Deniliquin RSL Iron Jack Fishing Classic participants made work for compliance officers easy over the course of the fishing competition, according to local NSW Maritime boating safety officer Travis Edwards.
NSW Maritime and Deniliquin Police conducted a joint operation of the Edward River at Deniliquin during the event, and Mr Edwards said non-compliance with rules and regulations was very low.
‘‘We only had a couple of minor safety gear issues, but the behaviour overall was really good,’’ Mr Edwards said.
‘‘Entrants in fishing competitions like this one are usually good with compliance, as it is a condition of participating.
‘‘It was great to be on the water and spending time with anglers sitting around waiting for a bite, and a lot of people took the opportunity to ask us questions.’’
Mr Edwards said one area of regulation that did require more education was new lifejacket rules introduced only two years ago.
‘‘The only message we would want to reinforce is that on New South Wales waters, anyone in a boat on their own must wear a lifejacket,’’ Mr Edwards said.
‘‘This includes when they are anchored, or moving.
‘‘We find that some of the long-term anglers are not aware of this new rule, and when they are stationary think they can take their lifejacket off.
‘‘Inflatable lifejackets are starting to get very popular, because they are lightweight, and we remind people these need to be serviced every 12 months.’’
Deniliquin Police Commander Superintendent Paul Condon said it was pleasing that no major incidents were reported to police throughout the competition.
■More Fishing Classic coverage on pages 10 and 11 today, and even more will be included in Friday’s Pastoral Times.