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Went over to the eastern surbs for a doctors appointment yesterday, and after speaking to Royce, decided to have an hour or so at La Perouse on the way back home.

The tide was almost at the top when I finally arrived, and there were mobs of asian fishos with floats on their rods, fishing for ....... blackfish. Also a couple of other fishos whose first language wasn't english, and who were not too friendly at all. No worries. Rigged up and commenced catching blackfish. Was sworn at in english (evidently I was "the visitor")but managed to catch my bag.Got 8 in 2 hours and tossed three back, keeping five.

I have never seen so many people in one place. The swells still came through regularly, so you had to keep an eye open to the dangers. The asian guys were friendly and mostly followed etiquite suggestions about not casting over the top of my float and to keep moving along the shelf as their floats drifed on the tide. I was a little perturbed at their outfits though. They had plates on their shoes (snow crampirons :))but also had on full plastic wet weather gear and even waders. I shudder to think what would happen if one got washed in. The other two aggressive gents ate their lunch before packing up to go and left their plastic bags, food scraps, a bucketload of peanut shells and scrap fishing line and hook packets etc on the rocks. As they walked past me, I mentioned that they should take their rubbish with them. Thought I was going to get knifed. They left it there. :( A couple of Lebanese guys asked for some advice on setting up their gear to fish for blackfish. They had just bought a 6ft rod with a tiny eggbeater reel and 12lb line. He had tied on the bubble float and hook with 'granny knots' but had no idea how the reel worked. I got him to cut off the sinker, float and hook and then thread the line under the bail arm and back through the rod runners. They were heading off to the shelf. I suggested that it was way too dangerous for them to try that, having never fished before. They listened, and went off to fish by the bridge. Another family of non Australian background came down to watch the fishermen and a wave almost knocked the young girl over on the rocks. They all had fits of laughter, as I headed off. - Lemme out of here.

I am singling out the non Aussie element at this location (and no doubt many others which are easily accessed by the general public) as places where tragedy can and does occur. It is a fact that many of the rock fatalities comprise of a certain ethnic group, and having witnessed the behaviour yesterday, I can see that a total lack of education and knowledge of fishing and rock fishing in particular can be attributed to these tragedies. (btw: I am a non aussie too - except maybe not. I do have a document which states that I am now a dinky di aussie)

The island looked like a refuse tip. What a shame. I have fished there many times in years gone by and it must be 20 yrs since my previous trip there. What a difference!!! The fish are still there though.

I think I will just fish at my usual haunts in the future.

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Hey Stormy,

La Perouse (Bare Island) is an old stomping ground of mine.

I fished there regularly for maybe 20 years and saw a lot of good and bad.

My mates still regularly fish there but they still complain about the stupidity and ignorance displayed by fellow anglers as well as the diver brigade.

Divers get into the water at the angler's feet then spend a lot of time diving the ledges being fished.

If you complain the knives come out from both parties - horrible stuff.

It's not just the sea and rocks that has the potential for a tragedy....

How often have they nearly got into fistfights with idiots, not just divers but other fishers, visitors, jetskiers, boaties, you name it.

People would have a look at your fish by pulling the keeper net out of the water, then leave it high and dry for the fish to die and roast on the rocks.

They have seen people washed in, hurt on the rocks, they have had belongings go 'missing' and even had fish and squid stolen from their nets while they fished.

One mate of mine caught one bloke running off with his entire keeper net of fish !

This is why I abandoned rock fishing. The antisocial and ignorant element was too much.

Since they removed the vertical steel ladder to make the area more accessible to people, the place has turned into a tip and is now the scene of chaos and tension.

I miss my rock fishing buddies though and I only ever speak to them on the phone these days...

Now I fish alone in my boat in the bay and fortunately the antisocial element is bearable....but only just...

Tony

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Now I fish alone in my boat in the bay and fortunately the antisocial element is bearable....but only just...

Tony

HaHa. Love it. Maybe that's why I often fish alone. I'm the only one who can stand my company. Not really. The guys I fish with off the rocks further south, are great company and we all respect each others abilities and put up with our quirks.

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Hey Stormy,

La Perouse (Bare Island) is an old stomping ground of mine.

I fished there regularly for maybe 20 years and saw a lot of good and bad.

My mates still regularly fish there but they still complain about the stupidity and ignorance displayed by fellow anglers as well as the diver brigade.

Divers get into the water at the angler's feet then spend a lot of time diving the ledges being fished.

If you complain the knives come out from both parties - horrible stuff.

It's not just the sea and rocks that has the potential for a tragedy....

How often have they nearly got into fistfights with idiots, not just divers but other fishers, visitors, jetskiers, boaties, you name it.

People would have a look at your fish by pulling the keeper net out of the water, then leave it high and dry for the fish to die and roast on the rocks.

They have seen people washed in, hurt on the rocks, they have had belongings go 'missing' and even had fish and squid stolen from their nets while they fished.

One mate of mine caught one bloke running off with his entire keeper net of fish !

This is why I abandoned rock fishing. The antisocial and ignorant element was too much.

Since they removed the vertical steel ladder to make the area more accessible to people, the place has turned into a tip and is now the scene of chaos and tension.

I miss my rock fishing buddies though and I only ever speak to them on the phone these days...

Now I fish alone in my boat in the bay and fortunately the antisocial element is bearable....but only just...

Tony

I still fish there but only in winter and about 2 to 3 times, good squid can be caught there.
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