An­glers gear up for Eden­hope

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

More than $15,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the sec­ond an­nual Eden­hope Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion this week­end.

Eden­hope An­gling Club is run­ning the two-day boat and bank event at Lake Wal­lace with ex­pec­ta­tions of a big catch of trout and redfin.

Event spokes­woman Kalla Col­gate said the lake was in ideal con­di­tion and she ex­pected a surge in en­tries this week.

“The lake is hold­ing about the same amount of wa­ter it did for last year’s event and there has been re­ports of good fish­ing re­sults of late,” she said.

“Last year a Bal­larat an­gler won the open sec­tion with a trout on a worm bait from the bank in front of the car­a­van park.

“Who knows where the win­ning fish will come from this week­end.”

The se­nior an­gler who catches the largest redfin or trout will pocket $5000 in cash, while the win­ner of a ju­nior sec­tion will take home a swag and ac­ces­sories val­ued at $1000. There is also a tid­dlers sec­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion runs from 9am to 8pm on Satur­day and then again from 6.30am to noon on Sun­day. A pre­sen­ta­tion will be at 12.30pm on Sun­day.

Peo­ple can regis­ter at West Wim­mera Ru­ral Ser­vices from 10am to 6.30pm to­day and to­mor­row and or­gan­is­ers will con­tinue to ac­cept regis­tra­tions through­out the event at con­test head­quar­ters at Hen­ley Park.

“Lake Wal­lace is a pic­ture. We’ve heard that there’s been some small red­dies around and the key will be find­ing their big­ger mates,” Ms Col­gate said.

An­glers have to catch a redfin mea­sur­ing at least 30 cen­time­tres or a trout at least 51 cen­time­tres to qual­ify to win either open or ju­nior sec­tions.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral Eden­hope Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, which cel­e­brated a re­turn to wa­ter in the lake, at­tracted about 600 en­tries.

Ms Col­gate said the con­cept be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion was to en­cour­age peo­ple to Eden­hope, to get the lake back on a re­gional fish­ing map and to sup­port the town’s busi­nesses.

She said peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion could go to web­site www.eden­hope­fish­ing­

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