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Crackerjack fishing
  |  First Published: December 2011



Two massive events has kept a lot of local anglers very busy.

The Trellys Tackleworld annual tackle show was a massive success with owner Steven Trelful saying its one of his best yet.

Late November also saw the River Rats Kialla Lakes Classic which I have placed a full report at the bottom of this article.

December’s weather forecast was for lovely sunny days and the windy weather to ease, and if this forecast continues we are in for another crackerjack month of fishing.

Now January is here and the rush of Christmas is over I think the fishing in our region will be very productive. All signs lead to good fishing but a significant rise in water will shatter all our hopes of a good January.

It has seemed over the past 12 months every time the river has sharply risen the fish have turned right off and it has taken weeks to clean up and produce good fish again.

I have decided this month to give you a hint of what lures I recommend using over the next few months.

The Outlaw Crazy B#tch Spinnerbait is such a random colour and seems to be doing a lot of damage in our local rivers.

The Bassman Carls Compact Spinnerbait is a new range for Bassman they are a more compact spinnerbait and should be great for the local yellas and redfin.

If you find yourself looking for a hardbodied lure you cant go past the locally owned Codgers.

Finally the Bozo Ridgee Rattler is a very unique lure that is a lipless bait with a chatter bait blade out front for added action. One thing with the Ridgees and all my hardbodied lures is I put on new split rings and hooks.

The last thing you want is to loose a fish due to a soft hook or a ring opening.

Hopefully these hints give you the advantage in Februarys fishing classic to be held by the River Rats for more info get into Trellys.

Kialla Lakes Classic

98 entrants braved the wet and windy conditions in hope to land the winning fish. It was very tough fishing with only 3 legal yellowbelly entered. The water conditions where not the best. I would rate the water clarity 1/10 but it didn’t stop young Zane Barzon from landing a 47cm Yella.

Zane took home over $1000 of prizes for his fish with best mate Dan Wood coming in second place with a 43cm Yellowbelly.

It was all about the kids this year with the only three fish caught by juniors and the STY Fencing casting championships taken out by yet another junior

11year old Kaleb Oxley scored a perfect round to build an unbeatable score.

Another feature at the event was Adam (mad dog) Royter entertaining the crowd during the weekend. It was great to have such an experienced angler at the event and I know everyone enjoyed spending a bit of time with the Mad Dog.

On behalf of all club members would like to thank all who where involved and a special thanks to our great sponsors who made sure every entrant left with a prize.

Kialla Lakes Classic Winner Zane Barzon with Adam ‘Mad Dog’ Royter with his 47cm yellowbelly.

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