Hor­sham the main ‘win­ner’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

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.”

En­tries grow­ing

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...

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