In­ter­club event re­turns

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - with Adam Rice Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Der­went Val­ley Gazette Fish­ing page on Face­book.

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.

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