Fishing Adventure Checklist
Fishing is one of Australia's favourite pastimes. Any keen angler will have a story of "the one that got away" and how they caught a fish "this big!"
Here are some things to consider...
Plan ahead and prepare
Obtain a fishing licence and understand the boating regulations of the area you are visiting.
Learn how to identify the different species of fish and obey the size and limits of the fish you can take.
Read and educate yourself on the area you are to visit as regulations may prevent fishing at certain times of the year.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces
Stick to the established trails and durable surfaces such as rock, gravel, water or sand.
Launch your boat from an existing boat ramp or a durable surface.
Camp at least 70 metres from the shore.
Avoid trampling of aquatic vegetation as it is habitat for other animals.
Dispose of waste properly
"Pack it in, pack it out". Take out all rubbish, food and litter in stuff sacks or zip lock bags.
Remove all fishing line, sinkers, nets, bait, hooks and packaging materials from the area.
Avoid using lead sinkers and if found, "pack it out ".
Dispose of entrails in a rubbish bin. Deep water with fast currents is acceptable.
Use toilets when possible, otherwise bury human waste in a "cat hole" 100 metres away from the water source or dispose in deep water.
Leave what you find
Leave rocks, shells, other natural objects and historical artefacts as you find them, take lots of photos instead.
Only take regulation catches and think about what you really need. Practice the catch and release method of fishing and do not fight fish into exhaustion.
Do not release live bait into waterways.
Minimise campfire impacts
Check local regulations and observe total fire ban days before lighting a fire.
Consider if a fire is really necessary. If you need a fire, use an established fire ring. If there is no fire ring , excavate a shallow depression in the sand below the high tide line. Be sure to remove and scatter all ash before filling in depression.
Use only dead and downed wood that is around 50cm long and no thicker than your wrist. Ideally use a portable stove to cook.
Only take what you need and dispatch your catch humanely.
Refrain from wading during spawning times.
Do not feed other wildlife and observe from a distance.
Be considerate of your hosts & other visitors
Think about other visitors that are enjoying the peace and solitude, try to keep noise to a minimum.
Turn engines off when you do not need them and keep radio noise and music down low.
Be aware of other recreational users on the water and respect their experiences.
Here is the gear that we suggest you take...