Snow mars trout clas­sic

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

IT’S been a wet start to sum­mer af­ter a record-break­ing heat­wave in Novem­ber.

More than 100mm of rain and 40cm of snow fell in some places around the state last week­end and plenty of sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions had to be can­celled.

Tas­ma­nian Trout Clas­sic An­glers woke Sunday morn­ing at Great Lake (not Arthurs Lake as re­ported last week) to see ev­ery­thing cov­ered in snow and, along with con­sis­tent rain, con­di­tions were not safe to be fish­ing.

An­glers man­aged to get out on Satur­day in what were also mis­er­able con­di­tions. Lit­tle did they know that this one day’s fish­ing would ul­ti­mately de­cide the win­ners of the 2017 Pe­tuna Tas­ma­nian Trout Clas­sic.

Team Sh­ef­frock — Shane Diprose and Shane Camp­bell — won first place in the third round with a to­tal length of 473cm.

With day two can­celled be­cause of the weather, this meant Team Platy­pus — Bren­dan Ayers and Josh Wil­liams — who fin­ished third in the last round, won over­all hon­ours and Team of the Year.

Fin­ish­ing in sec­ond spot were Team Zip Baits Tas­ma­nia/Mad Keen Fish­ing’s Shane Ling and Michael Alexan­der and fin­ish­ing in third spot was Team Bronte Park Store an­glers Peter Glowacki and Peter Reid.

Team Tillins Fish­ing — Scott and Zane Grey — fin­ished in fourth and round­ing out the top five plac­ings were Team Old Crankas, Lau­rie Har­ri­son and Martin Exel.

The 2017 Aus­tralian Fly Fish­ing Cham­pi­onships were held in the Cen­tral High­lands last week, with some of the best fly an­glers in the coun­try tak­ing part.

Some su­perb fish­ing was had in five com­pet­i­tive ses­sions. In­di­vid­ual points were earned from catches with the high­est to­tal at the end of com­pe­ti­tion con­firm­ing the na­tional winner. Congratulations to Tas­ma­nia’s Christo­pher Bas­sano who is the 2017 na­tional cham­pion af­ter he caught and re­leased 53 trout fin­ish­ing on 60 points.

In a su­perb ef­fort he caught 22 more fish than sec­ond spot’s Tom Jar­man from Victoria, who fin­ished on 31 fish and 57 points.

Fin­ish­ing in third spot was Max Verashaka (Vic, 54 points) with David Hem­phill (NSW, 51 points) and Daniel Ringer (Vic, 48 points) round­ing out the top five places.

Well done to Tas­ma­nia’s Jonathan Stagg and Ja­son Gar­rett Jr for fin­ish­ing sev­enth and eighth, with Josh Flow­ers (11th), Tim Ur­banc (12th), and Tim Strong (13th) also fly­ing the flag for Tas­ma­nia.

The New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing it’s an­nual Christ­mas bar­be­cue at the New Nor­folk Ro­tunda this Sunday from 11am-2pm.

All mem­bers and fam­i­lies are in­vited to cel­e­brate fish­ing and the fes­tive sea­son. Bring your fish­ing gear if you are keen for a cast and ex­pect a visit from a cer­tain fes­tive fa­ther fig­ure. Re­fresh­ments for adults and chil­dren will be avail­able. It would be ap­pre­ci­ated if fam­i­lies could bring a small wrapped gift to add to the give­aways for the kids.

Tight lines un­til next week.

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

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