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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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