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An example of snagged fishing gear retrieved from a lobster pot

An example of snagged fishing gear recovered from a lobster pot

Thursday 27 April 2017

Snagged fishing gear creates potential hazard

​Recreational fishers are urged to post a warning if they snag their fishing gear on rock lobster pots.

Many fishers may not realise the dangers created by snagged gear − the impact of a heavy sinker coming through a rock lobster pot winch could potentially be fatal.

Heavy sinkers and fishing hooks accidentally caught up on lobster pots can become a safety hazard when the pot is retrieved, particularly when pulled up on a high-speed winch.

Should your fishing tackle become snagged on a rock lobster pot, take a minute to warn rock lobster fishers of the hidden hazard by simply tying a tag or a rag  to the pot float line, or tying the pot’s floats together.

See the Recfishwest website for more information on rock lobster fishing etiquette and safety.

To minimise the risks of snagging your gear at all, avoid using pot-lines as an ‘anchor’ for your boat, or fishing over lobster pots.


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