Rock fishing

Rock fishing

Don't put your life on the line

Rock fishing is probably the most dangerous sport in Australia. Every year a disproportionate number of people are killed when rock fishing in NSW.

Whenever you are on coastal rocks where waves can sweep you into the water, you should follow the same Rock fishing safety tips to keep safe. This includes if you are collecting abalone, oysters or other molluscs off the rocks.

What do I need to remember when rock fishing?

If you want to rock fish, you should learn how to minimise the risks.

  • Choose the safest possible location
  • Stay alert to the weather conditions
  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
  • Never fish alone

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Do I need a recreational fishing licence?

When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. This applies when spear fishing, hand lining, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters.You can pay the licence fee at hundreds of local agents (bait and tackle shops, caravan parks, general stores and service stations); on the internet at www.licence.nsw.gov.au or by phoning 1300 369 365.

Brochures, videos and translated information

Safefishing.com.au has a range of brochures, videos and translated information on rock fishing, freshwater fishing and fishing underwater.

Translations are available in Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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