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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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Thursday 5th of March 2020
#67 :   ARB Sponsor for the 1st Round Surf Title
Author  Meade Murphy

Great news!

Australian leading 4WD accessories supplier A.R.B. is sponsoring the 1st round of the S.Q.A.F.C.A. Surf Titles now called the Open Beach 2020 Titles. A.R.B. has been supplying all the “bells and whistles” for not only S.Q.A.F.C.A’s large fleet of 4WDs, but for all our tenants that rent our 5 club houses on Moreton Island. Now, if you want a 4WD accessory, just click on the link and go straight to the A.R.B. website.( https://www.arb.com.au/ ) .

This weekend is the 3rd round of the S.Q.A.F.C.A Light Gear Titles on Moreton Island. There are 89 members and 11 visitors competing this weekend. Assembly and briefing will be approximately midday Saturday at the R.C.A.A. clubhouse. With 38 4WD members on the Saturday morning barge, you will be better off parking on the beach in front of the R.C.A.A. and V.N.F.C.A clubhouses and walk up to the briefing. There will be nomination prizes and raffles to be drawn at the briefing and a sausage sizzle after the weigh-in Sunday morning. And luck is with us......we have managed to get our hands on 24 rolls of toilet paper – so you are all on rations !!!

I wish everyone the best of luck.

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 13th of February 2020
#66 :   Christmas 2019 Break Up
Author  Meade Murphy

South Queensland Amateur Fishing Club’s Association
(S.Q.A.F.C.A) Inc.
ABN: 92 547 184 431
Meade Murphy – Publicity Officer
meade@sqafca.com.au
0411-244-774

February 2020

Christmas 2019 Break Up


Better late than never as the old saying goes!

Redcliffe City Amateur Anglers finally held their Christmas break up trip last weekend, 7th February 2020. This trip was to be held 2 months ago, but due to Moreton Island erupting into a firestorm, due to lack of rain, the trip was cancelled. This time the trip was held in the greatest rain event on Moreton Island since 2015! Some of the 80 members believe if we weren’t a tonne lighter of beer, prawns, food etc. we would have struggled to cross the creeks at low tide Sunday morning 4 hours before the barge was due.

Australia is definitely the land of drought and flooding rains – when it rains, it pours!

This trip was also a special one for the R.C.A.A. to say thank you to the Bulwer Volunteer Fire Fighters. They not only saved our clubhouse, but also the townships of Cowan and Bulwer. These blokes deserve a bravery medal for what they did and as we couldn’t give them that we passed the hat around and raised $1580.00 in a week long raffle amongst ourselves. From the funds raised they purchased a high quality, durable marquee for future sausage sizzles on the island. A big thank you to Bunnings, Rothwell, who also jumped into the community spirit and donated two gas bbq’s. So if you see the volunteer fire fighters out the front of Bulwer, pull up your 4WD and have a snag.

All S.Q.A.F.C.A. clubs would also like to welcome the local Aborigines and thank them for taking back the management of our great island, Moreton. They have told the “old boys” in our club that they will never have to save the townships again as they will perform cold back-burns in winter and reopen the fire access tracks that were shut down to be revegetated by the environmentalists. Better late than never !

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 23rd of January 2020
#65 :   Happy New Year and Australia Day
Author  Meade Murphy

SQAFCA WEBSITE NEWS

Happy New Year and Australia Day !

Wow, what a full on Christmas & New Year it has been for some of the S.Q.A.F.C.A. clubs who have clubhouses on Moreton Island.

At the end of November fire broke out as a result of a lightning strike out the back of Cowan – over the next week it slowly travelled north to the township of Bulwer. With 5 club houses to defend on The Strand we took a watch and act stance to see if the wind would change and the fire burn back into itself. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and the Bulwer Volunteer Fire Fighters had an incredible fight on their hands to save Bulwer ....and they did! As a show of thanks, both R.C.A.A. and V.N.A.F.C ran a raffle over a week and raised $1580.00. The volunteers have used this money to buy 2 x bbqs and a pop up marquee for fund raising. This Sunday, Australia Day, they will host their first beach sausage sizzle on the beach in front of Bulwer. We all hope they do well and that it turns into a regular event.

Also, Alvey Reels is holding a competition to win a new Nissan 4WD. When you buy a reel – enter the number on the box online to go into the competition.

See link to enter the competition: alvey.com.au/nissan

Mr Bruce Alvey is not only a life member of S.Q.A.F.C.A. but also the patron of S.Q.A.F.C.A. and sponsor of the Len Thompson. Please support Bruce, buy a reel and enter the competition.

The next S.Q.A.F.C.A. competition is the Moreton Island Light Gear round on March 7th 2020. See you all there !

Meade Murphy

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