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Tips for safe fishing this summer

23 Dec 2016

Be safe this summer with the help of the Bureau of Meteorology’s tips and tools.

No matter where you are, make sure you don’t get caught out by the weather.

The Bureau’s Tide Prediction portal has recently been upgraded to provide predicted tide heights and times for over 700 locations around Australia. Check the extended weather forecast and the tides a few days before your fishing trip, to help inform where the safest place to go fishing is and when.

The Bureau's graphical mapping tool MetEye can be used to visualise the weather forecast and zoom to any location. MetEye provides information on the height and direction of different swell conditions, as well as wind waves and total wave height.

Rock fishing is a popular recreational activity but it’s also one of Australia’s most dangerous sports. The Bureau has developed a guide on how to use MetEye for rock fishing. Rock fishers can also read up on a new blog that outlines how and when to check the weather for rock fishers planning their next fishing trip. The Bureau recommends three vital weather safety checks: tides, waves and winds.

The Bureau's new mobile app 'BOM Weather' can be downloaded for free and used to check warnings, view the rain radar for current conditions, or to check the forecast for storms or strong winds.

Australian’s enjoy the great outdoors all year round - stay safe by making the most of the Bureau's tools and tips. For further information visit