Fes­tive fun the prize catch

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

THE New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion held its an­nual Christ­mas bar­be­cue in su­perb con­di­tions at the Ro­tunda on the New Nor­folk Es­planade last Sun­day.

Mem­bers and fam­i­lies shared great food with presents and lolly bags given out to the kids.

Thanks went to NNLAA mem­bers that came along and also the women who went out of their way to bring sal­ads and desserts.

The com­mit­tee also thanks mem­bers/vol­un­teers and spon­sors for their sup­port through­out 2017.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has a break over Christ­mas/New Year and the next club com­pe­ti­tion will be Fe­bru­ary 17-18 next year.

Also, don’t for­get the monthly com­pe­ti­tions and weigh­ing in trout at Wil­liams Out­doors to have a chance at win­ning a monthly prize.

Places worth a fish for trout over the break are Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Lake Ped­der, Lake Cres­cent, Lake Echo and Lake King Wil­liam.

Re­mem­ber stocked At­lantic salmon in wa­ters like Mead­ow­banks and Craig­bourne Dam, which also have healthy pop­u­la­tions of trout.

Black bream are bit­ing in the Der­went River and are al­ways great fun to catch.

Bream will read­ily take baits fished on the bot­tom such as small bait fish, crabs or shrimp/prawns and they will also take most sim­i­lar pro­file soft plas­tics or hard bod­ied lures fished su­per slow.

Re­ports of yel­low tail king fish in the Der­went Es­tu­ary have an­glers ex­cited with men- tion of kin­gies seen swim­ming in schools around Ho­bart wharves, the Tas­man Bridge and off Bel­lerive Bluff.

Kin­gies fol­low and feed on Aus­tralian salmon and squid so find these fish to give your­self the best chance of catch­ing some.

When tar­get­ing kin­gies up­size all your gear due to their strength and fight­ing ca­pa­bili- ties and also tar­get them us­ing large lures and metal slices/jigs or baits like whole squid heads in­clud­ing ten­ta­cles or a live Salmon out un­der a float/bal­loon.

The an­nual Australia Day Trout Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion run by the Lake Ped­der Angling Club is on at Lake Ped­der from Jan­uary 24-28. The ma­jor prize is an­other 13ft (3.96m) boat with a 25 hp mo­tor and sec­ond prize a kayak with a depth sounder.

For more com­pe­ti­tion de­tails check the Lake Ped­der An­glers Club Face­book page and for book­ings and camp­ing op­tions ring the Ped­der Wilder­ness Lodge on 03 62801166.

An­other com­pe­ti­tion worth a men­tion is the 7HO Der­went River Flat­head Clas­sic on Jan­uary 13.

It’s a char­ity event for kids that also con­nects to de­pres­sion aware­ness and specif­i­cally the or­gan­i­sa­tion SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.

If in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing check this web­site for more de­tails www.sports fish­tas.org.au/ flat­head­clas­sic

With the hol­i­days ap­proach­ing a lot of peo­ple are plan­ning trips away and with ex­tra ac­tiv­ity also comes ex­tra risks.

What­ever your plans are take care, es­pe­cially on the roads, and al­ways be aware of the fire risks over the re­main­ing months of sum­mer.

Have a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.

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