Western Australia is home to some of the best and most iconic land based fishing locations in the world, with land based game fishing hotspots Steep Point and Quobba Station, as well as the rocky south coast producing countless impressive land-based catches over the years.
Rock fishing is a popular pastime for many West Australians hitting the stones and having a crack at ballooning, spinning for pelagics or bottom bashing for demersals. Rock fishing isn’t always picture perfect however, and situations turn ugly fast when accidents happen on the rocks and fishers aren’t prepared.
Since 2002, 26 people have died rock fishing in WA. As a result rock fishing safety is one of the fastest growing concerns in the fishing community and with the advent of new, modern, compact and practical life jackets the risk undertaken by many rock fishers is no longer acceptable.
Introducing the Crewsaver Crewfit. The Crewfit is the cream of the crop when it comes to the new era of modern, self-inflating life jackets and Recfishwest proudly endorse and distribute them at an affordable price from our shop at fishandsurvive.com.au. These new and stylish, ultra-compact slim-line life jackets are an innovation in aquatic safety and can be worn all day without restricting your movement or causing discomfort.
Additionally Recfishwest have arranged 150 FREE loan life jackets at 21 locations across the state, along with numerous angel rings at fishing locations in WA. Recfishwest recommend smart, safe and well prepared rock fishing which includes not only wearing a life jacket but knowing how to swim and observing conditions. You should never fish alone, always tell someone your plans, and use additional safety equipment where you can such as rock boots, tie-off rope and appropriate clothing etc.
To continue creating awareness and participation in WA rock fishing safety, Recfishwest is hosting a photo competition running over the summer months. The attractive grand prize of an ultimate land-based fishing package consists of a quality rod, spin reel, line and gaff with subsequent runner up prizes consisting of life jackets, rods, lure merchandise packs and fishing magazine subscriptions. The competition will be open to candidates who submit photos of their rock fishing activities using life jackets and will be judged on a number of factors including fishing safety incorporated with creativity, picture quality, fishing skill and overall attractiveness.
The entries will be judged by photo quality to promote the safe use of PFDs while rock fishing in WA, so whilst a good fish photo will go a long way, the competition will not be judged on the fish alone.
To enter, and for full competition details, terms and conditions visit http://recfishwest.org.au/photocomp/
Grand prize of a complete land-based game fishing package consisting of a SHIMANO STELLA SW5000XG RRP $999 sponsored by TACKLE HQ, loaded with 40lb TASLINE ELITE braid RRP $130 and a BUSTED ULTIMATE LBG 14’ 2 piece gaff RRP $199 sponsored by BUSTED FISHING. This will be paired with an ASASSIN 9’6” XH SPIN Rod RRP $199 sponsored by ASSASSIN TACKLE Australia.
Prizes for the next in line runner ups will be awarded with one of either 3x Shimano 12” Surf and Turf rods RRP $129 or 3x Shimano Wanderer rods RRP $99 sponsored by GETAWAY OUTDOORS. The next 5 runner ups will receive a HALCO landbased prize pack consisting of Halco lures and merchandise valued at $100 and three Crewasver Crewfit Adult Manual lifejackets are on offer for the next winners in line.
Ten WESTERN ANGLER Magazine one year subscriptions are also on offer as a Facebook only prize, awarded at random to any person who shares on Facebook one of our competition posts over the competition period.