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Rock Fishing Causes Many Deaths In Australia

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Rock fishing can bring a good deal of nice sized fish into your hands, but it is also very dangerous. It is one of the most dangerous sports in Australia, with mostly Asians getting killed.

It is a very high-risk sport, with anglers standing on rock platforms in the ocean, with large waves crashing down on them. Anglers are willing to take the risk with a chance of bringing in better fish than what they can catch from the beach.

Rock fishing can be done with a rod and reel and line, or line only. Fishers who are rock fishing use an umbrella rig in the spring, and use bait fish, such as perch and bluegill, in the summer and fall.

The most recent figures for the 2009-2010 season show that of the 82 coastal drowning deaths in Australia, almost one-quarter were from rock fishing and most were from an Asian background.

Last month, two Chinese men drowned after being swept off the rocks in Sydney harbour.

Have you ever been Rock Fishing or know anyone who has?

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