Horsham the main ‘winner’
Organisers of Horsham Fishing Competition have stressed a need for the Horsham district community to remain engaged and involved in the annual event.
Contest chairwoman Adele Rohde said the Horsham community was and always had been the primary winner from the event and ‘local’ participation was critical.
“There is always plenty of talk about the individual winners of the great prizes we have given away over the years. But let’s be honest – the biggest winner has always been Horsham itself,” she said.
“This event has been running since 1972 and we’re presenting the 41st one this year.
“My challenge to the people of Horsham is to think about the impact of the money generated by the fishing competition on home-grown charities, organisations, groups and projects as well as businesses.
“It is not a stretch to say the figure over the years would be in multiple millions, and if that’s not a good enough reason to get involved I don’t know what is.
“And of course there’s simply a great chance for a home town win for one of the great prizes on offer.”
Estimates are that Wimmera River activities generate up to $5-million a year.
The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Fishing Competition is on the banks of the Wimmera River in Horsham from 7.30am to 3pm on Sunday.
The catch-and-release event has open, junior and tiddler sections with the heaviest eligible fish in each section qualifying for top prizes.
The winner of the open section will get an opportunity to choose a campervan, Kia Cerato sports hatch car or Save 435 Scorpion boating package.
Second prize is a holiday fishing trip to Darwin and third prize a tuna-fishing trip for up to six people in Portland.
Mrs Rohde said the competition this year, for the first time, offered a fishing-charter prize for simply participating in the event.
“In other words, you don’t have to catch a fish to be eligible to win a major prize,” she said.
“The fishing gods don’t always smile on you on fishing comp day, not matter how good an angler you are. So we decided to introduce a lucky-tag prize and will announce the winner during presentations.”
Mrs Rohde said entry numbers were ‘well and truly’ up to where they were for the same time last year.
“The best thing is that the weather forecast looks amazing,” she said.
“With the prospect of good weather we’re expecting a last-minute rush.
“Tradition tells us that with sunny and warm weather comes big native fish and it’s the big native yellow bellies that generally win the big prizes.
“One of the major things we’ve noticed is the improvement of fishing conditions and dynamics in the river. It makes for great fishing on Sunday.”
Mrs Rohde praised the volunteers putting their hands up to work for the competition and their individual organisations. “Jung Tigers cricketers represent a snapshot of the volunteer workforce that puts its hands up every year,” she said.
“It has become their major fundraiser. Laharum sports community is also heavily involved, raising money for a new pavilion, and providing a prime example of how clubs can best use our event.
“By getting involved they can seriously benefit themselves.
“The fishing comp really couldn’t happen without all these people involved.
“Finally, as an angler myself, one of the things I can’t wait for is to see what anglers catch this year. I’ll be there with all the interested onlookers at the holding tanks to get a first-hand look at the size, number and variety of fish that our river supports.”
Th e Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM are strong supporters of the fishing competition.
ON THE JOB: Jung Tigers Cricket Club A Grade captain Tyler Neville, left, and president Nigel Binney, are among almost 20 members from their club providing steward services at this year’s Horsham Fishing Competition. The club has been a long-time...