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    Rock Fishing - This is a MUST read, please.

    Tragically, lives have been lost whilst rock fishing along WA’s rugged coastline.

    The attached are initiatives, from memory, from a father who lost a son, and implemented by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) – a WA Government agency.

    In certain areas along the coast, signage, a life buoy and anchor points are provided to assist in preventing more lives being lost.

    My condolences to anyone who has lost a love one.

    I personally totally support this initiative. I have recently returned from a holiday on the SE coast of WA (Esperance area), and used these ‘tie down points’.

    Let’s face it, it doesn’t take that long to tie a bowline and put on a PFD.

    I bought a PFD for $85 and a length of rated rope for $25. Not a huge expense for one of the sports I love.







    Take care out there.

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    it is a shame how many lives have been lost on our south coast...and every year year after year.....the gear is there for us all to use..most fishing stores will let you have a life vest as long as you take it back with a minimal deposit.....Cheers for the reminder mate...we all take things with a she'll be right mate attitude...
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    We have had the same issue on the east coast. especially just between the entrance and newcastle. i'm a rock fisho myself i use rock cleats and used to have a blow up PFD with a 02 cannister pull the cord and inflation...... some arse stole it when i was putting my gear in the back of my patrol, talking to a young bloke about my catch while his mate grabed it and dissapeared
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    Thanks mate a good reminder for everyone who fishes
    be it salt or fresh water

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    Some time ago one of the young locals from this area moved to WA as a geologist to work on the mines. His brother went over for a visit and they went rock fishing, one (or both) were swept off. Tragically one drowned despite his brothers heroic attempts to keep him afloat. His brother was later nominated for a bravery award.
    http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5...bravery-award/

    I knew the family and my children went to school with them.
    I've been rock fishing but I'm to chicken to go to some of the legdes I've seen people on. These are a great idea and a good warning to others, thanks Rossco.
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    Can this thread become a sticky, please?
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    The rocks and beaches around here can be especially treacherous. The swell can leave the area dry for some time, then you can be standing in almost a metre of water in seconds. This idea would be brilliant, applied over here. The threat of getting a few bumps and scratches far outweighs the alternative.
    My advice is: not to follow my advice.

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    Good on you Rossco, what a great initiative this is. I have added info to the Thread title and made it s Section sticky for you mate.

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    I have been very impressed with all the initiatives that are in place on the south coast of WA. I first saw the lifebuoys up north at False Entrance and Steep Point, and thought what a great idea, then when down south I saw the anchors, I thought at last some one is thinking about saving lives of the blokes who some times tend to forget how dangerous rock fishing is. I personally can`t climb over rocks any more, but I carry a safety harness and rope in case I find some one in trouble, (not only for fishing but a possible fall from a track or other predicament). It was also good to see that the stainless "D "shackle had the pin welded as you what some one might do (pinch it).

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    Sadly our little town has lost another life today rock fishing

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