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Should recreational nets be banned?

An opinion piece with Mike Stevens
Many Tasmanian fishermen remember how easy it was to catch a feed of fish back in the day. Parents cherished teaching their children how to fish and took pride in Tasmania’s fisheries. But things have changed, and our fisheries just aren’t what they used to be. Bag limits are tightening and size restrictions are getting stricter. Phasing out recreational gillnets need to be part of this effort to bring our fish back because they simply don’t allow the ‘limit your catch, don’t catch your limit’ approach required to look after our fish stocks in today’s times. 
Fishing favourites Bastard Trumpeter, Blue Warehou and Banded Morwong, are all at historic lows and are vulnerable to gillnetting. Over one third of all fish caught using gillnets is thrown away – wasted. In the case of Banded Morwong and some sharks, around 90% are discarded. These are fish that need to be growing into breeders. 

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Kids Stuff  - knots

by Michael Bok

In fishing one of the most important things that you can learn is to tie a good knot.

There is nothing worse than tying a hook, swivel, lure or what ever onto a line only to have it break of when you hook that big fish. When you tie your knots always wet the knot before tightening as this creates a lubricant that prevents the line from cutting into itself - and tighten them slowly.

To practice your knots, try tying them with old flyline, its thicker and easier or find some thicker line. The more you practise, the easier knots are to tie. You should get to a stage where you can tie a good knot in very poor light.

Locked Blood Knot
One of the most useful knots is the locked blood knot. This can be used to join line to hooks, swivels and other tackle. Simply thread the line through the hook or swivel, go around the line six times (more on very thin line - less than thick line), thread the line back through the gap above the hook eye and then back through the loop to lock it off.

Dropper Loop
Another useful knot to know how to tie is the dropper loop. This can be used to make up a Paternoster rig. This rig is useful for bottom fishing and for surf fishing.

Palomar Knot
The Palomar knot is easy to tie and useful for attaching hooks and swivels. This is also a great knot for using with spiderwire.

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