Guest post, Stuff we've learnt, Sustainability

Guest interview: Matt Rees from Fishthinkers

Welcome to the first of hopefully many posts where we interview our peers, including fellow anglers, fishery scientists (0ften 0ne and the same) and other personalities involved in fishing about their backgrounds, research and perspectives on recreational fishing. Our first installment is from Matt Rees from www.fishthinkers.wordpress.com. I can’t thank Matt enough! Hope you enjoy the read as much as…

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Beach, Estuary, Sustainability, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

The best estuary fishing spots in south-east New South Wales

As keen anglers we are frequently asked for advice on where to go to find a decent coastal fishing spot within 2-3 hours drive from Canberra. As many of you will know, it’s both an easy and a difficult question to answer, because pretty much any beach, rock formation, estuary or coastal river will produce good (or terrible) fishing at…

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Fishing stories, Fly & Tenkara, Freshwater, Stuff we've learnt, Sustainability, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Catch and release: a little perspective goes a long way

The catch and release movement has grown considerably over the last few decades. Initiative like #keepemwet and others have done incredibly well at building strong support for catch and release in some parts of the fishing community. Social media has helped spread the message, driving a strong commitment to catch and release amongst many angling communities. Which is great! The fishing…

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Fishing stories, Fly & Tenkara, Freshwater, Native, Sustainability, Trout

What is the future of the Howqua river?

I spent last weekend camping on the Howqua river at Sheepyards flat. It wasn’t a fishing trip. It was a camping, hanging by the river, hanging out with the kids, making new friends trip. The days were filled with swimming, throwing stones into the river, watching horses, grilling meats over an open fire, drinking cold mid-strength beer during the day…

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Stuff we've learnt, Sustainability

Is the social acceptability of recreational fishing being eroded?

Recreational fishing remains a popular pastime the world over. One of the great things about recreational fishing is its accessibility; you don’t need much gear, there are lots of places to do it, and it can appeal to a wide range of skill levels. But recent surveys have shown that participation rates in recreational fishing are decreasing. Current estimates are…

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Estuary, Freshwater, Native, Sustainability

Why Mulloway fishermen should care about freshwater inflows.

I’ve written before about how important great habitat is if we want great fisheries. I strongly believe that as fishers, being custodians for the environments we spend so much time enjoying is vital. One area that is sometimes overlooked is the importance of freshwater inflows for the health and vitality of our estuary fisheries. This is especially important on regulated…

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Freshwater, Native, Sustainability

Catch and release is great but… its means nothing if we don’t have habitat

It is truly great to see large portions of the recreational fishing community really getting behind catch and release… From the early days of Rex Hunt kissing fish and letting them go while chanting yibbida-yibbida to the continued support of the movement by fishing personalities since, guys like Steve Starling, Bushy, Rod Paxevanous and the like, the catch and release…

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Freshwater, Stuff we've learnt, Sustainability

A deeper look at “wild” places (and is stocking threatened native fish outside their range a good idea?)

  By complete coincidence, me and Graz unknowingly both wrote drafts about a similar topic. You can read Graz’s piece about the “Natural trout stream paradox” here. This piece touches on similar topics, however its not about trout and takes a far broader brush to the issue (and is way longer- if you want punchy read Graz’s piece). Conservation strategies,…

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