Anglers warned of dangerous surf

SURF Life Saving is advising rock fishermen and anglers to take extreme care as dangerous surf conditions are expected to affect most of the NSW coast between today and Tuesday.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected with large waves affecting beaches, rock shelves, cliffs and headlands across the State.

A southerly swell will move northwards, reaching upwards of 3m on South facing beaches/rock platforms, with a significant swell period of up to 16 seconds.

Surf Life Saving NSW urges all rock fishermen to avoid the open coastline and rock platforms over the next few days.

“People should avoid rock fishing on the open coastline, including fishing from rocks, cliffs, headlands, break-walls and river-mouths” said SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey.

Stan Konstantaras from the Recreational Fishing Alliance is warning people not to ‘put their lives on the line’ and should think twice about venturing out for a fish this weekend. “Large waves can appear and wash over a rock-shelf without warning, sweeping any persons in the way into the sea” Konstantaras says.

“Rock fishermen intent on fishing should restrict it to sheltered bays/harbors/inlets. And at all times they should wear a lifejacket” says Konstantaras.

For more on the surf an weather forecasts, check out our local weather section >>>



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