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It’s difficult in this age of information
overload and multi-channel outlets
to keep abreast of new fishing
regulations. There can be changes to
bag and size limits, gear restrictions,
aquatic reserves, and then weather
conditions to consider before you cast
Realising that anglers want this
kind of information in one resource at
their fingertips, NSW DPI recently did
something very decent and released a
new free FishSmart NSW app to keep
us all up to speed.
I recommend you download the FishSmart App and place it
alongside the excellent free MarineRescue App, and the new BOM
app, to create your own smartphone boating and fishing resource.
The new FishSmart NSW app gives 24/7 access to the latest
information on the rules and regulations, weather, even where
and how to fish. The state bag and size limits and spearfishing
information are included with pictorial species’ guides, fishing
safety tips, and the resources to help report illegal fishing.
Funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust, the FishSmart app
also includes the location of FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices),
artificial reefs and Recreational Fishing Areas including real time
maps of Marine Parks across NSW. There is a disclaimer about
using the maps in a legal sense, however.
You also get weather, tides, moon phases, barometric
pressure and other key fishing data. The FishSmart NSW app is
available on iTunes and through android and Google Play. For
more information visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. Get on it.
Meantime, the Bureau of Meteorology has just released a new
BOM Weather app to give smartphone users current temperature,
wind and humidity and the chances of rain throughout the day,
for any location in Australia.
Rather than switch between apps, this new all-in-one also
provides the latest images from the rain radar, current weather
Little Manly: The boat ramp is the hub, though Little Manly
is perfectly accessible from a tender via a well-anchored boat
in the abovementioned beaches. As the café stays open late in
summer, and has a dinner menu (bookings only), you can make
a meal of it. There’s great swimming for kids in the pool, while
the fishing around Manly Point can be excellent. Troll minnow
lures in a loop from Quarantine to Manly and Dobroyd for tailor,
salmon, small kingfish and bonito at dawn.
Manly Cove: The five public moorings alongside Manly
Wharf reinforce the value of this safe anchorage, coveted during
northeast winds, and buzzing on hot summer nights. While it’s
a great place to splash about with the family, the big attraction
is dinner by tender at Hugos or the Bavarian Bier Café while
overlooking your boat. A great place to provision your boat from
the supermarkets including Aldi on the wharf. Keep a weather
eye out for southerly busters. At night, things get a tad rocking
with the ferries, too.
Fairlight: You don’t see a lot of big boats anchoring off
Delwood Beach or Fairlight, due in part to the rocky shoreline
and reefy bottom. But it’s great diving. As it’s not in the North
Harbour Aquatic Reserve (yet), you can lay properly marked
lobster pots (one per person) and catch crays after an overnight
set. Yes, you heard that right. The fishing for calamari is great
around the kelp, too.
Reef Beach: If a southerly
comes ripping into North
Harbour, weigh anchor or drop
the mooring and motor across to
Reef Beach, where you can find
shelter from Dobroyd Headland.
There’s fine swimming and diving
around the rocky fringes. The
anchorage itself is pretty rocky,
but it’s a useful alternative when all other options are packed
and that northeast wind isn’t whistling in for a change. h
with David Lockwood
at Manly Cove.
North Harbour’s Reef Beach.
Three essential boating
and fishing apps
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