdogla, Big Bend, Castles Landing, Blanchetown and around Cadel. Tight lines from The Dorsal Fin Team
  4. METRO Snapper were doing well before the closure in some areas such as O’Sullivan’s, out wide from North Haven approx. 35 kms out and up towards the Long Spit. Crabs are still running well but not as vigorous as back in October but there is still a good feed. Semaphore, Largs, north of Black Pole and in deeper water not far from the Cabbage patch. Squid have been doing very well with good catches coming from West Beach, Grange, Marino and a few out from Largs and near the Silt Grounds. There is plenty of snook around along the metro coast with Semaphore, Black Pole and Grange being the better places. Jetties have been doing OK in the early mornings and late afternoons also. Garfish are prolific but not big around Semaphore, Grange, West Beach and Brighton. Jetties have been doing well late at night. Whiting have slowed but there are still some nice fish south of Brighton and in the deeper waters out towards the Ballast ground off North Haven. It has been a good season for the Tommies with good catches and good size fish right along the metro coast. Keep a steady burley stream but not too much coming out. West Lakes has bream at both ends of the lake and small mulloway near the southern end of the lake. There is also some mullet back from the inlet and a few tommies. Yellowfin whiting have not quite hit the beaches as yet but there is some fish around Tennyson beach, St Kilda, Port Gawler and Thompsons beach. Garfish are still being caught wading out from the beach at Tennyson also. YORKE PENINSULA Take note of the new fishing regulations that come into force December 1. Snapper limits are now the same in all waters as it was with St Vincent gulf. Port Clinton/Price – There is crabs for boaties and waders, Salmon trout at the Price mouth, Garfish, Tommies and some nice flathead in the channels pass the mouth. Ardrossan – Some nice snapper were caught yesterday out near the Barges and not far out from the jetty, Small mulloway are out from the jetty at night, nice size garfish are north and south of the BHP jetty in shallow along with some nice crabs, Yellowfin whiting are off the beach south of Ardrossan and there is plenty of tommies around. The jetty has some crabs, squid and tommies. Black Point/Port Vincent – Crabs are still doing well for boaties and waders, Garfish are out on the eastern side of the spit at Black Point and north of the caravan park at Vincent, Yellowfin whiting are coming off the beaches and squid are at both locations. Snapper are south of Black Point on some of the trolley grounds heading towards the banks. Stansbury – Some nice whiting are coming from the oyster leases on the eastern side late afternoons, squid are off the jetty and out on the inner side of the spit, Garfish are near the spit and some off the jetty along with some nice tommies. Nice snook are out from the cemetery ground as well as squid and whiting on the late afternoon high tide. Some snapper should be out wide but have had no reports of any fish being caught prior to closure. Reports of some mulloway being caught at the Arm Chair and should improve through the holidays. Edithburgh – Whiting are still north of the island along with some big fish in the channel. There are big whiting near the oyster leases late in the afternoons. Snapper are in good numbers near Marion Reef and the channel. Squid are prolific north of the town and out from the swimming pool. Garfish and tommies are near the point at Coobowie and some nice gummies in the Coobowie bay. Squid, tommies and some garfish are coming from the jetty. Marion Bay/Pondi – Small pods of tuna are just starting to show up and should improve into the holidays. There are some nice nannies out from Podi and west towards Wedge. Kings are being caught out near Wedge along with tuna, some sambos. In the bay at Wedge there are whiting and flathead. Out from the jetty at Marion bay there are whiting and out from Rhino’s there are some nice gummies and flathead. Butlers and towards Foul Bay have big whiting. Shore based there are salmon pods at Butlers, Browns beach and occasionally in Pondi Bay. Early mornings and late afternoons is best. Pondi bay has garfish, whiting and flathead for the waders. Corny Point/ Gleeson’s - Nice whiting are out on the patches at Corny. Snapper are out deeper around the corner near the islands. Berry bay is starting to see some School Mulloway late at night. Gleeson’s has school mulloway along the beaches, squid out from the reef, whiting and snapper out wide south of the point. Point Turton – Whiting are coming from the Soutter grounds and near the drains, Garfish are in good numbers in the bay. Squid are coming from the bay in shallow. Snook are long the weed beds in about 3 metres of water and the jetty has garfish, tommies, squid, salmon trout and the odd sprat king near the breakwater. Hardwick Bay – Nice size whiting are out from the town in 4-5 metres of water, snook are also prolific within the township shallows, squid are coming from the northern grounds of Hardwick. Some small snapper are coming from the shoals. Port Victoria – Whiting continue to be in good numbers. Best areas are the Jetty ground, Moorarra late afternoons, near Goose on eastern side, Port Vic Reef, south of Flat Rock and north of Beatrice. Garfish are in good numbers near Rocky island along with big tommies, Squid are in the shallows east of Green island and big snook are coming from Deadman’s along with some salmon. Snapper have started to show up south of the island. Late afternoons is worth a try near some of the wrecks on the western part of the island and south of island approx. 