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Zoning Plan for Great Sandy Marine Park
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Wednesday 28th of September 2022
This week the Queensland Government has released a draft zoning plan for the Great Sandy Marine Park. The good news is that the Red Cross Hatching has been removed from the yellow conservation zone making it in line with every yellow zone in the world. The green zones have been increased from 4% to 12.5% which will help to increase fish stock that went from 7.8 fish per person per trip in 1986 to 0.81 fish per person per trip. This catastrophic decline in fish stock has seen fishing tourism d .....
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End of Old Season Beginning of New
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 25th of August 2022
S.Q.A.F.C.A. fishing season ended on 13th August with the last year of the open beach. It has been a great season with a great bream season this winter due to the amount of rain we have had this year. Congratulations to all club teams and individual grade winners.

S.Q.A.F.C.A. is hosting a Queensland Light Gear Title on 3rd September on Bribie Island. This is S.Q.A.F.C.A's first major event outside S.Q.A.F.C.A since Covid 19 arrived in Australia. Also the Junior Anglers Associatio .....
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Hays Inlet Water Quality
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 24th of March 2022
For over 20 years, new members wanting to join the Redcliffe City Amateur Anglers Fishing Club (RCAA) have asked why we don’t fish the Hays Inlet Estuary. It has been hard to reply, as we can’t get our average 16 fish/person. The average club fisher person spends on average $100.00 per trip on bait, tackle, beer, fuel, ice etc. When you divide this by 16 it works out to be $6.25 per fish, Hays Inlet would work out to be on average $20.00 per fish as it is a failed estuary system. Our data .....
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Save Hays Inlet and the Dugongs
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Tuesday 22nd of February 2022
Recently, a pair of dugong was spotted by a local resident, grazing on the newly regenerated seagrass in Hays Inlet. This is a testament to our parent body QAFCA and our political representative Sunfish, who in 2008 negotiated the green and yellow zones in this area. The health of the inlet has come back after it was turned into a desert by constant commercial net fishing. It got so bad that the local RCAA fishing club had to abandon it as a designated trip venue.

In 1993, Hays Inl .....
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East Coast Black Jewfish Fishery Closed
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 25th of March 2021
The total allowable commercial catch or TACC of Black Jewfish on the East Coast has been fully fished for this year. Now that the Black Jewfish TACC has been reached, no recreational fishermen can catch and keep this fish and must be released immediately on capture - to give this fish species a better resource sustainability, remove the hook if accessible or cut the line if not.

Any recreational fisherman caught taking Black Jewfish on the East Coast until 01/01/2022 will be in breac .....
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RODGOD
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 22nd of October 2020
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 .....
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No Fanning of Tails
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 16th of July 2020
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 l .....
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Covid-19: Competitions & Meetings
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 26th of March 2020
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 .....
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ARB Sponsor for the 1st Round Surf Title
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 5th of March 2020
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 week .....
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Christmas 2019 Break Up
Written by Meade Murphy
Created / Updated on Thursday 13th of February 2020
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 .....
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Latest 10 Articles


Wednesday 28th of September 2022
Zoning Plan for Great Sandy Marine Park

Thursday 25th of August 2022
End of Old Season Beginning of New

Thursday 24th of March 2022
Hays Inlet Water Quality

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022
Save Hays Inlet and the Dugongs

Thursday 25th of March 2021
East Coast Black Jewfish Fishery Closed

Thursday 22nd of October 2020
RODGOD

Thursday 16th of July 2020
No Fanning of Tails

Thursday 26th of March 2020
Covid-19: Competitions & Meetings

Thursday 5th of March 2020
ARB Sponsor for the 1st Round Surf Title

Thursday 13th of February 2020
Christmas 2019 Break Up

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No Fanning of Tails

Thursday 5th of March 2020
ARB Sponsor for the 1st Round Surf Title

Thursday 22nd of October 2020
RODGOD

Thursday 24th of March 2022
Hays Inlet Water Quality

Thursday 13th of February 2020
Christmas 2019 Break Up

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Covid-19: Competitions & Meetings

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