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For the love of cod
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I FEEL it’s time South Australia followed
the example of other states and introduced a
recreational fishing licence – in the hope it
will improve my odds of catching a Murray
Since moving to the Riverland, I’ve
enjoyed hearing boastful stories about rare
cod catches, admired the framed monsters on
a few walls of local businesses, and become
hooked on this Murray River legend.
Armed with my hot pink rod and shrimp
for bait, my partner Trav and I took our boat
out recently – during open season – in an
attempt to catch a ‘whale of the Murray’.
Since taking up fishing, I’ve caught a few
callop (perch), lured redfin and on one occa-
sion hooked a catfish, before returning it back
to the river.
However, on this particular occasion our
bells were only ringing for the despised carp
species that plague our inland river systems.
Carp are unfortunately prolific breeders,
their bottom-feeding habits disturb vegetation
and did I mention that they’re ugly and they
During our fish, I was quickly becom-
ing impatient and decided to take a break in
search of snacks, leaving my line down just
in case. As I was absent from my post on my
quest to find cheese, Gary the nosy pelican
(who I had named earlier in the day) floated
past and my rod began to tremble. Was this
my long-awaited, almighty cod? Stay tuned.
During an interview
with keen fisher and
Barmera man Kym
Manning last week,
we discussed the ben-
efits that an SA fish-
ing licence may bring
Like in eastern
states, revenue raised
from the licence
could fund restocking
programs and in turn
attract a higher number
of anglers to the region.
Kym’s new ‘fish hotel’ project will help
Murray cod by acting as a source of habitat,
however he said the chances of survival for
newly released fingerlings were slim.
He said people should be willing to pay to
do what they love – like the costs associated
with playing local sport.
The licence debate has been a hot topic
recently and from my understanding, the
majority of fresh-water fishers wish to see
it enforced. Would a Riverland fishing trust
allow for voluntary donations? Would people
be willing to donate and protect the future of
the Riverland’s fishery if it isn’t compulsory
Anyway, back on the boat, and I’ve got
what I assume is a cod on my rod, which is
about to snap.
I wait for it to tire and then, with all my
strength, reel in my line to find... a log tan-
gled in my fishing wire.
That’s what you get for fishing without a
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THREE men were caught
illegally fishing along the
local stretch of the River
Murray last month, thanks
in part to public tip-offs.
PIRSA fisheries officers
initiated patrols between
Blanchetown and Renmark
from June 12-17 following
tip-offs from the public to
the Fishwatch hotline.
During the patrols, offi-
cers in Blanchetown detect-
ed a large illegal fish trap,
busted an Adelaide man for
possessing the protected
silver perch species, and
cautioned another Adelaide
man for using an excess
number of rods.
Officers also caught a
Truro man allegedly in pos-
session of 39 golden perch
(callop), nearly eight times
the legal maximum daily
bag limit of five, during
an inspection near Lock 4,
between Loxton and Berri.
The spate of illegal inci-
dents has prompted Minister
for Primary Industries and
Tim Whetstone to remind
anglers to follow “the strict
rules in place to support our
“I would like to thank
those members of the public
who relayed their concerns
to Fishwatch about ille-
gal activities on the River
Murray which assisted fish-
eries officers to catch illegal
fishers red handed,” said Mr
“It is important to high-
light this type of illegal
behaviour along the River
Murray as I am sure the
public would be concerned
this is happening.
“Most recreational fishers
do the right thing because
they are passionate about
making sure our river and
fish stocks remain healthy.”
Mr Whetstone encour-
aged the public to contact
the Fishwatch hotline (1800
065 522) – open 24 hours
a day, seven days a week
when they see any sus-
picious or illegal fishing
Fishers can also access
information about bag
and size limits, protected
species and closures by
downloading the free SA
Recreational Fishing Guide
...with Sara Gilligan
An angler’s illegal haul of 39 golden perch near Lock 4 prompted action from PIRSA
fisheries. PHOTOS: supplied
This illegal fish trap was
found near Blanchetown.
Waikerie ferry interruption
THE Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
has advised of a temporary interruption
to the Waikerie ferry service this Friday,
from 10am until 11.30am, weather
This disruption is due to DPTI undertak-
ing scheduled maintenance.
l Sara Gilligan
with a catfish.
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