Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

For the love of cod

An angler meeting will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club next Wednesday.

July 18, 2014 3:20am

Murray cod size limits need to be the same in Victoria and NSW, according to local angler Andrew Jefferies.

Mr Jefferies is encouraging anglers ‘‘of all ages’’ to attend an information session at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Wednesday to listen to the science behind the proposed changes in NSW and Victoria.

Victoria is proposing a size limit of between 50cm and 70cm and a reduced daily bag limit of one fish, while NSW is proposing a size limit of between 60cm to 80cm and a bag limit of one and possession limit of two.

Mr Jefferies said differing between the bordering states would only create confusion.

He believes both states should compromise and decide on a uniformed size limit.

‘‘A lot of people come to the Edward River and still think they are in Victoria,’’ Mr Jefferies said.

‘‘Whatever the outcome, for God’s sake keep it the same regulations in both states.

‘‘How ridiculous would it be if we end up being able to keep a fish 50cm in Victoria, but in New South Wales the minimum size is 60cm.

‘‘We don’t want scientists who don’t fish to make the decision, but we don’t want fishermen who don’t understand the science to make the decision either. We need someone who understands both.’’

Feedback from Wednesday’s meeting will be taken to the Edward-Wakool Angling Association before being passed on to Murray Local Land Services.

Mr Jefferies believes the size limit should be between 55cm and 75cm — a compromise between both states.

‘‘It’s 2014 and the hard yards have been done to get the size up to 60cm and we’re all used to it now — don’t wind the clock back 30 years,’’ he said.

‘‘You’d get bugger all fillet off a 50cm anyway.

‘‘There’s a whole generation of anglers that have grown up catching and releasing fish even when they are entitled to keep them.’’

Victoria size limit rules are between 60cm and 1m, while the daily bag and possession limit is two per licensed angler.

In NSW the legal size limit is 60cm with a bag limit of two, possession limit of four and one Murray cod caught larger than 1m.

A daily bag limit refers to Murray cod caught on a single day, while a possession limit includes Murray Cod caught on separate days — for example two fish on one day and two on another.

Wednesday’s forum begins at 7.30pm in the RSL Club’s Mountbatten Room and is open to all interested people.

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