Snow mars trout classic
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.
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