DPI has commenced a "trophy flathead fishery" concept in a number of waterways including key Recreational Fishing Havens such as St Georges Basin and Tuross Head on the NSW south coast and Lake Macquarie on the central coast.
The concept aims to further protect Dusky Flathead while allowing anglers to experience the thrill of catch and release fishing.
This unique angler driven initiative involved the introduction of a voluntary code of practice for the release of large flathead as well as a trophy flathead tagging program in selected waterways to provide research data on this important recreational species.
The trophy fishery program continues to maximise flathead stocks, provide enhanced angling opportunities and has the potential to increase local tourism.
Anglers are encouraged to follow the voluntary Trophy Fishery Code of Practice when fishing in for large Dusky Flathead in NSW.
Fishers can also watch a short educational video detailing best practice release tips for trophy sized flathead.
This is all part of ‘Fish for life – Building a healthy fishing future’.