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Thursday 12th of November 2020
#74 :   Queensland Fishing Boom
Author  Meade Murphy

When the Federal Government closed the international borders for the 3 million recreational fishermen in Australia, it became apparent what would happen. With my overseas trip in May cancelled, I too like many, bought a camper trailer to do a Queensland fishing road trip. I've fished 1770, Agnes Waters, Elliot Heads & Rainbow Beach September and October. I also did Lady Musgrave Island and flew to Lady Elliot Island to do a barrier reef trip. I have never seen the caravan parks so full of recreational fishermen ! They were all complaining about how hard it was to get a van site because a lot of the national park sites were either closed or on a limited number. Because of Covid 19 not one single recreational fishermen wanted the borders open as there is not enough sites for the 600,000 Queensland recreational fishermen let alone interstate fishermen.

I knew even before the Premier delivered her victory speech at S.Q.A.F.C.A's iconic Blue Fin's Fishing Club, that she was a sure thing. This week, Queensland's Chief Health Officer, who not only kept us safe but kept us still fishing during the pandemic, is talking about opening up the borders before Christmas due to near zero Covid 19 cases interstate. As Queensland has best managed fishery in Australia if not the world combined with the Great Barrier Reef, I expect large numbers of interstate fishermen to enter Queensland. If the borders open up the state government will have to open all national park campsites or we will have trouble going away for a break. The best news is that I found a massive bait shop in Rainbow Beach called Gardiner Fisheries that can supply you with live worms etc for any trip up north you may do. Remember due to white spot disease we cannot take live bait north of Caloundra.

I wish all S.Q.A.F.C.A fishermen and all our social members from our clubhouses a Merry Christmas and safe travels over the Christmas break - Catch plenty of fish !!!

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 22nd of October 2020
#73 :   RODGOD
Author  Meade Murphy

Last year as judge on the A.R.B. Fishing Classic, I met two young blokes from Rainbow Beach who created a fishing product called the Rodgod. As judge, not being able to fish the competition myself, my partner Leanne drove around the island to see a number of fishermen using this product and raving about the Rodgod.

My partner Leanne bought me a Rodgod for Father's Day, and due to the bush fire on Moreton Island at the end of last year, I didn't get to use it until the 3rd round of the Light Gear in March. I couldn't believe how good this product is as I caught 30 dart, 9 whiting and 4 bream with a total of 43 fish in the competition. Our competition is a two rod trip - I had my 4144 dart rod out wide to the right and throwing my 3126 whiting rod in short to the left. What amazed me, that standing behind this product watching my glow tips on my rod, not only didn't I get any tangles from the two rods, I was hardly missing any fish! I took this as first being lucky, but then I took it to the 2nd round of the Open Beach in August on Moreton Island. I caught 30 whiting and 5 bream - total of 35 fish with no tangles. For 30 odd years I ran between 2 rods in 2 rod holders wearing a wading bag and a bait bucket often missing fish. This would make me very annoyed, not to mention being tired by morning. Now I just take my Rodgod, a bucket, my rods and bait. Now I'm also trophy officer of Redcliffe City Amature Anglers, these Rodgods at the average price of $100.00 each is a great prize for all S.Q.A.F.C.A clubs for such prizes as heaviest fish. They are also a great birthday present or Christmas present. Click on the above link and check them out for yourself.

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 1st of October 2020
#72 :   ARB Caboolture to Fit Out Our 4WD's
Author  Meade Murphy

When Covid-19 put South East Queensland into lock down in March 6 months ago, most of our members pulled back from spending money on all their "boy toys". Then after the lock down, our tradies started to experience a surge in home renovations, building maintenance and restoration to everyone's amazement. Then the Federal Government offered business a $150,000 tax write off until 30th June to encourage business to spend money to boost a flagging economy. Most of our members didn't take up this government proposal as they had a average June quarter. Then the government extended this proposal until 31st December 2020 and with our tradies experiencing a boom in work for the September quarter a lot more are taking up this Federal Government proposal.

What we are experiencing now is the greatest S.Q.A.F.C.A 4WD fleet upgrade in S.Q.A.F.C.A's 60 year history. We are also seeing this with our tenants that rent our S.Q.A.F.C.A club houses on Moreton Island. Just in my club, R.C.A.A., we have 4 new 4WD'S in the last 10 days.

So, now who do we turn to to deck out our new 4WD's with bull bars, snorkels, lift kits etc ? Our mate Roger Vickery from A.R.B. Caboolture ! Some of you that managed to take a week off to fish the A.R.B. Moreton Island Classic would have met Roger who at the time was State Manager. Roger and A.R.B. have always been there to upgrade our massive fleet of 4WD's and also sponsor our 1st round of the Light Gear Titles at Bribie Island in September. I was in the A.R.B. Caboolture store on Tuesday and what an amazing array of goods available for all 4WD and camping enthusiasts. I even purchased a fire extinguisher for my boat and new sand pegs for my camper trailer. I know where I'm doing my Christmas shopping this year ! So drop in and have a look for yourselves.

Best Regards
Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 16th of July 2020
#71 :   No Fanning of Tails
Author  Meade Murphy

For 60 years S.Q.A.F.C.A has fanned the tails of fish to get the full length of the fish to deem the fish legal or undersized. Last year the penalty was increased from 25 points to 80 points if the fish caught was deemed undersized

This method of measuring fish is NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE by Fisheries to all S.Q.A.F.C.A & Q.A.F.C.A. Clubs throughout Queensland. All members must lay the fish on the measuring stick and the tail must be over the legal length with the tail as it swims to be legal. The trouble with this method is that all the recreational fishermen/women cannot measure a dart on a commercial Alvery measuring stick. We would have to have a stick 120mm wide to do so or take a set square to put on the Alvery measuring stick. It is obvious the Fisheries Queensland didn't consider this when they implemented this legislation, otherwise they would have implemented legislation similar to the American's - to measure all fish at the fork of their tail.

It would be wise this weekend to release all bream under 26cm fanned and all whiting under 24cm fanned on capture. This will ensure that you will not be breaking any laws and you will not be penalised 50 points as we won't be fanning any tails to measure any fish.

Best Regards
Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 26th of March 2020
#69 :   Covid-19: Competitions & Meetings
Author  Meade Murphy

Based on the current situation in regards to the Covid19 Virus, all SQAFCA competitions and meetings are suspended until further notice.

The following aspects need to be considered.

Travel for non-essential purposes.
The Federal Government has banned Social sporting-based activities.
Social distancing measures.
Our duty of care to our fellow members.
QAFCA have rescheduled the AAA’s to 2021.
Blue Fin have already suspended all scheduled club fishing, including SQAFCA competitions.
Redcliffe City have indicated they will be suspending their competition.
Virginia Nundah have indicated the same.
I have been advised that the Micat have suspended passenger trips to Moreton Island.

In addition, all State Parks are closed effective immediately until 30th April 2020 or advised otherwise

Please inform your members accordingly.

All clubs need to give careful consideration to their own operations going forward.
In the meantime stay safe and let’s hope for an early return to normality.
Best Regards
Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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