12 kms straight south of Flat Rock. Drift this area where you can catch both whiting and snapper. Great news for holiday makers who fish the jetty. The jetty will be open for the first 140 metres as it will be repaired before Christmas, this also includes Port Rickaby jetty which will have access to 80 metres of jetty. Balgowan – Whiting are north towards the cliffs in around 10-12 metres of water, snapper are out wide south west about 40 kms out, Snook and big tommies are in close. Port Hughes – Snapper are out on the steamer but not in big numbers but there is some big whiting out there also. Squid are in the bay and at Coopers, Garfish, tommies and nice size crabs are in the bay and snook are between the jetty towards Coopers. The jetty has crabs, squid in shallow, tommies and some garfish. Garfish are in big number out on the light along with snook and the odd rugger near the reef on the southern side. Wallaroo – Had no reports on the snapper but after the spatial closure there should be some good number out on Jurassic’s. Whiting are still on the Walrus grounds and south towards the point. Best results have been drifting, Garfish and tommies are in the bay, Snook are coming from the North Beach end, squid are right through the bay. In the marina there are Yellowfin whiting, bream and the odd schoolie. Crabs are also right through the bay. The jetty has been doing well for crabs, squid, tommies and some garfish. Port Broughton – Snapper are coming from the northern ground before Pirie, south near the car wreck and out wide heading west towards the spit. Whiting are out deep west of the council wreck, tommies and garfish are between the Port Broughton channel and Fisherman’s bay Channel outside. Crabs are within the bay and in the back channels. The jetty is producing yellowfin whiting, crabs and tommies (Along with lots of trumpeters). Port Pirie – Garfish and tommies are out past the last marker along with crabs, the channel has some salmon trout and the mouths of the creeks has some nice yellowfin whiting and the odd flathead. Port Augusta – Kings, Kings, Kings. There are still some nice kingfish around, crabs are prolific south of the power station and out from mangroves, snapper have been hooked mistakenly out from the old power station wharf at night, garfish and tommies are out from the shacks along with some squid. AYRE PENINSULA/WEST COAST Decent salmon are at Scotts Beach Big tommies and squid are coming from the Fowlers Bay jetty. Mulloway are coming from The Dog Fence Beach, Yalata beaches and Tuckamore. Davenport creek has mullet & salmon trout. Streaky Bay has garfish, snook, kg whiting & blue crabs north of Dashwood Channel, while Acraman Creek has gar, mullet & salmon trout. Out from Waldegrave Island boat crews have caught red nannys, sweep, kg whiting & nice squid - Port Lincoln & Proper Bays have ruffs, salmon trout, garfish & flathead. Best reports for Eyre Peninsula kg whiting are from Reevesby Island, Tumby & Arno Bay grounds & east of Louth Bay. Tuna have dried up. Kingies are off Point Lowly, along with squid and crabs. SOUTH Squid, garfish, tommies & squid have been caught from inshore waters at Yankalilla & Sellicks Beach. Jetty fishing at Cape Jervis & Rapid Bay has been quite good with tommies, squid & big snook. Boats fishing out from Victor Harbor caught gar, kg whiting, snook & tommies. Second Valley has tommies and squid. Salt Creek has been plagued with weed on many occasions but when it’s clear there has been some nice mulloway, sharks and there is still some small pods of salmon. The Coorong continues to release water but with the blackwater coming down things may slow within the Coorong waters. Keeping closer towards the mouth should be better. FRESHWATER Unfortunately, the Murray has some big flows of blackwater coming down from our friends interstate but there is still some good fishing in Lake Bonney where even the jetty is almost under water. Callop continue to be on the bight in Lake Alexandrina. Some nice Callop have been caught near the cliffs near Blanchetown but that was the only report I got. I’m off to the Shack next week so the next report will be after Christmas. If I hear something I will let you know. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and above all have a safe one. Those boating during the holidays please take extra care as there will be a lot of boaties out there. Tight Lines from The Dorsal Fin Team
  5. I'll give you all a hint what the topic of the next Strike Hook comps is.... SNAPPER!!! Good luck to all those who are or who have already headed out for the first snapper session of the season. Just a reminder that the Snapper spawning spatial closures are in place midday 15 December to midday 31 January. Commercial and recreational fishers are prohibited from possessing, targeting, and taking snapper in these areas during the spatial closure period. Snapper spawning areas in: Spencer Gulf Gulf of Saint Vincent. Larger jpg and pdf versions of the map are attached that can be printed and viewed at a higher resolution snapper_closure_4km_20151012.pdf
  6. Everyone who writes up a snapper related post in February 06/02/2015 until 28/02/2015 will go into a draw to win a Strike & Hook snapper pack. Please note posts must be posted in the Strike & Hook forum - www.strikehook.com A massive thanks to Swivel's Original and Fishing Wholesalers for giving us some great prizes. Please check out www.swivelsoriginal.com and www.fishingwholesalers.com.au At the end of February a winner will be chosen by site moderators. Just like previous comps we will be looking for a few things, a great story, detailed instructions, nice photos or video and nice flowing, well written content, so no one liners. Get in there everyone and get up your reports, how to's or what ever else you can think of that is snapper related. To make things easy for us mods and so we don't miss any great posts. Please post your new topic in the Strike & Hook Competitions section of the site. Topics will be moved to their appropriate sections after the comp has finished.
  7. Hi everyone,I'm thinking of getting a few new packs of soft plastics for a variety of species and am currently looking at colours styles etc and thought I might start up a topic with everyone's recommendations for what plastic they've had success on for specific species, Salt and Fresh, Large and Small.E.g. Z-Man Curl TailZ GrubZ 2.5" Motor Oil for Bream in the Port River Berkley Gulp Minnow 3" Lime Tiger for Mulloway in the Coorong Not looking for brand wars just colours, styles etc.If you add a scent to your plastics what have you found works for you? Cheers
  8. Hi everyone this my best snapper up to date, took me awhile to crack the first one but after that Hazfish