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Don't put your life on the line
Rock fishing is a popular pastime for many Victorian anglers. Anglers take to the rock ledges on many parts of the coastline. Rock fishing can however be extremely dangerous. Most rock fishing deaths are caused by anglers being swept off rocks.
What do I need to remember when rock fishing?
Check conditions and stay alert to changes. Weather conditions can prove hazardous for people not properly prepared for the activity. When going rock fishing ensure you have the correct safety gear which includes a life jacket, non-slip footwear and light clothing. Be sure to inform someone of where you are rock fishing and ask for advice from locals who know the area, select the safest possible location.
Rock fishing safety tips
- Always wear a life jacket (Personal Flotation Device or PFD) when rock fishing.
- Always check weather conditions and tides before going rock fishing.
- Never fish by yourself.
- Never fish in exposed areas during rough seas; find a calmer spot.
- Don’t turn your back on the sea.
- Inform others of your plans.
- Wear appropriate non-slip footwear, light clothing and head protection.