Ri­ley reels in win­ning cod

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT - By So­phie Burge

Ri­ley Belling reeled in the goods at the an­nual Jer­ilderie Fish­ing Club’s Kids Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day, with a whop­ping 84cm Mur­ray cod.

Fish­ing Club pres­i­dent An­drew Bell said high flood­wa­ters meant the event had to be shifted to the lake.

The prized cod, which was re­leased back into the lake, was among three cat­fish, one yel­low­belly and three carp landed on the day. The cat­fish and yel­low­belly were also re­leased back into the lake.

‘‘We were sur­prised as we didn’t think the lake had any­thing in it to be hon­est, so to get these fish was re­ally great,’’ Mr Bell said.

‘‘You wouldn’t think many cod of that size would sur­vive given the lake has lots of speed­boats and wa­ter-skiers.

‘‘It was a fantastic day and we had about 90 peo­ple and 50 kids turn up from 10am to 1pm to join in the fun.

‘‘Peo­ple brought chairs and rugs and it was a great at­mos­phere, and the kids had a lot of fun too.’’

Mr Bell said the event was held in con­junc­tion with the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries Go Fish­ing Day day which saw DPI hand over an $1800 grant for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It’s the first time we’ve re­ceived a grant like this and it cov­ered all the prizes and food cater­ing, which usu­ally the Fish­ing Club fundraise for,’’ Mr Bell said.

‘‘It made it so much eas­ier and in the five years it’s been run­ning, it cer­tainly was big­ger and bet­ter.

‘‘I’d like to thank Fish­ing Club mem­bers and in par­tic­u­lar Justin Wil­liams who went out and cut weed out of the lake the day be­fore in a boat.’’

Mr Bell said all eight chil­dren who caught the fish each re­ceived a brand new fish­ing rod, while all other young fish­ing en­thu­si­asts took home a small bag of fish­ing goods and in­for­ma­tion DVDs.

Mr Bell said all left­over funds from the grant will be pooled into next year’s event.

Stephen Dal­gliesh helps Ri­ley Belling with his win­ning catch of the day.

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