Big haul in open waters
THE New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association ran its fifth trout fishing competition of the 2018-19 season and first in “open waters” last weekend.
Settled weather allowed members to venture abroad and some big trout were bought back to the scales.
Forty-two trout were weighed in with a total weight of 51.046kg and a big average weight of 1.215kg.
Tony Raspin had a good weekend — his best fish won the average weight award at 1.127kg. The senior heaviest trout winner was Adrian Slater with a monster male brown trout weighing 4.874kg. Adrian is a cormorant and a champion angler, and he told me he had one of his best weekends on the water fishing in the upper Derwent catchments. Adrian also landed another big male trout weighing 3.657kg, another at 3.282kg and two more at 2.735kg and 2.374kg cleaned.
James Tassell was unlucky not to win the overall heaviest trout after catching his personal best, a big buck weighing 4.343kg cleaned.
Female member Michelle Williams had another good weekend with her best trout weighing 1.917kg. Husband Adam Williams also caught two nice trout weighing more than 1.3kg.
The junior heaviest trout was won by Chris Hall with a solid fish weighing 1.307kg. Kia Keleher was also rewarded for catching one at 1.062kg.
It was interesting to note that most of the bigger trout weighed in were healthy males.
The NNLAA now has a rest over the Christmas and New Year break, with competitions resuming in mid-February.
Congratulations to the NNLAA committee and vol- unteers for their good work and thanks to the members who turn up to competitions, plus the sponsors for their support. THE NNLAA Christmas barbecue will be held at the home of trout, the Salmon Ponds, on December 9.
And the NNLAA is hosting the Southern Tasmanian Licensed Anglers Association family day barbecue at the Bushy Park junior pond from 11am to 2pm this Sunday.
STLAA members grab your kids, grandkids and the neighbours’ kids and come up to 10 Acre Lane, Bushy Park. Bring some fishing gear if you have it — but the NNLAA will provide some if you don’t — along with a chair or two, some nibbles and drinks as well. Soft drink will be free for the kids and available to purchase for adults with sausages, hamburgers, tea and coffee also available.
After the juniors have had their chance to catch a fish, pensioners will also be allowed to try their luck. It should be a great day. SALTWATER fishing is improving and everyone loves a fresh feed of seafood.
Saltwater is home to a bigger variety of fish than freshwater so by rights it should make it easier to catch something.
Try fishing a jetty or pier maybe at Margate, Southport, Grove or Cremorne for a flathead or squid. Or you could wade or walk a beach spinning a “silver slice” for salmon.
Striped trumpeter are starting to bite out deep, as are mako shark and bluefin tuna.
Brad Townsend did well fishing with Niktar Nikitaras and Kane Hall last weekend, landing a monster bluefin tuna weighing 114kg on a 24kg line near Pedra Blanca.
Tight lines until next week.
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