TO HELP make the popular pastime of recreational fishing even better in Victoria, anglers and divers are being encouraged to complete an online survey to provide feedback on a range of topics.
Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO, Travis Dowling, said the survey would gather information about how often people fish, what species they target, their favourite fishing waters and their opinions on a range of matters, including some size and bag limits.
“Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for one of 30 spinning reels valued at $239 each,” Mr Dowling said.
“The survey delivers on a commitment of the State Government’s Target One Million plan, which is investing $46 million including $9 million from recreational fishing licence fees, to get more people fishing, more often.
“We are encouraging everyone to get online and complete the survey so we can better understand their views, invest in the right areas and make more informed choices about improving recreational fishing opportunities across the state.
“The Victorian Fisheries Authority has engaged the Australian Survey Research (ASR) to conduct the survey on their behalf.
“ASR is very experienced in the field and has completed similar work in the past for fisheries agencies in Victoria and New South Wales.
“Victorians who purchased a Victorian fishing licence online in the last five years have been emailed a personal invitation to the survey. If an email has not been received, simply open an internet browser and enter www.fishsurvey.com.au
“The survey will also be available to people exempt from a fishing licence and be promoted via Fisheries’ social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.”
The survey is open to April 23.
Community support for Rose Lodge fishing trip
ROSE Lodge Aged Care residents went on their ninth annual fishing trip to the Tarwin River last week, which was organised by local community members.
Ian Kent and Ed Thompson, both members of Wonthaggi Angling Club, provided the freshly caught Bass yabbies, fishing rods and tackle and then baited everyone’s lines (thank goodness!).
The morning delivered lots of bites and it was Ed who reeled in the first Silver Trevally.
Ralf Heusserer was having a great time down near the boat ramp with Ian catching some very nice toadies!
Finally, just as anglers were pulling the rods in, Ron Churchill caught a silver trevally.
With no end to Ed’s talents, he quickly filleted the fish and cooked it in lettuce leaves, onion and capsicum on the barbecue.
Everyone commented how lovely the fish was.
All in all, “a bad day’s fishing beats a good day at work”, the volunteers said.
“We just love to see the smiles on everyone’s face.”