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DURING the week, I had a customer tell me
they were fishing up north, caught a fish and
could see a piece of plastic sticking out its
Once they got it into the boat, they realised
that it was a tag of some sort, but they were
unsure what to do with it and unsure if they
could legally keep it.
They wanted to keep the fish and because
of the uncertainty, unfortunately they cut the
tag out while on the water and threw it away.
While they haven’t necessarily done any-
thing legally wrong, they have thrown away
some valuable information that is gained for
the return of the tags to the correct people.
I’ll clear up a few things about tagged fish
and what to do if you catch one.
Many different species of fish are tagged
and important information regarding the
movement of fish species is gained from the
tags being returned.
There are two main types of tags – satellite
tag and the push-in plastic type and tagged
fish can be caught anywhere.
The plastic tags are a small piece of plastic,
can be different colours and lengths and will
have a number on it.
The satellite tag is considerably different
and can be attached to a fin or a push-in tag,
but is more like a small box or cylinder.
Most satellite tags will have a phone number
on them and an identification number and are
worth a considerable amount of money.
If you catch a fish with either tag in it, there
is no legal requirement to return the fish to
the water and you can keep it if you want.
There are some things that you can do that
will help get the information needed to make
tagging the fish worth it.
Plastic tags, cut them off at the base and
collect a bit of information including position
the fish was caught, longitude and latitude if
possible, approximate weight and length of
fish, the more the better.
The tag can be returned to most fishing
shops that will be able to pass it on or phone
(02) 44247423 with the information or visit
online via www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recre-
The satellite tags are slightly different and
there is a huge amount of information con-
tained within the tag and can be downloaded
Once you identify that the fish has a satel-
lite tag in it, try to get the phone number and
call it while keeping the fish alive.
Often the fish might have only just been
tagged and if possible, it will be better to
The other possibility is the tag has served
its purpose and best kept and returned
rather than sent back out with the fish.
The best way to return these tags is to
contact the number on the tag.
Most of the time if it is an active tag they
will know the fish has been captured when
the trace of the tag shows up on the land
and not the water.
Apart from the information contained
within these tags, they can be worth as
much as $10,000 each and it is generally
much appreciated that they are returned
to be reused.
There have been very few opportunities
to fish this week with the weather only good
enough when most people were working.
There were a few lucky enough to be able
to fish when the windows of opportunity pre-
sented and some quality fish were caught.
The weekend bought out the land-based
anglers and several braved the conditions,
either standing on the jetties or beaches.
The results were mixed from land-based
spots and while several take home fish
were caught, a lot of undersize and non-
keepers were caught.
Boating was best if you were chasing
whiting this week and the numbers were
very good at times.
There were two types of whiting reports
this week, those who got good numbers
and those who got good size fish.
We had several reports from customers
who bagged out this week, mostly from the
Cowes/Rhyll areas, but the best of the whit-
ing in their bag was 34cm.
Those who fished on our side of the bay
didn’t manage the same numbers, but the
quality was far better with many of the
smaller fish above 34cm, the best 48cm
caught in between plenty of couta in Cleeland
The best area to fish for the whiting this
week depended on where the couta were.
Most headed down into Cleeland Bight, but
if they found many couta they headed up to
Dickies Bay and it would appear that’s exact-
ly what the whiting did.
There was the odd whiting caught amongst
the couta, but certainly not the same quantity.
There were also a lot of pike in the bight
this week with the couta and for those who
wanted to find them, they were found easy
enough trawling lures along the edge of the
The best of the calamari reports came from
kayak customers again this week and mostly
from the Cowes area, but they were nothing
too much to speak about.
We had a couple of reports from Corinella
again which is becoming better and better
and well worth throwing out a jig every time
you are fishing there.
The odd report came from San Remo jetty
and Cowes jetty with only a couple from Clee-
land Bight, with the couta taking more jigs
than calamari, making it an expensive day’s
Despite the very good reports over the last
month or so, there was only one report from
Rhyll jetty this week.
Newhaven jetty produced several trevally
over the weekend and the salmon reports, al-
though not by the hundreds, were consistent
during the week.
There were the usual reports of rays from
the jetty and a couple of draughtboard
The other reports were of mullet, yakka’s
and mackerel but not huge numbers of ei-
We had one report of a small pinkie and a
reasonable whiting from the Newhaven jetty
There are a few standing on the surf beach-
es now, which was a bit difficult over the
weekend with the southerly winds.
Those who persevered were rewarded with
some small to reasonable salmon from most of
the beaches, both on the island and at Kilcunda.
Most of the salmon reports came from
those using baits, Bluebait with a couple
The problem was with the wind direction
casting lures was made difficult which was
probably the main reason for the reports.
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High tide is marked in bold
4.06am 11.04am 4.27pm 11.04pm
1.42m 0.79m 1.4m
5.05am 12.03pm 5.33pm 11.53pm
0.54m 1.49m 0.78m 1.41m
5.54am 12.54pm 6.26pm
0.48m 1.57m 0.76m
12.36am 6.37am 1.36pm 7.09pm
1.43m 0.43m 1.63m 0.73m
1.15am 7.15am 2.12pm 7.46pm
1.45m 0.39m 1.67m 0.71m
1.50am 7.53am 2.45pm 8.23pm
1.47m 0.37m 1.7m
2.26am 8.29am 3.16pm 8.59pm
1.48m 0.37m 1.7m
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CLARKE House has es-
tablished a strong lead in
Newhaven College’s Junior
School House Cup by add-
ing the House Cross Country
shield to its Swimming and
Athletics wins this year.
McHaffie House finished in
second place, Bass was third
and Sambell came in fourth.
Wet and wild overnight
weather ensured a soggy
course and the tail end of the
annual Shearwater winds cre-
ated gusty and challenging con-
ditions for the little runners.
Fortunately, the rain held off
during the morning enabling
all students from Prep to Year
4 to tackle courses ranging in
distance from 500m to 2.7km.
Year 8 and 9 leaders were in-
strumental in the success of the
day. They volunteered as men-
tors with one student setting the
pace for each race, while anoth-
er encouraged those at the end
of the field so that every student
was able to finish their race.
The boy and girl age group
winners were: Prep - Miller
Micallef and Lucy Thompson,
Year 1 - Harvey Leary and Nel-
lie Fox, Under 8 - Levi Addi-
son and Olivia Holmes, Under
9 - Ayden Fawaz and Isabella
Muller, Under 10 - Benjamin
Chihotski and Lara Smyth.
Junior School Clarke House
Captains Sophia Hungerford
and Nathan Patch accepted
the winning shield on behalf of
their team mates.
They congratulated all of the
students for trying their best
and thanked PE teacher Ms
Marcelle Krieg, Head of Junior
School Mr Arceo, and the Year
8 and 9 leaders for contribut-
ing to a fun day.
A representative team will
now go on to compete in the
Division Cross Country Cham-
pionships on June 1.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
Trifecta for Clarke
Junior School Clarke House Captains Sophia Hungerford and Nathan Patch have become
accustomed to giving acceptance speeches, having led Clarke House to victory in the Swim-
ming, Athletics and now Cross Country Carnivals at Newhaven College.
In the closest finish of the day, Levi Addison (Bass House green) just caught Samuel
O’Garey (Clarke House yellow) on the finish line to take first place.
Heavy overnight rain created a fun water obstacle for Newhaven College’s Junior School
Cross Country athletes to negotiate. Some chose to splash while others preferred to soar.
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