Hints & Tips

2020 2015

Attention Wholesalers and Retailers of Landing Nets and Scoop Nets in QLD.

An incident happened in Queensland where anglers were noticed by a Fishcare Volunteer using an Eco Landing Net to scoop "Jelly Prawns" a favourite bait for some species in a Salt Water enviroment.

Rumours began to run wild that these nets were illegal.

To clarify this point - Eco Landing Nets are in fact Legal to use when use

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2020 2015

All fish are much more sensitive along the full length of their body than we humans are.

Fish possess a myriad of nerves and nerve endings just under the skin, which transmit electrical impulses to the brain.  The lateral line, running the full length of the body, around the centre of the body is the focal point for all of the fish's touch sensory organs.  This simply means that the fish

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2020 2015

An interesting factor about the design of the fish body, is that they have a series of keels both above and below the body.  The dorsal, pectoral, ventral and tail have as much to do with keeping the fish upright within the water, as they do with assisting the fish to feel and create propulsion through the water.  Without fins, the fish would simply spin through the water in a rolling mo

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2020 2015

Landing nets are very important pieces of equipment. They provide the angler with the ability to land his catch, handle the fish and release it with minimal risk of injury to himself and the fish.

It is often quite funny, when sitting in a group of boats and there is a hot bite running.  All around, reels are screaming, anglers grunting, cheering or cursing as fish after fish take the baits.&

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2020 2015

Often when you walk along the shores of a lake or impoundment, you may notice a number of coarse anglers practising their sport.  When you get close you may also notice many large net tubes in the water.  These tubes are keeper nets and are designed to keep caught fish in their natural environment, without damaging them.  The principal purpose of the Keeper net is to retain fish for

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2020 2015

Many COARSE ANGLERS and COMPETITION ANGLERS now use large keep nets to hold their catch in the water until the end of the day or the end of the competition.  Their fish are always kept alive and in good condition until the cessation of the trip.

Many competitions are now structured as catch and release events.  This means that the fish are caught, kept alive and then released once more a

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2020 2015

When any gaff is used on a fish, it usually does irreparable damage to the fish.  It really doesn't matter where the gaff is placed, in the head, the tail or on the flank, the impact of the gaff dramatically reduces the fish's chance of survival.

Many anglers use the gaff to mouth lift a large fish into the boat or onto the platform.  While this does less damage than by piercing the body o

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2020 2015

Frequently we hear of horror stories, where large and angry fish suddenly play up on the gaff and jump into the boat. Usually these fish are some of the fastest fish in the sea, like the Mako Shark, Sailfish or Marlin and the stories recount the damage done to boat, crew and equipment as the very green and very angry fish took the boat apart.

There is usually a simple explanation for these occurre

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2020 2015

Many large game and sports anglers often back down on a fish at the end of the fight.  This means that the motor is gunned and reversed back towards the fish to bring it within gaffing or tagging range.

As the boat backs down onto the fish, the propellers send a tremendous pulse of water energy back from the boat towards the fish.  With the sophisticated sensory receptors along the later

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2020 2015

Gaffs are large oversized, barbless hooks designed to assist in the landing and boating of large fish.  They are available in a range of sizes to suit the needs of most anglers:-

  1. SHORT, SINGLED HANDED MODELS

    These are the smallest and simplest gaffs for the angler to use.  The consist of a small gaff hook and a short handle for single handed operation, where the angler simply gaffs and
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