Winning ways celebrated
THE New Norfolk Licensed Angling Association held its dinner and trophy presentation night for the 2017-18 trout fishing season on Friday at the New Norfolk Council Chambers social rooms.
Members, special guests and speakers including Labour leader Rebecca White enjoyed a great spit roast meal and saw two members rewarded for outstanding trout fishing.
Adrian Slater had another season to remember, winning the overall heaviest trout plus the heaviest trout caught on an artificial lure (the Bert Wigston Memorial Trophy). Both awards were combined into one winning fish which weighed 4.843kg cleaned.
Slater also won the heaviest rainbow trout for the season, weighing 2.595kg, and this fish also helped him win the senior consistency award sponsored by Tony Raspin and Darren Hay from B-Blades. This was a closely run race between five members until Adrian caught his winning rainbow trout late in the season.
Junior Corey Keleher had another great season, winning the heaviest trout (14-17 years) with a fish weighing 3.852kg. For the third time in a row he also won the Ken Morley Memorial Trophy for the most consistent junior angler, presented by Barbara Morley.
Slater and Keleher also won individual honours by taking out the overall heaviest trout for the season in the Southern Tasmania Licensed Angling Association which combines all clubs and competitions.
For sub juniors in the NNLAA (6-13 years), Sam Glowacki took home the heaviest trout trophy with a great fish from Lake Crescent weighing 2.462kg.
It was a successful season in and out of the water and the NNLAA committee and volunteers are to be congratulated. Big thanks also from all of the committee to the loyal sponsors and the dedicated members for their support.
The NNLAA’s annual general meeting will be held at the Men’s Shed on Tuesday starting at 7pm.
Memberships for the 2018-19 season can be bought at William’s Outdoors, through the club committee, or at competitions.
ABOUT 10,000 brown trout will have been released into the Brady’s Lake and the “Chain” by Inland Fisheries Service officers by the end of the week.
Other fisheries to receive brown trout in the past two months have been Lake Paget with 50, Carter Lakes with 200, Rocky Lagoon with 100, Sec- ond Lagoon with 50, Bruisers Lagoon with 70 and Craigbourne Dam with 1100.
Bag limits in all Tasmanian freshwater rivers change from 12 trout to five from 12am on August 4, and from the same time the “open all year” boundary in the Derwent River moves from downstream of the Bridgewater Bridge to downstream from the New Norfolk Bridge.
The Leven River in the North and its freshwater fishing boundary will also change to downstream of Whisky Creek.
Check the Inland Fisheries Services website at www.ifs.tas.gov.au for more changes to the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Management Plan.
Tight lines until next week.