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What are your prefered fish for restocking in Lake Somerset?

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2013, 09:07:05 PM »
The problem with having Mary River Cod as a targetable specie in Somerset is the fact that unscrupulous anglers could target them where they are easier to catch and say they caught them in the dam.  Not all fishermen have the same love of the specie as many in here which can easily be seen by them being on the endangered list.  They didn't try to kill themselves off!

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2013, 09:26:09 PM »
The problem with having Mary River Cod as a targetable specie in Somerset is the fact that unscrupulous anglers could target them where they are easier to catch and say they caught them in the dam.
Not all fishermen have the same love of the specie as many in here which can easily be seen by them being on the endangered list.  They didn't try to kill themselves off!
Never going to stop that Dale

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2013, 09:37:16 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

Caught more Mary's than Silver Perch in NPD, Macdonald, Baroon and Hinze if you count the Stanley Somerset as well  :popcorn)
All bar one that I have seen that have gone over the wall were fat and healthy.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2013, 07:51:13 AM »
Another case for rec fishing licenses, where the money is quarantined for the benefit of the fisheries.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2013, 09:15:35 AM »
Papuan Black bass and Spot-tails.......

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2013, 12:28:18 PM »
Papuan Black bass and Spot-tails.......

Now wouldn't that be interesting....!!!!!

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2013, 12:34:03 PM »
There'd be some upgrading of gear going on that's for sure.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2013, 02:12:43 PM »
I would still take the 4lb.... For the laughs. .

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2013, 02:23:49 PM »
Papuan Black bass and Spot-tails.......

..... and Nile Perch and Arapaima and Peacock Bass and Dorado....

...all on 4lb    ;D

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2013, 10:44:49 AM »
Will any there be any stocking of Mary's and Toga 2nd and 3rd preferred species ? 

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2013, 11:29:10 AM »
That would require a motion to be passed at a SWFSA meeting to overturn the current motion of not spending SIP funds on Mary River Cod.  Personally (and this is my personal opinion which may won't agree with) I would see it as misuse of SIP funds.  I doubt that we'd be able to buy Mary River Cod and Saratoga fingerlings at about 25 cents each.  Bass and Golden Perch give the Stocking group more bang for the buck and they give anglers more fish on the table from what is supposed to be a put and take fishery.  Get Mary River Cod off the Endangered/Threatened list, raise the bag limit to 5, drop the fingerling price to 25 cents and then I'd be all for them being dropped into the SIP lakes.

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2013, 09:39:35 PM »
Sounds like this survey needs to be redone on a representative sample of SIP licence purchasers then (job for SWFSA) - to see if we (SIP licence purchasers) actually do think cod and toga are a 'waste' of SIP funds.. considering how many SIP licence purchasers fish for sport instead of meat - and that the 'meat' options will still be there (bass, goldens - even the current bag on cod/togas) - it could be an interesting result.... :popcorn)

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2013, 12:32:58 AM »
MORE FORKIES!!!!!

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Re: Prefered Species for restocking at Lake Somerset
« Reply #28 on: September 20, 2013, 06:58:03 AM »
Sounds like this survey needs to be redone on a representative sample of SIP licence purchasers then (job for SWFSA) - to see if we (SIP licence purchasers) actually do think cod and toga are a 'waste' of SIP funds.. considering how many SIP licence purchasers fish for sport instead of meat - and that the 'meat' options will still be there (bass, goldens - even the current bag on cod/togas) - it could be an interesting result.... :popcorn)
When you have a volunteer group of about 12 people who provide a fishery for thousands and that group continually begs for more representation from anglers, and they receive none, I think the anglers should get what the committee votes for, and currently the fish for a feed guys pretty much outnumber the catch and release guys on the committee.  If people want change, perhaps they could stick their hand up and volunteer to get involved and help a little instead of sitting back and bitching about what is and isn't available for them to catch.  There are hundreds of guys trying to make themselves into legends by fishing ABT comps, wanna guess how many of them are involved in the Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association Committee?

 

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