Responsible fishing – fishing techniques

Responsible fishing

NSW Research Angler Program

      “On behalf of the NSW Research Angler Program, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for the donation of your frames to research, particularly the 1st place fish… The participation of keen and passionate recreational fishers like you is critical to the success of this program. The program is in turn providing us with vital biological data which we are able to use to monitor the health of important recreational fish stocks in NSW.  Should you catch and keep a …dusky flathead or tailor in the future, we will be similarly grateful if you could once again donate your frame to research.”  (Hayden Schilling | Tailor Scientist | Wild Fisheries Program, NSW Department of Primary Industries | Fisheries NSW)

We have invited Hayden to Greenback 2018, Looking forward to supporting the research.

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Fishing techniques

Fishing tackle: using tackle that maximises survival.

The Greenback Fishing competition supports an emphasis on encouraging fishing practices that improve released fish survival. A large proportion of fish captured in fishing events are undersized and must be released due to minimum legal length regulations. It is responsible practice to ensure that all fish released have a good chance of survival. The use of appropriate fishing tackle will help to achieve this objective.


Consider the use of barbless hooks, single hooks and circle hooks (non-offset preferred) to make hook removal easier and minimise the damage caused to fish.
Research has identified that hooking location is one of the most important factors in the survival of released fish. Circle hooks and lures reduce deep hooking and barbless hooks simplify hook removal.

Landing net:

Consider the use of knotless mesh landing nets to minimise the physical damage caused to scales, skin, eyes and fins of landed fish.


QLD/NSW Tailor 2008 report