Big fish dom­i­nate Dim­boola clas­sic

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Peter Wright of Bal­larat is primed to head off on fish­ing ad­ven­tures across Aus­tralia af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the ACE Ra­dio Dim­boola Fish­ing Clas­sic.

The part-time an­gler won both first and sec­ond prizes in the open se­nior sec­tion of the boat and bank Wim­mera River con­test with huge yel­low­belly mea­sur­ing at 505 and 475 mil­lime­tres re­spec­tively.

In land­ing the win­ning half-me­tre fish, Wright won a Great Bar­rier Reef fish­ing ad­ven­ture to Far North Queens­land and for com­ing sec­ond won a tuna-chas­ing fish­ing char­ter out of Port Mac­don­nell in South Aus­tralia.

He caught both fish from the bank and fin­ished ahead of War­rnam­bool’s John Crameri, last year’s win­ner Leonie Jones of Stawell and Dim­boola’s Greg Proud.

El­lie Treloar won a ju­nior sec­tion and a fish­ing kayak with a yel­low­belly mea­sur­ing 455 mil­lime­tres.

Event spokesman Stoph Pil­more said the catc­hand-re­lease event at­tracted about 270 an­glers who soaked up ideal weather con­di­tions.

“We’re all very im­pressed with how it all went. There were a lot of fish caught and re­leased, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of small redfin and less than 30 carp,” he said.

The event raises money for Dim­boola’s Al­lambi Hos­tel Home for the Aged and Mr Pil­more, also an Al­lambi board mem­ber, said or­gan­is­ers were still tal­ly­ing up a fi­nal fig­ure.

“We’re pretty con­fi­dent we’ve raised about $3000 this year, which is a great ef­fort,” he said.

“We’re al­ready well and truly get­ting into plan­ning for next year and are keen for more spon­sors to get on board.

“We had a lot of peo­ple en­ter from all over the place and we are keen for that to con­tinue.

“Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est is the angling club sec­tion of the con­test, ba­si­cally a com­pe­ti­tion within a com­pe­ti­tion based on mem­bers and fish caught.

“This year it was Mary­bor­ough Angling Club that set the pace.”

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