• Hannah Phillips

Tips for School Holiday Fishing Fun

These school holidays, fishing is a great way to get out and enjoy the natural wonders our coastal communities have to offer.

To help make the most of the experience and protect our marine environment at the same time, Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA) have released a number of handy tips.

Wayne had the story on today's Morning Show.

Tips include:

• The fresher the bait, the more appealing it is to fish. Head to your local tackle shop or fishing store to purchase local Sardines, Squid, Pipi, Cockles or Beach Worms. • Are you using the right fishing gear? Each person is allowed to use one of the following combinations: up to 2 x rods or up to 2 x handlines or 1 x of each. More information is available by visiting www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_gear/permitted_devices. • Freshwater shrimp make excellent bait for the Golden Perch currently biting in the River Murray. Why not try using a shrimp trap to catch your own bait? Traps can be purchased at most tackle shops. Visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_gear/permitted_devices for the legal shrimp trap dimensions and remember that fishing with any type of device or gear is not permitted within 150 metres of a weir or lock. • Never use leftover or uncooked seafood sold for human consumption such as prawns, abalone, crabs and oysters. You could accidentally spread aquatic diseases in South Australian waters such as White Spot Disease which affects prawns from some regions in Queensland. • Remember – bivalve shellfish including oysters, mussels, Razorfish and Cockles cannot be removed from the Port River, including West Lakes, for any reason. This measure was introduced in 2018 after Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) was detected in feral oysters in the River. • The catch and release season for Murray Cod is open annually between January 1 to July 31, however, the • Chowilla flood plain is closed year-round.

• It is illegal to lift any size Murray Cod fish out of the water. Learn how to safely handle a Murray Cod by visiting pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recreational_fishing/murray_cod. • Please take your litter home with you and recycle.

Suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported 24-hours, seven days per week by calling Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.

Information about bag, boat and size limits, fishing gear and more is available by visiting pir.sa.gov.au/fishing.

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