Recreational fishers will have to pay more for their fishing licences from this weekend as the NSW government pushes up fees.
As the fishing picks up with spring about to start, the Department of Primary Industries will lift the cost of a yearly fishing permit by $5 to $35 from Sunday.
DPI director of recreational and indigenous fisheries Peter Turnell said the rise was in line with the Consumer Price Index, and was the first increase since 2005.
"Fishers can be assured that their contributions have been put to fantastic use for the recreational fishing sector," he said.
"Fishers are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee.
"This applies when line fishing, spear fishing, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters."
As the afternoon tide came in under the Windang Bridge yesterday, Oak Flats resident Ken Hladik was having a little luck landing luderick on green weed.
Perhaps it was the fish in his bucket, the calm of the lake, or the fact he had just bought a yearly licence, but he was not troubled by the coming price rise.
"If you want to fish, you've got to pay," he said.
"I work so I'll pay for it.
"I don't like to see people catching fish and I've got a licence and they haven't ... $30 is nothing - you can't even buy a case
of beer for that."
Mr Turnell said all money raised from licences was put towards fishing services and enforcement.
"Money raised from the recreational fishing fee is placed into the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust, which reinvests the funds into a range of worthwhile recreational fishing projects such as fish stocking, a community grants program for fish habitat restoration work, and essential research to improve recreational fishing," Mr Turnell said.