A new boating season, especially in the COVID-19 era signals a busy time on the water. Reports of massive queues and long waits at Melbourne boating ramps on Cup Day a sign of what’s ahead as people rush to get out on the water. There appears to be more people attracted to boating and many getting into it for the first time. At the same time long-term boat owners are super keen to make the most of the season after what has been a difficult 2020.
Boating comes with responsibilities and that includes adhering to rules and regulations both over operating the boat and the areas you will be boating especially in regard to recreational fishing. While all state require a licence to operate a boat, not all require a licence for recreational fishers so you will need to be across the requirements in your state.
At Jade Boat Loans we strongly urge all boaters to be informed on all rules around fishing and boating to avoid copping penalties and to ensure a safe and sustainable marine environment.
Fishing is one of the most popular recreations in Australia and for many, a source of putting food on the table. But there are rules around where you can fish and the size and type of species you can keep.
This was highlighted in Melbourne when immediately following the lockdown many rushed to get out on the water. The Victoria Fisheries Authority issued a warning after complaints were received about fishing in the Rickett’s Point Marine Sanctuary, which is contrary to regulations. By law it is illegal to take fish or use fishing equipment in a marine sanctuary.
Paul Shea, the acting Chief Executive of the Victoria Fisheries Authority, said that before leaving home, fishers should make themselves familiar with the boundaries of marine parks. To assist fishers and boaters, the VFA has an app with a ‘Can I Fish Here’ function. Worth checking out at https://vfa.vic.gov.au/
In South Australia, authorities have introduced a ban in certain areas on snapper fishing for 3 years to protect dwindling stocks. The areas cover Spencer Gulf St Vincent and West Coast and the ban covers November through January. For the open season a ballot system operates. Check out the details at https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recreational_fishing
In NSW both bag and size limits apply to saltwater and freshwater species. Rules apply to certain locations and the department provides extensive resources so you can be educated and well-informed https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has a very comprehensive website covering recreational fishing rules and regulations. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries
Each state has its own rules both around boundaries of where you can fish and the size of all forms of seafood which can be taken. Before heading out, check the rules and have your ruler at hand to measure your catch.
As a guide, fish are measured from the snout to the end of the tail. Refer to your state department’s website for fish measurement resources. They show photographs and diagrams.
For those travelling with their trailer boat, ensure you are aware of the rules for the area you intend to visit. The COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted, but boating and fishing restrictions are very much in place. Special reminder of drinking and boating. Or more specifically, not drinking and boating. Just like drink driving laws, each state has rules around alcohol limits for boat skippers.
Getting Your Own Fishing Boat Through Finance
While there are a lot of rules and regulations around fishing, when it comes to getting your own boat, you have more control around the type of boat and how you will finance it. Fishing boats are available in pretty much the full size range. There’s sure to be a boat to suit every fisher. From a tinnie, jet skis and PWCs that suit solo fishers and small trailerable fishing boats right up to the Rivieras and other cruisers which are built for the offshore fishing enthusiast.
The new and used boat finance markets are always strong and a specialist marine broker can be engaged to source exactly the boat you’re after.
Many people will have a budget or at least a price range. But how do you know how much that price tag means in boat loan repayments? Easy, use our Jade Boat Loans calculator. Alternatively just give us a call and talk all things boat loans.
Jade provides loans for a wide range of fishing boats and at cheap interest rates. If you’re working to your own restrictions – budget-wise – then consider a pre-approved boat loan. Jade can arrange boat loans for our customers based on an estimated ‘spend’ rather than the invoice from the seller. This pre-approved loan gives you the repayments involved so can then proceed to select a boat to meet your terms.
It’s easy to apply for a boat loan – just apply on line or give us a call and one of our consultants will guide you through the process.
To discuss boat finance contact Jade Boat Loans on 1300 000 003
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