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Saltwater Fishing Regulations

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Saltwater bag and size limits

Bag limit: The maximum number of fish or invertebrates per person per day. A maximum daily bag limit of 20 applies to any fish or invertebrate not included in the tables below. Protected and threatened species cannot be taken.

* Bag limit comprised of any single species or a combination of listed grouped species.

Possession limit: The maximum number of fish a person is allowed to have in their possession at any one time. This includes fish that are also stored elsewhere e.g. in fridge/freezer. For the following species or species groupings; Australian Bass and Estuary Perch, Bream and Tarwhine, Flathead species (except Dusky), Tailor, Luderick, Trevallies and Blue Swimmer Crab, the possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

For all other saltwater species, including Dusky Flathead, the possession limit is the bag limit.

Finfish bag and size limits

SpeciesSize limits or legal length (cm)Bag limit

Australian Bass & Estuary Perch

Australian Bass
Australian bass

Closed season in rivers and estuaries May – August incl.

Only 1 over 35cm2 in total *, 4 in possession

Estuary Perch
Estuary perch

Closed season in rivers and estuaries May – August incl.

Australian Salmon

Australian Salmon
Australian salmon
5

Blue Drummer

Blue Drummer
Blue Drummer

0 – release only

Lord Howe Marine Park 5

Bonito

Bonito
Bonito
10

Bream & Tarwhine

Bream (Black/Southern)
black/southern

25 cm

10 in total *. 20 in possession.
Bream (Yellowfin)
Yellowfin Bream
25 cm
Tarwhine
Tarwhine
20 cm

Cobia

Cobia
Cobia
5

Deep-sea fish

Hapuku (Hapuka) 
Harpuka

5 in total *, gemfish: only 2 and boat trip limit of 10
Banded Rock Cod (Bar Cod)
barcod
Bass Groper
Bass Groper
Gemfish
gemfish
Blue-Eye Trevalla (Cod)
blue-eye cod

Dogfish

Dogfish
Dog Fish
  
Harrisson’s0
Southern0
All other2 in total*

Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish)

Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish)
Dolphinfish
60 cm, only 1 over 110 cm10

Eels

Eels (Shortfin and Longfin)
Eels (Short and longfinned)

(Southern Shortfin) 30cm

(Longfin) 58cm

(Southern Shortfin) 10

(Longfin) 10

Flathead

Flathead (Dusky) common
Dusky flathead

36cm, only 1 over 70cm

10

Flathead (Bluespotted)
Flathead (sand)

33 cm10 in total *. 20 in possession.

Flathead (Tiger)
Flathead (tiger)

Flounder & Sole

Flounder and Sole
Flounder
25cm (0 for Sole)20 in total *

Garfish

Garfish (Eastern Sea)
Garfish
20

Groper

Groper (Blue, Brown, Red)
Blue groper
Red groper
30cm, only 1 over 60cm2 in total*, by line only

Hairtail

Hairtail
Hairtail
10

Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket
Leatherjackets
20 in total *

Luderick

Luderick
Luderick
27 cm10. 20 in possession.

Mackerel

Mackerel (Spanish)
Mackerel (Spanish)

(Spanish) 75cm

5 in total *

Mackerel (Spotted)
Mackerel (Spotted)
(Spotted) 60cm

Mangrove Jack

Mangrove Jack
Mangrove Jack
5

Marlin

Marlin (Striped)
Marlin (striped)

1 of each species
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (black)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (blue)

Morwong

Morwong, Grey (Rubberlip)
Rubberlip morwong
30cm10
Morwong (Jackass)
Jackass morwong
30cm10
Morwong (Red)
Morwong (Red)
30cm5

Morwong (Banded)
Morwong banded

5

Moses Snapper

Moses Snapper (Moses Perch)
Moses perch
5

Mullet

Mullet
Mullet

Small (poddy) Under 15 cm

20 in total* for live bait only

Sea (bully) only 30 cm20 in total*

Mulloway

Mulloway
Mulloway

70 cm1

Pearl Perch

Pearl Perch
 Pearl perch
30 cm5

Eastern Red Scorpionfish (Red Rock Cod)

Eastern Red Scorpionfish (Red Rock Cod)
Red rock cod (Scorpionfish)
5

Rock Blackfish (Black Drummer)

Rock Blackfish (Black Drummer)
Eastern rock blackfish
30 cm10

Sailfish

Sailfish
Sailfish
1

Samson & Amberjack

Samsonfish
Samsonfish

Amberjack
Amberjack

5 in total*

Australian Sawtail

Australian Sawtail
Australian Sawtail
5

Sharks and rays

Shark (Wobbegong)
Wobbegong shark

0 for wobbegong (release only).
Shark (Mako)
Shark (Mako)

5 in total*. Only 1 tiger, mako, hammerhead # or whaler/ blue shark.

# Only smooth hammerheads may be taken. Great and scalloped hammerheads are protected species in NSW and must be released immediately with minimal harm.

Shark (School)
School shark
91 cm
Shark (Whaler)
Shark (Whaler)

Snapper

Snapper
Snapper
30 cm10

Spearfish

Spearfish, Shortbill
Shortbill spearfish
1

Swordfish

Swordfish
Swordfish
1

Tailor

Tailor
Tailor
30 cm10. 20 in possession.

Teraglin

Teraglin
Teraglin
38 cm5

Trevallies

Trevallies
Trevallies
(silver trevally only) 30 cm10 in total*. 20 in possession.

Tuna

Tuna (Albacore)
albacore

90 cm or above

Less than 90 cm

2 in total *

5 in total*

Tuna (Bigeye)
Bigeye Tuna
Tuna (Longtail)
Longtail tuna
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowfin tuna
Tuna (Southern Bluefin)
southern bluefin
1

Wahoo

Wahoo
Wahoo
5

Whiting

Whiting
Sand Whiting
(sand only) 27 cm20 in total*

Yellowtail Kingfish

Yellowtail Kingfish
Kingfish
65 cm5

* Bag limit comprised of any single species or a combination of listed grouped species.

original article retrieved from https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs/saltwater-bag-and-size-limits

 

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