Farewell to club stalwart
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.