Download the 2020-21 NSW Saltwater Fishing Guide

Important note:  Witches hats MUST NOT be used in Merimbula Lake

■Not more than four nets are to be used (or in possession) by any one person at any one time.

■ No more than two hoops per net (no rigid frame between them).

■ Diameter of hoops should be no greater than 1.25m.

Mesh size cannot be less than 13mm measured on the diagonal.

■ Drop (length of net) cannot be more than 1m.

■ A float/buoy to be labelled with the letters HN, initial and surname, year of birth and postcode of the person who sets, uses or lifts the fishing gear. The float being at least 100mm in diameter and 50mm above the water with all letters to be a minimum of 15mm in height, clearly visible and in a contrasting colour to the buoy.

■ Hoop nets or lift nets must not have any rope floating on the surface of the water.

■ The net must be dropped and raised vertically through the water by hand.

■ The net must not be used in ocean waters.

■ Any Rocklobsters or finfish which are subject to a size limit must be immediately returned to the water unharmed if caught.

■ The same rules apply for witches hats as for hoop nets.

■ Do not set gear in areas of high boat traffic or navigation channels.