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#1 nala

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 02:55 PM

Gday all.

I have a query on drop nets so I thought I'd throw it to the Squidfish community and try to get the low down.

I use a drop net, a hoop style net on a rope, that you drop over the side of a pier or other high place to get to the water to claim your catch. I am quite sure that it is legal to use these type of nets in this way in Victoria.

But, when at Flinders on Monday (ANZAC public holiday), I saw 2 guys using this type of net with bait in the bottom to catch fish. Over about an hour, while I watched these guys would drop the net, let it sit for 10 mins or so and then haul it up as quick as they could. Often with fish in the net. Leather jackets, grass whiting etc. One of the guys asked me what my problem was when he saw me watching him, which led me to think perhaps this way of fishing is not legal in VIC. I was just curious as these two guys were landing 10 to 1 over anyone else. Looked like a quick way to get a decent catch. But it also looked a bit suss.

So, does any body know the rules when it comes to drop nets and what you can use them for?

Thanks in advance,
nala
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#2 masejess33

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 05:57 PM

I think what your describing is a hoop net?

as far as i know you can use them any times other than september till december i think!!!!!!!
have a look on the fisheries website
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#3 pisces_australis

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:29 PM

We used to use these for red spot crabs ...........as far as i know you can operate two of these per person but what you bring up in them maybe another regulation.
But there are regulations in the size and style of hoops and net size.

check here......... http://www.dpi.vic.g...1_Equipment.pdf
If it doesnt open copy it into a google browser....its a pdf file and may cause a few download probs.
cheers ian :rolleyes:

Edited by pisces_australis, 27 April 2010 - 06:41 PM.

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Cheers Ian
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#4 nala

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:48 PM

Thanks masejess33 and pisces_australis,

I will check that link you posted pisces.

Even if it is legal I think I will stick to rods and tackle regardless.

Thanks again,

nala
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:50 PM

nets are great for crabs and bait fish but seriously if you cant use a rod to catch a fish and you have to use a net you belong in a trout farm
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#6 nala

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:53 PM

Just checked that link pisces, awesome, exactly what I was looking for.

cheers,
nala
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