Rock fishing file photograph.
Rock fishing file photograph. Trevor Veale

Warning to rock fishers

DANGEROUS surf conditions forecast for the next few days have Surf Life Saving NSW issuing a warning to rock fishers.

A South/South Easterly swell of up to 2.5m impacting the NSW coastline poses a high level of risk on rocks and platforms.

In a statement issued by Surf Life Saving NSW, lifesaving Manager Dean Storey warned that the long periods of time between larger 'set' waves can be deceptively dangerous.

"A safe-looking fishing spot may in fact be under water when those larger set waves come through," he said.

Surf Life Saving NSW advises rock fishermen to avoid fishing on the open coast in the next few days, and to check tides, swell, and weather conditions and be on the look out for any changes in those conditions.

Rock Fishermen are also advised to wear lifejackets and non-slip footwear, to carry a mobile phone, and to fish with a friend - never alone.

Never turn your back on the sea, and if you have any doubts, don't go out, the statement warns.

For rock fishing safety information, go to www.beachsafe.org.au.



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