Is a fishing licence required in SA and WA?

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I intend doing a bit of beach/rock fishing in various part of SA and WA on my forthcoming trip. Do I need a fishing licence in these states to fish in the ocean like I have to have in NSW?

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Pete
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Reply By: Member - Scoof (SA) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 12:41

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 12:41
Hi Pete,

You don't need a licence in SA yet.

Cheers . :-)
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Follow Up By: DIO - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 16:11

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 16:11
The answer for SA should be NO for ameteur fishing - for the foreseable future.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scoof (SA) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 17:08

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 17:08
Sorry inspector DIO
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 12:47

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 12:47
Can't speak for WA, but no licence required in South Australia.

The only thing to "worry about" is the bag limits of the different species, but mate, that would be a problem worth having eh?

You can pick up a free Recreational Fishing Guide and a Size, Bag & Boat Limits brochure from any fishing tackle shop in SA.

If you wish to read more info before you leave, check out PIRSA Fisheries


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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 13:01

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 13:01
Don't need one in West Aussie if your fishing in the ocean !!
Will need it in at least some of the inland rivers, I found out by 'accident' :-(

(ps; please bring some fish over with you - down south they are in short supply)

Maîneÿ . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 19:14

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 19:14
cause ya not fishin in the right spots Mainy!!!
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 13:46

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 13:46
Thanks for the advice everyone. I will check those links before I head off on 27 Jun.
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Reply By: Louie the fly (SA) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 14:53

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 14:53
Pete, in SA, make sure you have a proper measuring device and the Recreational Fishing Guide. I use a small (3m) tape measure. You can download the guide here.

www.fishsa.com is worth a look as well for some good info.

Louie
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 14:55

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 14:55
Thanks Louie...will check that out.
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Reply By: Flywest - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 18:31

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 18:31
In WA you only need a license for freshwater fishing trout & marron etc (but not redfin perch go figure!) and some netting of mullet.

There ARE saltwater licenses but ONLY for high value species including Lobster & Abalone etc.

Normal hook and line fishing in the saltwater doesn't attract any license, so essentially the answer is you ONLY need the described freshwater fishing licenses, or the high value saltwater species license.

Fisheries WA have an excellent web site describing the requirements in full.

They do have a single blanket recreational fishing license that coveres you for everything in WA but it's about $70/annum from memory.

Be VERY carefull, however about assisting any professional fishers in their task as a favour. I recall an incident where an elderly lady from NZ saw a pro netting salmon on a SW beach and walked up for a chat - she held onto one end of the net as he assisted his offsider with the other end on a particularly heavy haul of a large schhool of salmon.

She was seen by a rather over-zealous fisheries inspector, who charged her, with commercial netting without a license!

Luckily for her, she was here visiting her son - who just happened to be the Fisheries ministers (at the time) principle private secretary....and as a result - the Inspector re considered his actions and dropped all charges.

You might not be so lucky for just stopping to chat with a guy fishing.

You can never be too carefull with the fisheries insectors here in WA.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:48

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:48
hmm over-zealous = bleep
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 19:35

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 19:35
as said

NO and NO


one thing to watch out for is be carefull chucking a yabby net into the river if in the SW over here they call it marroning and the penalties are very high i hadnt been over too long and was camping at circular pool where i got a decent feed of "yabbies" it was only later i found i very likely had about 20 undersized marron and the penaltys not worth contemplating
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Reply By: PatrolSTL04 - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 21:49

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 21:49
Bag Limits

Nope....but should you be tempted to have a snorkel for Rock Lobster you will need a license.

Brett......
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Reply By: Member - Josh (VIC) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:33

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:33
We had good fishing in Port Lincoln national park and really good fishing at fowlers bay and scotts bay south of Ceduna. Both nice spots to visit and great fishing. While fishing Scotts bay a seal came in a slaughtered a school of salmon we were onto.Good to watch. Enjoy your fishing.

Josh
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