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Vertical fishing with a gill net

There are several ways to catch fish in Australia's many and varied waters. Fishing with a gill net is a method commonly adopted by commercial fishermen but can also be used as fishing gear when recreational fishing. These large rectangular nets are vertical panels which are usually set horizontally across the ocean floor, with a floatline at the top of the net and weights at the bottom. There are a range of gill nets available on eBay across different size specifications to suit your fishing requirements.

Gill fishing net

Commonly made of transparent monofilament or multifilament meshing so that they appear as invisible to fish in the water, gill nets work to float, entangle and trap fish by the gill, fins and spines. Mesh size within the netting should be selected according to the targeted species of fish. Gillnets are typically used in shelf waters which are below 100 metres depth. Demersal gill nets are those specifically designed to touch the ocean floor and are only permitted in Commonwealth fisheries.

Gill Netting

Gillnets are a fishing net designed for both open ocean and coastal waters such as bays, estuaries and rivers. Different types of net can be purchased so that they can be set at varying depths and these include both bottom and mid-water (or drift) gill nets. Bottom gillnets are used to catch fish that live near or on the ocean bed such as cod, pollock, striped bass and monkfish. Mid-water gillnets catch those top or mid-dwelling fish which include salmon, swordfish and sharks.

Gillnetting rules

There are strict rules surrounding gill netting, which are also sometimes called set netting, and these govern size, mesh, fixing, daily bag limits and attendance of set nets. To lessen environmental impact, it is vital for a gillnetter to be aware of any bycatch (or unintended catch) which may include non-target creatures such as sea turtles and other protected marine life.

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