Tagged fish proves its value

AWESOME: This red emperor, caught at the tip of Fraser Island, was first caught ten years ago.
AWESOME: This red emperor, caught at the tip of Fraser Island, was first caught ten years ago. Contributed

A RED emperor caught off Inskip Pt and tagged 10 years ago has been recaptured at the tip of Fraser Island.

Weekly fishing contributor Tony Stewart (pictured) from the Rainbow Beach Fishing Centre was the angler who first caught the red in 2004.

This week Mr Stewart was notified by Australian National Sportfishing Association that the fish he caught, tagged and released in 2004 had been recaptured more than 10 years later.

It is the longest timeframe recorded between captures of the red emperor species.


He said he is currently the second largest tagger in Queensland and had tagged more than 11,000 fish over the past 17 years on his boat Baitrunner.

Mr Stewart tagged the red emperor on June 15, 2004, near the Wide Bay Bar and it was recaptured on December 27, 2014, by a woman off Indian Head.

ANSA informed Mr Stewart about the recapture and how much the fish had developed over the 10 years.

In 2004 the emperor was around 44cm long.

When measured on recapture it had grown by 75-80cm and weighed in at 6.5kg.

Mr Stewart said the emperor had travelled around 98km north-east past Fraser Island.

"To survive in the ocean for that amount of time was no mean feat," Mr Stewart said.

Mr Stewart is an advocate of fish tagging.

"It is imperative to report a tagged species in order to gain more knowledge and study how the fish grow."

He said tagging helped researchers make new discoveries about a diverse range of fish species.

"It is a constant learning curve and will provide valuable information for years to come. Hopefully this will make other people aware of the importance of the tagging program."

Mr Stewart had caught bigger reds, some which had been tagged for about six years.

Some of those fish had moved 170km north and two weighed in at more than 8kg.

He encourages others to join him in the task of tagging for future information so that information will be of use to all fishermen in the future.

Gympie Times

Topics:  fish fishing fraser island outdoor-living red emperor

Outcry after students directed to gay sex websites

MP blasts inclusion of links to clubs, backrooms, gay saunas

Rocking gig underway

READY TO ROCK: Hoo8hoo take to the stage.

Rush concert underway

Drug driving: back pain and sentence negotiations

A flowering cannabis plant. File Photo.

Man in court for using marijuana for pain four days before driving

Local Partners

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.