Given the short lead-up time, the Rapala Discovery Holiday Parks Family Fishing Competition at Jindabyne was a huge success and the turn up was fantastic, especially in raising $2465 for multiple sclerosis.
A total of 31 competitors took part in the fishing over the two days but there were many more people at the Saturday Night barbecue and charity auction, and close to 70 attended the presentation barbie on Sunday.
The fishing may have been a little tough for some, especially the boat anglers, but the weather was fantastic. We saw some very big brown trout in exceptional condition.
Jindabyne holds four species of salmonoids, brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and Atlantic salmon. Anglers were allowed to use any legal method and although the legal length of these fish is over 25cm, for this competition the fish had to be over 35cm.
The biggest brown for the weekend was just on 600mm, caught by Byron Boehm.
Competitors were required to try to catch one fish of each chosen species each day, with the total lengths added up to find the winners – not an easy task and challenging to the very best of anglers.
On Saturday night Matt McCann spoke of his son’s battle with MS and on how we can further help support young people with MS. The auction was a huge success and a total of $2,465 was raised through the many generous donations. Find out about future competitions at www.swtroutfishing.com.au. Find out more about MS at www.msaustralia.org.au. – Steve Williamson
Most cm of brown trout – Chris Myatt
Most cm of rainbows – Matt McCann
Champion angler– Ryan Veugen
Runner-up champion – Damian Kirkwood
Junior champion – Tahnoe Duncan