Club reels in plenty of new mem­bers in first year

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Pa­trick Tansey

Co­bram Ba­rooga An­glers rounded off its first year as a club in style on the week­end, with 80 peo­ple cast­ing hooks to of­fi­cially kick off Mur­ray cod sea­son.

It was a mas­sive week­end for the club, with its fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion start­ing at 6 am Satur­day, run­ning through to Sun­day lunch.

The big­gest catch of the week­end was by Stephen Lenssen, who man­aged to haul in a beast­ly­look­ing 92 cm cod.

Sam Jenk­ins and Cal­lum Hul­ley won the Co­bram Ba­rooga An­glers’ se­nior and ju­nior cham­pion of the year re­spec­tively for their ef­forts with the rod.

Com­mit­tee chair Stefan Bruni ex­plained how the ti­tles were judged.

‘‘The win­ner is the per­son that com­petes in all six com­pe­ti­tions we put on and ev­ery fish they catch, that’s le­gal, we mea­sure and the length of the fish deter­mines the points they get for the catch (i.e. 58 cm equals 58 points).”

It has been a mas­sive 12 months for the club, which formed at the start of the year, and Bruni could not be prouder of the fact it has got peo­ple out fish­ing again and do­ing it with a greater sense of iden­tity and com­rade.

‘‘It’s been a fan­tas­tic year re­ally,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got 160 mem­bers as of now. We might lose a few next year when it comes to re­newal, but so far it’s been re­ally pos­i­tive.

‘‘There’s more and more peo­ple out fish­ing and more peo­ple ac­tu­ally talking about Co­bram as a fish­ing des­ti­na­tion as well as a camp­ing place.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing we set out to do in our first year we’ve sort of well and truly ex­ceeded.

‘‘next year we will plan a few trips away and things like that to make it even more ex­cit­ing.’’

Bruni never imag­ined the club would at­tract so many mem­bers con­sid­er­ing it is only just start­ing out, but be­lieved in many ways, the num­bers re­flected the en­vi­ron­ment in Co­bram-Ba­rooga.

‘‘It’s pretty phe­nom­e­nal, there’s been clubs that have been go­ing for 20 years that have 50 mem­bers, so I think the fact we live right on the wa­ter, peo­ple love to get into that, but also, we’ve got a pretty var­ied age de­mo­graphic on our com­mit­tee so ev­ery age group is catered for so­cially,’’ he said.

Reel­ing in the prizes: Award win­ners with their prizes.

Top catch: Co­bram Ba­rooga An­glers ju­nior and se­nior cham­pi­ons of the year, Sam Jenk­ins and Cal­lum Hul­ley.

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