Fish­ing con­test a week­end win­ner

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion ap­pears set to main­tain its place on a ma­jor-events cal­en­dar af­ter con­tin­u­ing to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of west­ern Vic­to­ria’s angling fra­ter­nity.

As Co­lac district an­gler Cather­ine Gor­don was com­ing to grips with win­ning a car in the an­nual char­ity money-raiser, or­gan­is­ers were work­ing to con­sol­i­date the event’s fu­ture.

Con­test spokes­woman Adele Ro­hde said a de­sire to cre­ate a tem­plate to make the event rel­a­tively im­mune from fu­ture per­son­nel changes on the event’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee was mak­ing progress.

“Our fo­cus dur­ing the past cou­ple of years has been work­ing on the longterm, which has meant a lot of work in the back­ground,” she said.

“There is so much in­for­ma­tion in the heads of com­mit­tee mem­bers and we’ve been work­ing on get­ting that on pa­per. Pro­cesses are be­ing doc­u­mented so that even­tu­ally we have an event man­ual so any­one could pick up and run the event, and we’re con­fi­dent we’re get­ting to that stage. It’s all about suc­ces­sion plan­ning.”

Mrs Ro­hde said this year’s con­test at­tracted 1731 en­tries, about 60 per­cent from out­side Hor­sham district, and the num­ber proved com­fort­able and man­age­able.

“What we’ve no­ticed is that although we want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to take part, we don’t nec­es­sar­ily need a min­i­mum of 2500 en­trants to have a suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“The amount we had at the week­end was per­fect for the amount of work that needed to be done. It was highly man­age­able and meant ev­ery­thing was rel­a­tively seam­less.

“It was a re­ally great day and we couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter week­end.”

Mrs Gor­don won The Weekly Advertiser Hor­sham Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion by land­ing a 2.458-kilo­gram yel­low­belly on the south side of the Wim­mera River be­tween Ben­nett Road and Hor­sham River­side Car­a­van Park.

She weighed in the fish, which she caught on yabby bait, be­fore 10am, snatch­ing top spot on the leader­board from early pace­set­ter Laura Beer who caught a 1.4kg yel­low­belly.

Mrs Gor­don and her hus­band Leigh have been fish­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion for more than a decade and have been en­thu­si­as­tic ad­vo­cates for the event.

As win­ner, Mrs Gor­don had a choice of a Kia Cer­ato sports hatch car, Jayco Camper­van or Sav­age 435 Scor­pion boat pack­age. She chose the car.

Hunter Vonja, with a 1.142kg yel­low­belly, won a ju­nior sec­tion and a boat­ing and fish­ing pack­age.

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion of­fi­cials weighed in 123 na­tive fish, in­clud­ing yel­low­belly, sil­ver perch and cat­fish that mea­sured more than 30 cen­time­tres. They re­turned the ma­jor­ity to the river as part of a ded­i­cated catch-an­drelease pro­gram.

Of­fi­cials also weighed and re­moved 298 kilo­grams of carp from the river. Ray Fed­ley caught the largest carp, which weighed in at 3.99 kilo­grams.

Mrs Ro­hde said the river­bank crowd was well be­haved and struc­tured col­lab­o­ra­tion with Vic­to­ria Po­lice mem­bers worked well.

She said the com­mit­tee was still go­ing through the process of tal­ly­ing up fi­nal fig­ures that would ei­ther go back into the event or be dis­trib­uted to com­mu­nity groups.

“We al­ways have a re­ally good de­brief and talk over how well things have worked and if we have to change as­pects of the com­pe­ti­tion. But it doesn’t ap­pear that there will be any­thing dra­matic,” she said.

“The key for us is to make sure that peo­ple who come have a great ex­pe­ri­ence and come back next year.”

Re­sults

Se­niors – Na­tive fish, Cather­ine Gor­don 2458g, Laura Beer 1400, Mar­garet El­lis 1282, Christine Pow­ell 1271, Scott Jervies, Justin Laun­der 1208, Cooper Price 1152, Doug King 1083, Brent Walker 1018, Cam Lan­g­ley 988, Robert Hal­mai 984, Martin Jonas 980, all yel­low­belly, Michael Seeary 898 cat­fish, Matthew El­lis 868, Ben Os­bourne 862, Paul King 856 yel­low­belly, Zach Lyons 856 sil­ver perch, Jarred Mor­ris 840, Lisa Stot­ten 839, yel­low­belly. Ju­niors – Na­tive fish, Hunter Vonja 1142, Evie Koros 991, El­iza Wil­liams 861, Aria Coust­ley 760, Annabelle Walker 722, Blake Turner 628, Isaac Rawl­ings 608, Isaac Rawl­ings 597, yel­low­belly, Jack Hop­per 515, Tom Hal­lam 501, sil­ver perch. Tid­dlers – Na­tive fish, Edith Bren­nan 664, Amelia Wil­liams 577, Tan­ner Stasi­nowsky 497, yel­low­belly. Heav­i­est carp: Se­niors, Ray Fed­ley 3990, Hong Tao Yu 3743, Ian Keith 3675, Terry Chalmers 3663, Chris Den­ton 3589; ju­niors, D. Leersen 2900; tid­dlers, Isla Connell 574. Heav­i­est bag of carp: Chris Den­ton 58,726g made up of 41 fish.

WIN­NING FORM: Cather­ine Gor­don is pic­tured with grand­son Boyd Hutchins while fish­ing in Hor­sham Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. For more pic­tures from the event, visit www.the­weeklyad­ver­tiser. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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