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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 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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