Go your own way
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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