Locals triumph in challenge
THE popular Derwent River Interclub Challenge was run and won last weekend in testing fishing conditions.
The river was and still is holding fresh and dirty water and for some it was tough going but for others fishing was sensational.
It seemed the upper and lower reaches of the river saw the majority of better fish falling to a mix of bait and soft plastic lures.
Overall 84 trout were weighed in with a total weight of 59.815kg.
The New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association successfully defended the Interclub Shield winning with a big fivefish total weight of 12.126kg.
The Lake Pedder Angling Club finished in second with 4.730kg and Bridgewater Angling Club finished third with 2.379kg.
NNLAA member Adrian Slater won the heaviest trout award for the seniors with a big male brown trout weighing 2.663kg.
Corey Keleher won the heaviest for the juniors with a big female weighing 3.852kg.
Brendon Keleher with a 2.082kg catch, Ben Lee with 1.771kg and Laurie Harrison with 1.758kg rounded out New Norfolk’s top five club winners.
Other notable nice fish were Justin Causby’s 1.468kg, James Tassell’s 1.249kg and Peter Glowacki’s 1.196kg fish.
For the NNLAA standalone competition 59 trout were weighed in with a total weight of 52.706kg.
The average weight was .893kg and Hannah Crosswell won this with one at .926kg.
Adrian and Corey also won the club senior and junior heaviest trout awards.
Ben Lee, who again weighed in some nice trout, won the prize for the longest total length of five fish at 272cm.
A big thanks to the NNLAA club committee members for helping organise the competition and to all clubs and members who attended the event.
A special thanks to Dannika’s Cart, Spot On Fishing Connection, Rod and Range Sports, Williams Outdoors, Gilbert’s Garage, Bob Jane TMarts, Tassie Devil and Cranka Lures, Riseley Trout Flies and all valued sponsors for providing prizes for the competition.
The NNLAA is running a junior fishing day at Bushy Park on September 10 and I will touch base on this again in next week’s report.
As reported the Derwent is a bit dirty and the river has had a lot of fresh water flowing through it.
Not much rain is forecast for the week ahead and fishing will definitely improve once the water settles and slows down.
When a lot of fresh water comes into a river, the upper or lower reaches or mouths of rivers are good areas to fish.
Trout get pushed lower and towards river mouths — or they will target one because it’s an easy place to get food.
I have seen and heard of some nice Atlantic salmon caught from the lower Derwent river around Lauderdale with some fat females to 4kg fought and landed.
It’s not uncommon to see them and they often escape from farms and show up within schools of sea-run trout from late August through to September-October.
Woods Lake is still offering good bags of healthy brown trout and Clarence Lagoon has also produced some nicely conditioned brook trout recently on hard body lures.
Tight lines until next week.
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