Don’t see one of these very often

Berkeley River north of Kununurra......and I didn't catch it my wife did, all I did was loose good fish to the oyster rocks and mangrove roots.   But for anyone considering a five star trip (at better than half price if you watch out for specials) then the Berkeley River Lodge is highly recommended but not for your waistline with five course meals every night and huge seafood lunches


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Like to see

Tue, 2020-09-22 18:08

 Just like to see one, one day. On the bucket list, half your luck!



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You're in the right place Adam

Tue, 2020-09-22 18:41

I've never seen a live sawfish but have seen rostrums of them caught in the Airport Creek.  That was back in the early 80s.  I have no idea whether they were protected then.  I see now it is illegal to possess a rostrum as an ornament even if it was captured prior to them being protected. 



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Tue, 2020-09-22 19:24

 Got a big one, over 10 feet, in the net just NE of Cape Naturaliste when fishing down that way, fisheries shark research came down and took measurements  and samples for there records. Furtherst south they have been recorded is in Spencer Gulf in SA.

Have seen small ones free swimming in the Fascine and Miaboorlia creek in Carnarvon. Just recently a group of fishers were caught illegally netting in the river mouth and there was 2 small sawfish in the catch, had the book and its cover thrown at them in court

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The Berkeley and surrounding systems

Tue, 2020-09-22 19:32

Are supposedly the last remaining stronghold for the species though I would have thought the Kimberley generally would hold good stocks .....netting is lethal as the6 quickly become entangled  

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From what I have read

Tue, 2020-09-22 20:21

They are fast becoming quite rare, good to see those that used the net got what was coming to them.
You should feel very privileged to see one in the wild, I beet it was tricky getting the hook out of it's mouth LOL thanks for the picture.

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 Looks to be of a decent size

Wed, 2020-09-23 04:51

 Looks to be of a decent size . Certainly would have been a huge surprise seeing that pop up . 


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Most people don't encounter

Wed, 2020-09-23 06:26

Most people don't encounter them these days as lure fishing has become vogue as opposed to live baiting - used to get one every couple of trips fishing Airport creek

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Vic River

Wed, 2020-09-23 07:04

Used to come across them quite regularly in the Victoria River, however that was 20+ years ago.


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Plenty of these

Wed, 2020-09-23 08:08

 Still around in the king sound. Out from derby.


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Wed, 2020-09-23 13:56

 I saw one diving out from yallingupabout 25 years ago.

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 Regular catch in Fitzroy

Sat, 2020-09-26 06:16

 Regular catch in Fitzroy river, even on lure