New an­gle on com­pe­ti­tion

Club sets up catch-and-re­lease chal­lenge for new sea­son

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - With Adam Rice

WITH a lit­tle over a week be­fore the start of the 2017-18 Tas­ma­nian trout fish­ing sea­son, ex­cite­ment is build­ing for the open­ing week­end.

As usual the weather has closed in and an­other blast of snow is pre­dicted for the com­ing week­end.

Though rain is needed, hope­fully the weather set­tles, al­low­ing every­one to plan their open­ing week­end mis­sions with­out any re­stric­tions.

The New Nor­folk Li­censed An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion (NNLAA) and its new board/com­mit­tee are proud to have kept the lo­cal club and its tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tion cal­en­dar go­ing this trout sea­son.

A few changes have been made that come into ef­fect on the open­ing week­end, one be­ing an added new catc­hand-re­lease com­pe­ti­tion.

This will be run dur­ing ev­ery club cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion ex­cept the Wayne Perkins Memo­rial teams event and it will con­nect to the end-of-year con­sis­tency tro­phy.

Com­pet­ing mem­bers need to take pho­tos of the length of five trout on a brag mat or sim­i­lar and the pic­ture needs to also show the date and time. This is a strict rule and trout are to be mea­sured from the end of their nose to the fork in their tail.

If mem­bers still want to keep trout that’s okay be­cause fish can be mea­sured at club weigh-ins.

Pop­u­lar monthly com­pe­ti­tions are also back, which run aside from in­di­vid­ual club cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tions. They al­low any club mem­ber the op­por­tu­nity to catch and weigh in a nice trout with the chance of win­ning an award through­out all the months of the sea­son.

To pur­chase NNLAA club mem­ber­ships and to weigh in trout for NNLAA club monthly com­pe­ti­tions, go to Wil­liams Out­doors in High St, New Nor­folk. I will touch on more club news next week and try and give tips on where to go on open­ing week­end. THE east­ern gam­bu­sia is an in­tro­duced pest fish which has been found in Tas­ma­nia’s Ta­mar River and the Ta­mar es­tu­ary.

Gam­bu­sia are small and the fe­males grow up to 6cm long and the males about 3cm.

They are ag­gres­sive and they eat small na­tive fish and frogs and are go­ing to be hard to erad­i­cate with­out dam­ag­ing the ecosys­tem in the Ta­mar River Con­ser­va­tion Area.

The In­land Fish­eries Ser­vice and the uni­ver­si­ties of Tas­ma­nia and South Aus­tralia plus NRN North have de­vel­oped a ge­netic con­trol tech- nique which makes fe­male fish only give birth to males.

This is called the “Tro­jan Y” strat­egy and as­sess­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity of this sex re­ver­sal process is the next step in the process of erad­i­ca­tion.

The aim is to de­velop this strat­egy fur­ther and to use it to pro­gres­sively breed out the wild pop­u­la­tion of gam­bu­sia in the Ta­mar River. A PUB­LIC meet­ing next month is an op­por­tu­nity to hear from lo­cal, state and in­ter­state ex­perts about the im­por­tance of fish habi­tat. It’s a chance to ex­change ideas and get in­volved in hands-on lo­cal pro­jects to im­prove our own fish habi­tats in Tas­ma­nia.

The event is on Satur­day, Au­gust 19 from 9.30am to 4pm at The Grange, 4 Com­mon­wealth Lane, Camp­bell Town.

If in­ter­ested con­tact NRM North Ad­min­is­tra­tion on 03 6333 7777 or email ad­min@ nrm­

Places are lim­ited and reg­is­tra­tions (in­clud­ing any di­etary re­quire­ments) need to be in by Fri­day, Au­gust 11. En­try is free, with morn­ing tea, lunch and trans­port to visit a field site also in­cluded. SEND in your fish­ing re­ports, pics and tips to val­ley­ and keep track of the Der­went Val­ley Gazette Fish­ing page on Face­book.

Tight Lines un­til next week.

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