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What are your prefered fish for restocking in Lake Somerset?

Australian Bass
Golden Perch
Silver Perch
Mary River Cod
Saratoga
Other - I will post a reply

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Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:01:04 PM »
I'm curious as to what anglers would prefer to see stocked into Lake Somerset?

You may vote for your 3 "most" prefered species, leaving out those you would "least" prefered stocked.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 08:50:42 AM »
MANGROVE JACK
Not likely to happen but would be interesting.
Perhaps they could be trained to take jetskiers off the surface?

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 11:00:09 AM »
Good poll Fitzy, a bit surprised at the results so far.  :thumbsup

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013, 11:14:56 AM »
I'd love to see Barra as well, but I don't think our climate is right unfortunately :( Toga would be great tho, more things to chuck fluff at :)

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2013, 11:18:37 AM »
I'd love to see Barra as well, but I don't think our climate is right unfortunately :( Toga would be great tho, more things to chuck fluff at :)
G'day Muzfox,

There has been alot of Saratoga stocked into the top of Lake Somerset. Have you gone up chasing them there yet?

Cheers

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2013, 11:20:43 AM »
MANGROVE JACK
Not likely to happen but would be interesting.
Perhaps they could be trained to take jetskiers off the surface?

G'day Chep

Unfortunately there's two things stopping Mangrove Jack being stocked into Somerset:

1- supply of fingerlings
2- were not permitted to stock mangrove jack into Somerset.

Maybe a future option.....

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2013, 11:58:21 AM »
If we're to swap Golden Perch and Silver Perch for Mary River Cod and Saratoga, maybe we should look at raising the bag limits on the new species so SIP holders can still take home a decent feed of fish.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2013, 01:30:47 PM »
G'day Muzfox,

There has been alot of Saratoga stocked into the top of Lake Somerset. Have you gone up chasing them there yet?

Cheers

Now I did not know that. Fished Somerset for 10 years when I had the stinker. Definitely going to have to think about a trip up there now. Guessing launching near Kilcoy is the best option? New flies to tie  :thanks

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2013, 08:54:41 PM »
I feel so ordinary, voting with the majority. Having said that, I think the smaller dams like hinz, kurwongbah and MacDonald are more enjoyable fish for toga etc

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2013, 11:02:58 PM »
A decent feed of Toga Dale ? got any recipes only person I know that ate one was very disappointed.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2013, 06:50:31 AM »
Not for me Steve, but there are a hell of a lot of people who tick the SIP boxes that expect to get a feed of fish for their money.  That was the idea of the scheme, put and take.  If you cut it down to two Bass per trip, and a lifetime of floggings if you kill a Cod or Toga, many of them won't be ticking the boxes or visiting Somerset.  Any replacements for the two Murray Darling species need to be reasonable table fish, which Cod are, and have a decent bag limit, which Cod currently don't.  Having the bag limit lifted on a specie that is described as "endangered" elsewhere could be a little tricky.  For the SIP Scheme to remain viable Yellas have to remain or the limit for Bass has to be lifted to 10 in SIP funded lakes.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 02:35:51 PM »
I agree Dale the members who did the poll on this forum would be more inclined to give the result thusfar. Do the same poll amongst the average fisher who pays for a SIPS permit and you would get a different result. The Bass possession limit should be raised for impoundments certainly no shortage of them and may alleviate the massive overpopulation in some streams post flood events but then there is also a substantial number of Golden Perch in streams downstream so how many are actualy taken ?
Would be something to see if there were enough stocked Mary's in impoundments to support a greater take though given the number caught currently and taken from stocked impoundments raising it is highly unlikely to have any real effect. 

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2013, 05:23:13 PM »
I can't see anything wrong with increasing bag limits and stocking endangered species in a fishery that has been established purely for people take a feed home. If anything you would think it would help in the recovery of the species, not that I think huge numbers go targeting them anyway.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2013, 08:25:36 PM »
What would be interesting to see is a poll of who has caught / numbers of Marys caught in stocked impoundments over the last x amount of years.

I know its impossible but are they really worth stocking in impoundment for any other reason to maintain a population of them ?

I think Marys would be better off not stocked in impoundments unless the water upsream is substantial enough and suitable for possible breeding. I would be more inclined to encourage them stocked in waterways not obstructed by a dam, Have any observations been made with how Mary river cod look / recover after going over a wall if they ever do ?

Or am i completely off on another tangent....  :-X

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2013, 09:02:14 PM »
SIP funds are given by anglers to maintain a put and take fishery in some impoundments.  Using those funds to reestablish a population of Marys in areas where it is illegal to target them would lack a moral reasoning.  As did using RFEP funding for the same purpose, which is why SWFSA did not use these funds to put them in the Lockyer.

 

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