The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - with Justin Causby

I SIT here writ­ing to­day with a lit­tle bit of sad­ness be­cause this will be my fi­nal fish­ing col­umn with the Der­went Val­ley Gazette.

It’s a task I’ve un­der­taken for al­most 10 years now, and in that time I’m thank­ful for all the new faces and peo­ple I’ve met.

There are sev­eral mem­o­ries I’ll take from this.

I en­joy noth­ing more than talk­ing about and shar­ing the River Der­went fish­ery right on our doorstep. It’s a world-class fish­ery, both with sea-run and res­i­dent trout.

The first three months of the sea­son you will not find bet­ter fish any­where. The fish are fit and strong and in in­cred­i­ble con­di­tion. They eat well, and as a sport fish there are none bet­ter when it comes to trout.

The Der­went is Aus­tralia’s best bream fish­ery, with the big­gest fish in the coun­try, hold­ing ev­ery na­tional ABT record ex­cept one.

And early next year the ABT is bring­ing the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion back to Tassie, which will at­tract the best an­glers from around Aus­tralia chas­ing these renowned fish.

I’ve had a cou­ple of high­lights on the Der­went, qual­i­fy­ing for the ABT Su­per Se­ries Top 10 on Day 3.

Feel­ing a lit­tle over­whelmed as the only non­spon­sored an­gler in my lit­tle 3.9m tinny, the rest of the guys were run­ning 200hp-plus boats cov­ered in spon­sor lo­gos.

I man­aged to fin­ish sev­enth, and it was a real in­sight into tour­na­ment fish­ing.

A cou­ple of years later, fish­ing with Mar­cus Popowski, we led a round of the lo­cal Clas­sic Se­ries af­ter Day 1 with a 6.690kg five-fish bag, which at the time I be­lieve was the sixth heav­i­est ever in Aus­tralia. It prob­a­bly still stands be­cause re­cent years have not achieved those sizes again.

But with­out doubt my sin­gle favourite thing is get­ting kids’ faces into the Gazette. Their smiles as they hold up their fish are very re­ward­ing, and I’m sure they love to see them there.

There are so many ju­nior an­glers around the Val­ley, and I hope we can con­tinue to see many more of them in print over the years.

Re­port­ing on the char­ity work of the lo­cal angling club, the New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion, has also been very sat­is­fy­ing. Be­ing part of that club and rais­ing money for some very de­serv­ing young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity has been ex­tremely re­ward­ing.

See­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion on the faces of those peo­ple makes me very proud.

And then the harder things, writ­ing about some mem­o­rable peo­ple who are no longer with us, most re­cently club leg­end and life mem­ber Rod Ry­der.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who has shared info and sent in or al­lowed me to use photos over the years.

And to any­one who has said “thank you” to me, it ac­tu­ally means some­thing to hear that. I’ve en­joyed it, and these ex­pe­ri­ences will al­ways be re­mem­bered.

I wish Adam Rice all the best as the new writer. I’m cer­tain he will do a fine job.

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