Rock fishing safety alert for NSW

Rock fishing alert

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January 2011

Although only a small-moderate swell of 1.5-2 metres, it will be unique for NSW waters due to its long period nature of 18-19 seconds. This indicates a strong swell that will have long ‘lulls’ between the bigger ‘set’ waves.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for the NSW coast for the weekend, including dangerous ocean conditions which will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.
A northeast groundswell from Severe Tropical Cyclone Wilma will impact the NSW coastline Friday evening through Saturday.

These conditions will be extra dangerous for Rock Fishermen as the surf will appear small/calm for up to 20 minutes at a time, before a set of big waves roll in. Fishing spots on rock platforms/cliffs/break-walls which appear ‘safe’, may actually be highly dangerous when the ‘set’ waves arrive.

Stay home in rough weather!

Whenever you fish, choose a safe spot. Don’t fish alone, make sure you have non-slip shoes, wear a life jacket and never turn your back on the sea.

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