Mar 142014
 

Date: Sunday 13 April 2014

Expected Species:

Australian Smelt, Retropinna semoni

Australian Smelt, Retropinna semoni

  • Rhadinocentrus ornatus (Ornate Rainbowfish)
  • Melanotaenia duboulayi (Crimson Spotted Rainbowfish)
  • Pseudomugil signifer (Pacific Blue-eyes)
  • Retropinna semoni (Smelt)
  • Hypseleotris galii (Firetail Gudgeon
  • Gobiomorphus australis (Striped Gudgeon)
  • Gambusia holbrooki (Mosquito Fish or Plague Minnows)
  • Eels
  • Australatya Striolata (Riffle Shrimp)

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Meeting Location:

Hungry Jacks Tugun. The Hungry Jacks and Shell Service Station complex is located on the western side of the Gold Coast Highway between Karana St and Tooloona St. Heading south along the Pacific Motorway you need to take the Currumbin exit (see signs to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary). Head east towards the beach.

At the Gold Coast highway turn right, then conduct a U-Turn at the next set of lights (you will then be heading north towards Brisbane). Hungry Jacks will be on your immediate left and we’ll be facing in the right direction for the field trip. Coordinates for Hungry Jacks Tugun are:

Lat: 28° 8.634’S, Long: 153° 29.609’E

Gregory’s UBD Street Directory 2013 – Gold Coast Map 71, Reference F10

Departure Time:

8.30am. This is the time we will leave the meeting point.

Program:

This program is tentative only and may change due to weather and water levels

  • 0830 – 0900: Travel to first fishing location.
  • 0900 – 1000: Fish first location (Currumbin Ck)
  • 1000 – 1030: Travel to second fishing location.
  • 1030 – 1130: Fish second location (Tallebudgera Ck)
  • 1130 – 1145: Travel to third fishing location.
  • 1145 – 1245: Fish third location (Tallebudgera Ck)
  • 1245 – 1300: Travel to lunch location
  • 1300 – 1400: Lunch at local Café

CHECK THE ANGFA FORUM THE FRIDAY OR SATURDAY BEFORE THE TRIP TO CONFIRM THAT IT’S STILL ON

What to Bring:

Wading boots or waders, dip nets, folding bait traps, bait or burley for the traps, buckets (with lids), a field tank for photography, an esky or styrofoam box to hold the fish in, plastic bags for the fish, rubber bands, non- iodised salt (cooking salt, rock salt, etc), drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent (expect sand flies), fish and plant identification books, goggles and snorkel, and water test kits if you have them (hardness, total hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, etc).

Remember:

We are a conservation society and expect to take due care of the locations and wild populations we collect from and the fish we collect. Take only as much as you need to display or breed. It is illegal to sell fish from the wild without a licence.

An important part of each field trip is to survey and record the water conditions and what we find, and any assistance with this task will be appreciated.

Size and bag limits and equipment regulations apply when fishing in fresh water in QLD. You can find the QLD bag and size limits here: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_2994.htm You can find the QLD fishing equipment regulations here: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_3023.htm

Nomination:

To nominate for the field trip please contact the Field Trip Coordinator: Leo O’Reilly, Mob: 0438 733 789, Email: oreilly1@bluemaxx.com.au

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Jan 262014
 

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[/s2If][s2If current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)]Date: Sunday 23 February 2014

Meeting Location: Pull-off / parking area to the left side of the road, just before you cross over the bridge. Not far past the marina.

Departure Time: 9.15am. This is the time we will leave the meeting point.

Program: 0930 – 1130: Tour the Jungle Perch breeding facility.

1130 – 1230: Lunch at Blue Anchorage Café Restaurant and Bar, 2 Toorbul St., Bongaree

1230 – 3.30: Fish freshwater locations on Bribie Island. Our target species include:

* Rhadinocentrus ornatus (Ornate Rainbowfish),

* M. duboulayi (Crimson Spotted Rainbowfish),

* Pseudomugil signifer (Pacific Blue-eye),

* Plus the usual range of gudgeons and invertebrates.

Bring: Wading boots, dip nets, folding bait traps, bait or burley for the traps, buckets (with lids), a field tank for photography, an esky or styrofoam box to hold the fish in, plastic bags for the fish, rubber bands, non- iodised salt (cooking salt, rock salt, etc), drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent (expect sand flies), fish and plant identification books, and water test kits if you have them (hardness, total hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, etc).

Remember: We are a conservation society and will be treating the waterways and surrounding environment with respect.

An important part of each field trip is to survey and record the water conditions and what we find, and assistance with this will be greatly appreciated.

Take only as much as you need to display or breed.

Size and bag limits and equipment regulations apply when fishing in fresh water in QLD. You can find the QLD bag and size limits here: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_2994.htm You can find the QLD fishing equipment regulations here: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_3023.htm .

It is illegal to sell wild caught fish from Queensland without a permit.

Any protected species such as Honey blue-eyes and Oxleyan pygmy perch cannot be retained, and are to be returned to the water as quickly as possible.

