Farewell to club stal­wart

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - – JUSTIN CAUSBY

ROD RY­DER Jan­uary 8, 1929 – Au­gust 22, 2015

THE angling com­mu­nity sadly said good­bye to one of its best last month.

Rod Ry­der was one of the best known faces at the New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion. Ev­ery­one knew him and there wasn’t an event where you wouldn’t see his smil­ing face.

Rod Ry­der was awarded life mem­ber­ship of the NNLAA in 1983 and in that year also awarded the same hon­our by the South­ern Tas­ma­nian Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion, where he was a del­e­gate for the NNLAA for many years.

Rod was part of the NNLAA com­mit­tee for al­most 30 years and served as vice pres­i­dent in 1992-93. He was an in­te­gral part of the club and you wouldn’t go to many com­pe­ti­tions, club func­tions or club work days with­out see­ing Rod.

Rod was a very good an­gler and took out the heav­i­est fish award three times in 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1994-95 with some very im­pres­sive fish of 5.315, 3.385 and 6.585kg.

In re­cent years Rod didn’t do a great deal of fish­ing af­ter the clo­sure of his beloved Lake Cres­cent due to the carp out­break.

His fam­ily had a shack on the lake’s south­west shore and the tra­di­tion of row­ing baits out into the lake no doubt ac­counted for those big fish over the years.

More re­cently the NNLAA Ju­nior Pond was one of Rod’s favourite places, I’m sure. He loved spend­ing time teach­ing his grand­son Aaron how to fish and was a joy to watch at ev­ery ju­nior day. There was one day in par­tic­u­lar which ev­ery­one there will re­mem­ber.

Rod and young Aaron had picked out a lure to use and they were set up in their usual favourite spot. Well, Aaron hooked a mon­ster that day. It took quite a bat­tle to land it safely. The fish weighed in at more than 10kg . It was big­ger than any­thing Rod had even caught at Lake Cres­cent. I think ev­ery­one present would agree that Rod was the proud­est grand­fa­ther you were ev­ery likely see.

Rod Ry­der will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.