Fishos get stern warning over hook
AUTHORITIES have warned fishers the cruel form of their sport known as jagging or ‘foul hooking’ will not be tolerated on the Mid North Coast.
NSW Fisheries officers have been instructed to issue hefty on the spot fines for anyone caught using the illegal fishing method.
Industry & Investment Fisheries Compliance director Glenn Tritton said there had been reports of fish jagging between South West Rocks and Tweed Heads.
“Fish jagging is an illegal activity used by unscrupulous fishers where by a treble hook and weight are retrieved with a jerking action in an effort to foul hook a fish from a dense school,” Mr Tritton said.
“This method is prohibited in NSW as it can cause substantial injuries to fish that are not actually captured.
“Fish jagging is also extremely dangerous to people on the rock walls or other locations, as often the hook and weight end up hurtling out of the water with great force back towards the fisher and any bystanders,” he said.
Hooking or attempting to hook a fish other than through the mouth is called jagging or foul hooking and is prohibited in NSW.
“This not only causes unnecessary suffering to fish that are jagged, but the hook rips through the entire school and can harm a significant number of fish with each cast.
“Fisheries officers will be patrolling known hot spots for jagging and will not hesitate to issue on the spot fines for anyone found breaking the rules.
“Offenders are also liable for their catch and gear to be seized, as well as having to answer charges in court for serious offences,” he said.