Lo­cals tri­umph in chal­lenge

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

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.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Der­went Val­ley Gazette Fish­ing page on Face­book.

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