Riley reels in winning cod
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.