Dangerous surf conditions prompts warning for anglers

The death of a fisherman has sparked a warning for rock fishermen and anglers to be aware of dangerous surf conditions.

A 46-year-old man’s body was found one kilometre north of Miners Beach in Port Macquarie on Sunday after fishing equipment was found on rocks at Lighthouse Road.

Marine Area Command Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings said the incident highlighted the need for anglers to be vigilant when they venture onto rocks.

‘‘Extreme caution should be exercised whenever you are near the waterline but, with bigger surf conditions, anglers need to constantly consider their location and availability of safety equipment,’’ Detective Superintendent Hutchings said.

“The message is clear: it could be very risky to be rock fishing along the coast in coming days.Advice for rock fishermen and anglers:

■ Always wear a life jacket and appropriate shoes;

■ Check the current tides, swell and likely weather forecasts for the time you intend to be out;

■ Have a careful look at conditions before venturing onto a rock platform, continue to monitor for any deterioration in conditions; and

■ Never fish by yourself.