New angle on competition
Club sets up catch-and-release challenge for new season
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@ nrmnorth.org.au
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 email@example.com and keep track of the Derwent Valley Gazette Fishing page on Facebook.
Tight Lines until next week.