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A mate of mine re­cently caught a 10kg snap­per. Can you tell me its ap­prox­i­mate age? Garry Roth­well Alder­ley

Snap­per is a rel­a­tively slow grow­ing species and its growth rate can vary enor­mously. Most data sug­gest a 10kg snap­per would be be­tween 15 and 20 years old. How­ever, it could be 30 years or more in colder wa­ters.

How much chain should I use on the end of my an­chor rope? Si­mon Clarke, Coomera

As a rule of thumb, the length of chain at­tached to your an­chor should be about the same length as your boat – for a 4m boat use four me­tres of chain. If you are in doubt, it is bet­ter to let out more rope and have more chain than not enough.

I’ve been catch­ing a lot of garfish lately. How many am I al­lowed to keep? Stephen Brown, Nerang.

You can have 50 garfish (com­bined bag limit of all garfish species) in your pos­ses­sion. There is no min­i­mum size on them.

What is the best time of year to go fish­ing for barramundi in any of the barra lakes in south­east Queens­land? Damien Thompson, Ip­swich

Novem­ber is the month the barra are most ac­tive in the dams clos­est to Bris­bane. The best tech­nique is to ei­ther troll hard body lures on the edge of the lilies or cast soft plas­tics into the chan­nels be­tween the lily beds at half light, at day­light and dusk.

 ??  ?? ALL TIED UP: Clint Bald­win caught a feed of mud crabs at Jump­in­pin.
ALL TIED UP: Clint Bald­win caught a feed of mud crabs at Jump­in­pin.

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