Interclub event returns
THE New Norfolk Licensed Angling Association will host the Derwent River Interclub Challenge this weekend.
The popular trout fishing event is open to all clubs and members of the Southern Tasmanian Licensed Angling Association.
The winner of the Interclub Shield is determined by the club who weighs in the heaviest bag of five trout.
The NNLAA would like to thank Donna Barratt from Dannika’s Cart for making and donating the five individual team and club winning trophies for this year’s event.
To enter you must be a financial member of the NNLAA or an affiliated STLAA club.
Entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for juniors. It’s important that everyone pays the fee because it automatically enters you in the Fishermans Pie prize draw, with more than $1000 worth of prizes to be given away, including a $300 rod and reel package.
Quality tackle bags and fishing gear, with many different types of lures, lines and flyfishing gear including flies and boxes, as well as gift vouchers and more, are also among the prizes.
Individual trophies will also be given for the heaviest trout in the adult and junior sections and also a prize to the angler with the longest total length of five trout.
Remember the catch, measure and release option, taking pictures for proof at the weigh in.
The competition is run as a not for profit event with money raised to be donated to a charity or a similar cause.
This year a raffle is also being drawn with the first prize a Daiwa reel and Shimano rod worth $300.
Fishing boundaries are from the Tasman Bridge to Meadowbank Dam with the competition starting at 12.01am on Saturday.
The weigh in and barbecue is on Sunday at the Rotunda on the New Norfolk Esplanade between 1-2pm.
If you’re interested in NNLAA club memberships, you can purchase them at Williams Outdoors/New Norfolk Gun Shop or the NNLAA can sort you out at club weigh ins.
The Derwent River has had a lot of fresh water running through it over the last fort- night and hopefully the weather will hold up.
Trout have been biting baits on the bottom on a changing tide and as the water clears fish will feed harder and show more interest in lures.
It will be a great weekend either way and good luck to all clubs and anglers who enter.
If you filled out the 2016-17 freshwater angler survey from the Inland Fisheries Service, you might be interested to know some of the results.
Five thousand forms were sent out with a reply rate of about 17 per cent.
The top 10 fisheries with the highest catch rates for the 2016-17 season were the Liffey River, Lake King William, Lake Echo, the Tyenna River, Laughing Jack Lagoon, St Patricks River, Lake Rowallan, Lake Ada, Meadowbank Lake and Lake Burbury.
The most popular fishery was Great Lake, with Arthurs and Woods Lake rounding out the top three, and Penstock and Bronte Lagoon joining the top five.
The Derwent was the most popular river with the Mersey, South Esk, Meander and Tyenna rivers also standouts.
Tight lines until next week.
FISH FEAST: A great brace of trout caught from Bronte Lagoon by Damien and Hilton Howard and Anthony Mayne last Saturday.
NICE WORK: One of the trophies for the 2017-18 Derwent River Interclub Challenge, made and donated by Donna Barratt from Dannika’s Cart.