Nomination: To nominate for the field trip please contact the Field Trip Coordinator – Leo O’Reilly, Mob: 0438 733 789, Email: oreilly1@bluemaxx.com.au

Note: This program is tentative only and may change due to weather

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May 302013
 
Collapsible fish trap

Collapsible fish trap

This short video (including underwater footage) from YouTube user “barracod” demonstrates the use of the standard collapsible fish trap that many of our members use on field trips. The footage is taken at a spot on the North Pine River. Some of the species visible include Melanotaenia duboulayi (Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish), Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum (Flyspecked Hardyheads), gudgeons and others…

It’s great to see recreational fishers who acknowledge fisheries regulations and respect the waterways they’re using.

Click here to view at YouTube.

Apr 262013
 
Drop bears inhabit closed canopy forest in the south-east of Australia. (Credit: Volker Janssen)

If you’re out in the field, particularly if you or your companions aren’t Australian born, please be careful as the threat of Drop bear (Thylarctos plummetus) attack is ever present.

Australian Geographic posted this article at the start of the month – citing the work of Tasmanian researcher Volker Janssen. Jannssen’s research, undertaken in a ‘Drop Bear hotspot’ in New South Wales, showed significant differences in attack rates between Australian-born and non-Australian-born research assistants. The Janssen study has also confirmed that Vegemite is an effective Drop Bear deterrent, though no scientific tests have yet been undertaken to determine the effectiveness of toothpaste smeared behind one’s ears (at this stage it’s probably better to be safe than sorry). The take home message is that if you’re headed into the bush, make sure you’ve had your vegemite and if you don’t have an Australian accent, try not to talk.

While this is conflict with the species profile at the Austrlian Museum, the Jannsen research is more current and worth taking into consideration. The museum does however offer a free Drop Bear vaccination for members, so it might be worth joining up if you thing you’re at risk.

Drop Bear Aware (http://www.dropbearaware.com/)  was formed in 2006 in response to Drop Bear attacks and seeks to provide information and increase awareness. The Drop Bear Aware online community also serves as a support network for survivors of Drop Bear attacks and for those who have lost loved ones.

Don’t become a statistic. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Be Drop bear safe!

Apr 152013
 

21 APRIL 2013 – SUNSHINE COAST (UPDATES)

Date: Sunday 21 April 2013

Meeting Location: The Shell Service Station (Coles Express and Hungry Jacks) – Exit 171 Johnston Road Exit, Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast. Just north of the Tibrogargan Creek crossing. Meet at the North Bound station as there is one on both sides of highway (Google map). In case your running late or coming from north coast you can meet us at the first fishing locations as it is pretty easy to find.

Departure Time: 8.30am. This is the time we will leave.
If you wish to have breakfast there, please arrive before the departure time as we won’t be waiting. Please ensure you have enough fuel before we leave.

Destination:  We will fish the Sunshine Coast around the Maroochydore region.

Two locations have been selected .

Location 1: lower Martins Creek (9:00 – 10:30)
• Access the site via the Service Rd that runs alongside Maroochydore Rd.
• Turn at the intersection of Maroochydore Rd and Pike St at the Matilda Service station
• Travel to end of the service road to the soccer fields, park there.
• Access creek alongside Maroochydore Rd or further downstream along stream bank

Location 2: South Maroochy River (Downstream of Wappa Falls) (11:00 to 1pm)
• Return to Maroochydore Rd, then onto Bruce Highway
• Exit Highway at Yandina-Coolum Rd after crossing South Maroochy Rr, then into Fleming St and straight ahead onto Old Gympie Rd
• Turn left at Colemans Rd and follow down to creek.
• Parking is limited to about 5 cars at the crossing so you might need to find safe park along side of road before or after the creek and walk the short distance to creek crossing. Lots of shade for buckets and gear.

Our targets include:

Rhadinocentrus ornatus (Ornate Rainbowfish),
M. duboulayi (Crimson Spotted Rainbowfish),
Craterocephalus sp. (Hardyheads),
Pseudomugil signifer (Pacific Blue-eye),
• Plus the usual range of gudgeons and invertebrates.

If we’re lucky we may also come across some Ambassis agassizii (Glassfish), riffle shrimp and the odd Nannoperca oxleyana (Oxleyan Pygmy Perch).
Pygmy Perch are protected so we can’t keep them.

See this post on the ANGFA Forums for some lovely pictures of the area: http://forums.angfa.org.au/viewtopic.php?t=1643

The expected finishing time is 1.00pm.

Lunch: Finishing with a BYO picnic/BBQ in the shady surrounds of Wappa Dam 5 min from site.

Bring: wading boots, dip nets, folding bait traps, bait or burley for the traps, buckets (with lids), a field tank for photography, an esky or styrofoam box to hold the fish in, plastic bags for the fish, rubber bands, non- iodised salt (cooking salt, rock salt, etc), drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent (expect sand flies), fish and plant identification books, and water test kits if you have them (hardness, total hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, etc).

Remember: We are a conservation society and an important part of each field trip is to survey and record the water conditions and what we find. We are not there to rape and pillage. Take only as much as you need to display or breed. It is illegal to sell fish from the wild without a permit.
Size and bag limits and equipment regulations apply when fishing in fresh water in QLD.
You can find the QLD bag and size limits here: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_2994.htm
You can find the QLD fishing equipment regulations here: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_3023.htm

To nominate for the field trip or to gain further information, please contact the Field Trip Coordinator: Leo O’Reilly, Email: fieldtrips@angfaqld.org.au

David Roberts is our leader on the day and he can be contacted on 0488 012 208.

CHECK THE ANGFA FORUM THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE TRIP TO CONFIRM THAT IT’S STILL ON