Rock Fishing

Rock fishing is a wonderful sport that is attracting more and more people every year. For many of us who have lived around costal areas and it is a sport that has been passed down to us from our elders. There is nothing better then spending a sunny weekend with your mates or family catching dinner or just enjoying the fun in the sun, but rock fishing claims more lives annually then any other recreational sport in the southern hemisphere.

We are all awear of procedures in our own work environment and we need to adopt this attitude towards fishing. Basic check list will keep you safe and give you a lifetime of happy stories for your generations to follow.

Here are some basic rules:

Planning The Trip

Before you even think about going anywhere go online and check the surf conditions. Fish only in places you know are safe and never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas. If it’s big give it a miss especially if your desired location is far from your home. Many deaths happen because fishermen that travel distance to a location feel compelled to fish as they have driven for some time or have already purchased bait. Spend 5 minutes on the internet or call the bureau of meteorology and get the facts. Listen to weather forecasts or call the weather information line on 1900 937 107 In order to minimise the risks with rock and ledge fishing it is recommended that you fish with others and never alone!

• Inform Someone Of Your Trip
Make sure your inform others of your plans. Always let friends or family know where you are going and when you will be plan on coming back.

• The Tackle Bag
You wouldn't go fishing with out your reel and rod and that is the attitude we need to have towards some other just as important items.

• Sun cream, water and food. Sun cancer is a killer and proper clothing or sun creams should always be packed in the tackle box. Food and water will keep you hydrated and focused all day long.

• Rope and bucket - Fishermen should always carry these 2 items. Rope can be used to help if some goes in and when you buy a bucket make sure you get the lid! More then 90% of fisherman never have a lid and this drives me crazy. A bucket with a lid will float and can be thrown out to someone if they fall in.

• Clothing - Wear lightweight clothing, such as shorts and a spray jacket so that if you are swept off the rocks or ledge, you have some buoyancy and your clothes don’t drag you down. Jumpers, especially woollen ones are great for shielding you from the wind and keeping you warm, however they can be heavy and difficult to take off if you are swept into the water. Costal spots are slippery, slimy, un even and often injuries occur on sharp rocks or submerged cravses. Proper shoes are required and our Griprox is best product for this application.
We have spent thousands of hours on the stones to develop this cleat and we believe you will not find a more durable non-slip product on the market. If your not a strong swimmer of fish alone or at night use a life jacket.

• Walking to the site - Many fishing spots are often hard to access, cliff climbs, long walks, rock hopping, tides access what ever make sure you and your group are fit and capable of the journey ahead. If you can see the spot from the top watch the ocean for at least 25 minutes and take note of the swell direction, wave count and even if its is flat and safe discuss a emergency plan with your group. Every rescue has thousands of hours preparation how will you react with no planning?

• Setting Up - When you get down to your location recap the exist strategy you talked about, this will take less then 1 minute of your time but ensures safety. Weather conditions can change quickly so you should watch the surf once again to make sure it is still safe. Wave conditions can get worse as the tide changes - you should know whether the tides are high or low and coming in or going out.

• Fishing - Never turn your back to the surf because at any time a freak wave or swell can wash you and everything else off the ledge. If waves come up and onto the ledge stand on 1 foot. This technique puts more weight on the ground and makes you stream line to the waves.

• Emergency - If you do find yourself in trouble try to stay calm and if in the water, try to swim away from the rocks. Take a few deep breaths and calm down, look for a safer place to come ashore or if fishing with others stay afloat and let them give you instructions (which is why planning a exist strategy is essential).

Do not jump in if someone is washed into the water. Use your rope or something that floats to rescue that person. If there's an Angel Ring nearby throw it to the person in trouble.



Dial 112 on your mobile phone to get help.

For more information visit safefishing.com.au