Big haul in open wa­ters

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

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.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Fish­ing page on Face­book

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