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Thursday 22nd of October 2020
#73 :   RODGOD
Author  Meade Murphy

Last year as judge on the A.R.B. Fishing Classic, I met two young blokes from Rainbow Beach who created a fishing product called the Rodgod. As judge, not being able to fish the competition myself, my partner Leanne drove around the island to see a number of fishermen using this product and raving about the Rodgod.

My partner Leanne bought me a Rodgod for Father's Day, and due to the bush fire on Moreton Island at the end of last year, I didn't get to use it until the 3rd round of the Light Gear in March. I couldn't believe how good this product is as I caught 30 dart, 9 whiting and 4 bream with a total of 43 fish in the competition. Our competition is a two rod trip - I had my 4144 dart rod out wide to the right and throwing my 3126 whiting rod in short to the left. What amazed me, that standing behind this product watching my glow tips on my rod, not only didn't I get any tangles from the two rods, I was hardly missing any fish! I took this as first being lucky, but then I took it to the 2nd round of the Open Beach in August on Moreton Island. I caught 30 whiting and 5 bream - total of 35 fish with no tangles. For 30 odd years I ran between 2 rods in 2 rod holders wearing a wading bag and a bait bucket often missing fish. This would make me very annoyed, not to mention being tired by morning. Now I just take my Rodgod, a bucket, my rods and bait. Now I'm also trophy officer of Redcliffe City Amature Anglers, these Rodgods at the average price of $100.00 each is a great prize for all S.Q.A.F.C.A clubs for such prizes as heaviest fish. They are also a great birthday present or Christmas present. Click on the above link and check them out for yourself.

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 16th of July 2020
#71 :   No Fanning of Tails
Author  Meade Murphy

For 60 years S.Q.A.F.C.A has fanned the tails of fish to get the full length of the fish to deem the fish legal or undersized. Last year the penalty was increased from 25 points to 80 points if the fish caught was deemed undersized

This method of measuring fish is NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE by Fisheries to all S.Q.A.F.C.A & Q.A.F.C.A. Clubs throughout Queensland. All members must lay the fish on the measuring stick and the tail must be over the legal length with the tail as it swims to be legal. The trouble with this method is that all the recreational fishermen/women cannot measure a dart on a commercial Alvery measuring stick. We would have to have a stick 120mm wide to do so or take a set square to put on the Alvery measuring stick. It is obvious the Fisheries Queensland didn't consider this when they implemented this legislation, otherwise they would have implemented legislation similar to the American's - to measure all fish at the fork of their tail.

It would be wise this weekend to release all bream under 26cm fanned and all whiting under 24cm fanned on capture. This will ensure that you will not be breaking any laws and you will not be penalised 50 points as we won't be fanning any tails to measure any fish.

Best Regards
Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 26th of March 2020
#69 :   Covid-19: Competitions & Meetings
Author  Meade Murphy

Based on the current situation in regards to the Covid19 Virus, all SQAFCA competitions and meetings are suspended until further notice.

The following aspects need to be considered.

Travel for non-essential purposes.
The Federal Government has banned Social sporting-based activities.
Social distancing measures.
Our duty of care to our fellow members.
QAFCA have rescheduled the AAA’s to 2021.
Blue Fin have already suspended all scheduled club fishing, including SQAFCA competitions.
Redcliffe City have indicated they will be suspending their competition.
Virginia Nundah have indicated the same.
I have been advised that the Micat have suspended passenger trips to Moreton Island.

In addition, all State Parks are closed effective immediately until 30th April 2020 or advised otherwise

Please inform your members accordingly.

All clubs need to give careful consideration to their own operations going forward.
In the meantime stay safe and let’s hope for an early return to normality.
Best Regards
Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 5th of March 2020
#67 :   ARB Sponsor for the 1st Round Surf Title
Author  Meade Murphy

Great news!

Australian leading 4WD accessories supplier A.R.B. is sponsoring the 1st round of the S.Q.A.F.C.A. Surf Titles now called the Open Beach 2020 Titles. A.R.B. has been supplying all the “bells and whistles” for not only S.Q.A.F.C.A’s large fleet of 4WDs, but for all our tenants that rent our 5 club houses on Moreton Island. Now, if you want a 4WD accessory, just click on the link and go straight to the A.R.B. website.( https://www.arb.com.au/ ) .

This weekend is the 3rd round of the S.Q.A.F.C.A Light Gear Titles on Moreton Island. There are 89 members and 11 visitors competing this weekend. Assembly and briefing will be approximately midday Saturday at the R.C.A.A. clubhouse. With 38 4WD members on the Saturday morning barge, you will be better off parking on the beach in front of the R.C.A.A. and V.N.F.C.A clubhouses and walk up to the briefing. There will be nomination prizes and raffles to be drawn at the briefing and a sausage sizzle after the weigh-in Sunday morning. And luck is with us......we have managed to get our hands on 24 rolls of toilet paper – so you are all on rations !!!

I wish everyone the best of luck.

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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Thursday 13th of February 2020
#66 :   Christmas 2019 Break Up
Author  Meade Murphy

South Queensland Amateur Fishing Club’s Association
(S.Q.A.F.C.A) Inc.
ABN: 92 547 184 431
Meade Murphy – Publicity Officer
meade@sqafca.com.au
0411-244-774

February 2020

Christmas 2019 Break Up


Better late than never as the old saying goes!

Redcliffe City Amateur Anglers finally held their Christmas break up trip last weekend, 7th February 2020. This trip was to be held 2 months ago, but due to Moreton Island erupting into a firestorm, due to lack of rain, the trip was cancelled. This time the trip was held in the greatest rain event on Moreton Island since 2015! Some of the 80 members believe if we weren’t a tonne lighter of beer, prawns, food etc. we would have struggled to cross the creeks at low tide Sunday morning 4 hours before the barge was due.

Australia is definitely the land of drought and flooding rains – when it rains, it pours!

This trip was also a special one for the R.C.A.A. to say thank you to the Bulwer Volunteer Fire Fighters. They not only saved our clubhouse, but also the townships of Cowan and Bulwer. These blokes deserve a bravery medal for what they did and as we couldn’t give them that we passed the hat around and raised $1580.00 in a week long raffle amongst ourselves. From the funds raised they purchased a high quality, durable marquee for future sausage sizzles on the island. A big thank you to Bunnings, Rothwell, who also jumped into the community spirit and donated two gas bbq’s. So if you see the volunteer fire fighters out the front of Bulwer, pull up your 4WD and have a snag.

All S.Q.A.F.C.A. clubs would also like to welcome the local Aborigines and thank them for taking back the management of our great island, Moreton. They have told the “old boys” in our club that they will never have to save the townships again as they will perform cold back-burns in winter and reopen the fire access tracks that were shut down to be revegetated by the environmentalists. Better late than never !

Meade Murphy
Publicity Officer

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