Memorial event returns
THE New Norfolk Licensed Angling Association is running the Wayne Perkins Memorial trout fishing competition on the Derwent River this weekend.
Perkins, who passed away in 2010, did a lot for fishing and sport in the local community.
It’s a teams event with a maximum of four anglers per team, with two boats allowed and fishing from the shore also permitted.
The event starts on Friday night at 6pm, finishing with a weigh-in and barbecue at the Rotunda at the New Norfolk Esplanade between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday.
Fishing boundaries are from the Lawitta Pump Station through to the Tasman Bridge.
The winning team will have the heaviest bag of five fish with senior and junior heaviest trout trophies available as well.
Fishing has slowed a little during the week with some smaller trout making a presence, along with feeding seals.
Last weekend’s rain and snow will kickstart whitebait runs and also bring another good run of trout.
The weather forecast looks mild and settled for the weekend and the NNLAA is looking forward to seeing a good turn out for the competition.
Lake Crescent is producing some big, healthy fish with most being caught on hard bodies working the edge of rocky shores and the marshes.
Tooms Lake, Lake Echo, Bronte Lagoon, Great Lake, Blackmans, Penstock, Wayatinah and Cluny Lagoon are also fishing well.
All rivers continue to produce trout and I saw a nice brown trout weighing more than 4kg caught from the Huon River last weekend. INLAND Fisheries Service officers are getting frustrated with anglers not playing by the rules.
Boating and safety offences are the main issue, with failure to wear personal flotation devices and failure to carry minimum safety equipment accounting for six infringement notices issued last week.
Follow Fisheries and MAST regulations because they are there to protect fisheries and ensure people get home safely. If you witness illegal activity at any inland waters report it by calling 0438 338 530 or 1300 463 474.
Jason Harrison caught a trout in the Derwent River near New Norfolk recently with an interesting story behind it.
Twenty trout were released near Norske Skog in September 2008, with ultrasonic transmitters and tags put in them by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the IFS.
The implanted transmitters were supposed to have a 12month lifespan, with the purpose of tracking movement during that time.
After 12 months the whereabouts of most of these fish were unknown because the batteries in the transmitters stopped working.
One of these fish was caught recently with a tag still in it. When it was released at about four years of age it measured 400mm in length and weighed about 1.3kg.
The tag’s information showed within two days of release the fish travelled from Norske Skog up to New Norfolk, where it stayed for nearly six weeks, and was last detected in the river on October 10, 2008.
After 10 years it had grown to be 770mm long and more than 4kg in weight.
The female trout had suffered a seal bite which presumably removed the transmitter, and its tail was damaged due to its age and the stress of many years of spawning.
It’s a great story with the fish surviving all that time moving and spawning through the system.
Tight lines until next week.
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