Rock fishing can be hazardous ... check the weather before you go!
Be careful of the following ... just one, or a combination, could be hazardous.
Step 1. Check when high tide is: High tide can cover your rock fishing spot with water. Rising tides and high tides make waves break onto rock fishing locations. You may get trapped or swept off the rock by a high tide.
Step 2. Check for large waves: Large seas or swell waves can be hazardous. You may get swept off your rock fishing spot by large waves.
Step 3. Check for strong winds: Strong winds can create hazardous waves or push you off wet, slippery rocks.
1. Check the Bureau's guide on 'How to use MetEye for rock fishing'.
2. Check for Severe Weather Warnings: for abnormally high tide, damaging winds and/or damaging surf.
See: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings/ (not available for Victoria).
3. Check Coastal Waters Forecast: for winds above 15 knots, and seas or swell greater than 1.5m. In NSW and QLD, also look for the messages
"Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing."
"Caution: Deceptively powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing."
Please be aware that wind gusts and maximum waves can reach double the forecasted figure.
4. Check Tide Predictions: for rising tides and high tides.
To stay safe when rock fishing, Surf Life Saving Australia recommends: