What should I wear when I go rock fishing?
It is important to have the correct fishing safety gear & equipment to ensure you are fishing safely.
What items should I pack to keep me safe while rock fishing?
Always wear an approved life jacket, it may save your life if you fall in the water. In some areas it is the law to wear a lifejacket when rock fishing. You may be fined for not wearing one. Make sure you know how to use your lifejacket – many drownings occur because people do not know how to use their safety equipment.
Non slip shoes & light clothing
Non-slip footwear is essential on wet, slippery rocks. Do not wear gum boots or waders as these will fill with water and make you sink quickly. Heavy clothing can become waterlogged, and it will make it very difficult to stay afloat if you fall in.
Rope or floatation device
Most rock fishing spots will have an angel ring available to use in an emergency. Bringing your own rope or floatation device can be useful in cases of an emergency to rescue or pull someone out of the water. Always be prepared.
"I almost lost my life... now I always wear a lifejacket"
Watch this video from the Department of Communities and Justice NSW to hear more about Greg Finney's story.