Big fish dominate Dimboola classic
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.”