As reported last week, the Minister for Emergency Services has extended the trial period for wearing of life jackets while rock fishing until May 2018 now.
This only applies to the trial zone on Sydney rock ledges between Clovelly and La Perouse. Both sides of the argument have been on display in local media over the last week and I can understand both. However, if I was asked for my opinion on this matter, I would have draw on my own experiences. I have personal pulled 2 people from water between Swansea and Snapper Rocks in the last 10 years. The first wasn’t wearing a jacket and died, the second was and he was airlifted from my boat alive (just). He subsequently became the only person to be retrieved alive from the snapper rocks area. Whenever I fish with my young son from the rocks we are wearing jackets.
On a lighter note the cold currents were present again last weekend due to persistent north easterlies however with south easterlies this week the water should warm up for the weekend, unfortunately a low is developing so keep an eye on the swell which will most likely build from the south. Best options will be the channel for whiting and bream on the run out tide preferably. Best baits will be anything live, for example, beach worms, blood worms, nippers and prawns. Flathead in the channel also, with soft plastics doing most of the damage. If swell permits, the southern corners of Stockton, Blacksmiths and Fingal beaches should be holding whiting also.
Swansea RSL Fishing Club held their Presentation Night last weekend with Matt Pritchard and David Sykes cleaning up in most categories with young Caleb Pritchard scoring most meritorious fish for his incredible Jew of 19kg cleaned, caught off one of our local beaches this year, Well Done!
On the Water this Week:
TEMPS: Better 19 degrees, Visibility: poor, Tides: low – early and late, Moon: Last half, Current: Steady should be up
- Cameron Judd is the President of Swansea RSL Fishing Club and can be heard on 2HD Friday mornings at 5.55am.