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

THE New Nor­folk Li­censed Angling As­so­ci­a­tion is run­ning its fifth com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son and first in open wa­ters this week­end.

Open wa­ters com­pe­ti­tions al­low club mem­bers to fish any or all of their favourite spots — and for some this means head­ing to the High­lands.

The com­pe­ti­tion starts at 6pm on Fri­day, fin­ish­ing on Sun­day with a weigh-in and bar­be­cue at the Ro­tunda on the New Nor­folk Es­planade from 5.30-6pm.

Prizes for the heav­i­est trout in both se­nior and ju­nior sec­tions, and av­er­age and se­cret weights will be won.

This will be the last club com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the Christ­mas and New Year break, with com­pe­ti­tions re­sum­ing in Fe­bru­ary. All mem­bers are in­vited to fin­ish off 2018 on a good note. THE sec­ond round of the 2018 Tas­ma­nian Trout Clas­sic was held at Arthurs Lake last week­end.

After two days of com­pe­ti­tion, team Platy­pus — of Bren­don Ay­ers and Josh Wil­liams — won eas­ily with a great two-day to­tal length of 900cm.

In sec­ond spot, 43cm be­hind, were first-round win­ners Tillings Fish­ing — Zane and Scott Grey — on 857cm. In third spot was team Liq­uid Gold Lures, Chris Fraser and Brett Tobin, on 776cm.

Round­ing out the top five were team Cranka on 746cm and team CJ Ma­rine on 683cm.

The long­est fish was won by Bren­don Ay­ers with a 58cm beauty.

Nine of the 14 teams caught 10 out of 10 bags of trout on day one and some good fish were caught be­fore the fin­ish at 1pm on Sun­day.

A lot of trout were about 40-50cm in length and were mostly caught on hard-bod­ied lures.

Teams will rest and ready them­selves for the fi­nal round at Great Lake on De­cem­ber 1-2. A DROP in tem­per­a­ture last week bought trout back on the bite through the mid­dle and up­per reaches of the Der­went River.

It’s a good time to take the kids fish­ing with Aus­tralian salmon, yel­low eye mul­let, black bream and the oc­ca­sional At­lantic salmon also avail­able.

Fur­ther up in the fresh, the Dee La­goon and Lake Repulse are spilling, with other wa­ters in the lower Der­went catch­ment close to full ca­pac­ity.

Good catches of brown and rain­bow trout are com­ing from Great Lake, Lake Echo and Pen­stock La­goon. Arthurs Lake is fish­ing bet­ter and with Woods Lake close by they are good op­tions for a week­end away.

Tight lines un­til next week.

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