Dissapointment at the river today

 Went down to the river today with the kids, while down there this chap turns up with a bucket, and in that bucket was a cast net. I sat back and watched, then walked down on his 1st cast to ask " Is it legal to use cast nets in the river these days ?" knowing it isn't.

And this was the reply to justify useing a cast net. " I've been fishing in the river since I was a kid, and I put back all the undersize black bream, when all those asians keep everything."

He was after live bait for mullaway ie small mullett.

Wow, I was thinking, he's clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed, and dissapointed at his comments

This chap was mid 20's at a guess, but could clearly see him shaking and getting flustered as I was standing next to him. There were no abusive comments passed between each other, stabbings or shootings etc on this occassion 

He was in and out within 10 mins, thankfully with an empty bucket.

One day the law will catch up with him




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 good onya for making him

Sat, 2012-02-25 18:57

 good onya for making him feel uncomfortable. good part about it, you did nothing wrong. only prob is he will be back another day and another time


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He's got guts using it in

Sat, 2012-02-25 19:42

He's got guts using it in front of other fishos. Typical trying to justify it in his own mind, should've walked off and made a phone call, that woulda made him real nervous haha.

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fishos everywhere

Sat, 2012-02-25 20:03

 being Swanfish comp on


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Sat, 2012-02-25 22:30

Can someone explain why you can drag a prawn net and catch allsorts of small fish and you can use a throw net up north to catch bait but not use one here sure there must be a reason does anyone know

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I think basically people

Sat, 2012-02-25 22:50

I think basically people would really abuse the privelege of being able to catch a few mullet for bait, perth having a far bigger population than the areas up north where throw netting is allowed

Also probably different bait fish populations. Most would adhere to rules and regs but as usual a select few would abuse it.

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Sun, 2012-02-26 20:01

The main difference between the drag net and throw net is speed, with the drag net you work it at walking pace and most fish can swim out as the net approaches while the throw net is dropped from above and quickly sinks trapping the fish before they have a chance to swim clear.

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Well, that and you can't use

Mon, 2012-02-27 07:56

Well, that and you can't use a drag net in the river or mandurah estuary these days either.


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 Really? didnt know that,

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:54

 Really? didnt know that, still see people doing it quite often.

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Prawn Drag Netting

Tue, 2012-02-28 06:56

Not sure if that is correct, Peel inlet definately closed, but from the westcoast guide it appears the swan is open.


Swan and Canning Rivers – Closed to prawn hand trawls from
1 August to 31 October.
Murray and Serpentine Rivers, Yunderup Canals – Closed to
prawning 1 July to 30 November.'

'Fishing for prawns
(FRMR Part 4, Division 6, Reg.39)
You may only catch prawns by the following methods:
• Single hand dip net or single hand scoop net.
• Single prawn hand-trawl (drag) net. Nets must not be more
than four metres long with a mesh of not less than 16 mm,
and must not be attached to a boat or set.
Areas closed to prawn hand-trawls
(FRMR Part 4A, Division 3, Reg 64NA)
You may not use or leave unattended a prawn hand trawl net in:
• the Harvey Estuary and its tributaries;
• the Peel inlet and its tributaries;
• the Channel Entrance to the Peel Inlet;
• the Dawesville Cut;
A berried crab displays its clusters of
yellow eggs.
Fish for the future UNDERSTANDING THE RULES 25
• the Leschenault Estuary;
• the Swan River within 100 metres of any part of the Pelican
Point Nature Reserve; or within 100 metres of the Milyu
Nature Reserve.'

Seems like its open to me? Im going to call fisheries today to ask cause I want to be clear.  Just dont take any crabs you catch in a prawn net.

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Ahh its open, just not where

Tue, 2012-02-28 07:24

Ahh its open, just not where I used to go when I was a kid, or Mandurah, or certain times of the year.


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Saw the same thing (possibly

Sun, 2012-02-26 06:03

Saw the same thing (possibly same guy) at Point Reserve (Helena river mouth) yesterday. Guy was in a dark (blue I think) 4x4, think it was a hilux from memory. He went onto the jetty opposite me (2 jetties side by side) & started chucking his net. I just stopped fishing, stared at him & then made sure he saw me snap a couple of photos of him on my phone. He buggered off real quick once I did that before I had a chance to wander over to the carpark & get a photo of his car. If I see him again I'm making a beeline straight for his car & sending the photos in to fisheries. Nothing worse than a prick that knows they are doing the wrong thing but goes ahead & does it anyway.

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Should take the pics in

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:26

Should take the pics in anyway, he may already be in the system or something, or if someone else does then they can get him for both

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Throw Nets

Mon, 2012-02-27 13:42

I think that you will find that throw netting is allowed down south.Although the Swan is defo out of bounds.I have just read the Rec fishing guide to net fishing and if you look on page 13 it gives you where and when you can net.There is no rule that states that throw netting isnt allowed in the West or South coast regions. I have used set nets and throw nets and personally i think the throw net is a better option as you get to see your catch before you throw the net in, other words you can be more selective in what you want to catch.


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 Shouldn't really be much

Mon, 2012-02-27 23:43


Shouldn't really be much guess work going on with the rules regarding netting. Fisheries has a pretty comprehensive guide to the rules covering all areas of WA:
e.g. from above link
"It should be noted that all waters of the Swan and Canning Rivers are closed to recreational netting (including throw netting) at all times."
"North Mole Boat Harbour All waters inside the harbour and within 200 m of the harbour wall are closed to recreational netting at all times."