Me­mo­rial event re­turns

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

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.

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

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