Derwent River Trout Classic
  |  First Published: November 2013

The first ever Derwent River Trout Classic was run over the weekend Sept 7-8 on the well-known big bream waters in the Tasmanian Capital.

The Derwent River in August to October is without question the best fishery in the state. Along with the excellent bream, there are solid resident brown trout and exceptional searun trout, which get the locals excited each year.

The Classic kicked off at 7am on Saturday with a strong westerly blowing over the Austins Ferry Yacht Club. All but two of the 19 starters headed up stream. About 30 minutes into the event Team FBT.com.au turned up back at the ramp with a partner on her way to hospital to have a baby it was a short day on the water!

As the boats started to return to the tag board leading up to 2pm it was clear it was a tough day on the water. Half the field had landed only two or three fish. However, the always consistent Team Liquid Gold Lox, Damien Virieux and Andrew Pender, smashed the first day with 10 fish at 443cm; double that of their nearest rivals Team ASU with 17yo Brad Townsend and James Mackay who had five at 243cm. Sitting in third was Team Bream and Trout Fishing Tasmania with tournament regular and local guide Leigh McKenzie and Lochie Young on four fish at 201cm.

Sunday saw conditions look far more favourable for anglers. All teams headed north to chase the bags that we knew were out there.

As teams made their way back for the 2pm deadline some far better bags were being reported. Team FBT even made it out on to the water with a first-time Dad aboard and landed four solid fish. Storming all the way from 12th place on Day 1 were Team Tairyo Fish Whisperers with Tim Lowe and Steve Linton landing 11 fish/436cm to take their bag to 12/482. They couldn’t hit their day one spot from high winds but found it suitable on day two with one of the best comebacks I can remember!

Finishing in 2nd place was Team Duo International/Smiths Ltd with Leighton Beer and Isaac Harris who found 8 very solid trout at 367cm for a 11/496 bag. Holding on for the win was Team Liquid Gold Lox but not before a few nervous moments with a very blank score card around midday before finding fish late to finish with 17 fish and 719cm.

The River Monster Howler Custom Rod prize for longest trout went to Lochie Young with a 66cm resident brown. Another notable capture was a 60cm sea-runner caught by Chris Rowlands that went over 3kg on the scales.

The NNLAA ran the event as part of their charity fundraising. Since the competition they have donated $1,500 to a young girl suffering from Angelmans Syndrome to help build a liberty swing at Glenora Primary School. Thank you to all who took part and supported the event.

The idea of the Trout Classic was floated just six weeks prior to the event by members of the New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Assoc. They set about getting the event up and running and making it worthwhile to attract anglers and hopefully return next year. The NNLAA would like to see a three event series and a Team of the Year crowned in future seasons and the idea has plenty of support from anglers.

1 Liquid Gold LoxAndrew Pender - Damian Virieux 17719
2 Duo International/Smiths LTDLeighton Beer - Isaac Harris 11496
3 Tairyo Fish WhisperersSteve Linton - Tim Lowe 12482
4 Sebile Old FellowsMartin Exel - Laurie Harrison 11444
5 ASUJames Mackay - Brad Townsend 9433
6 Scooby's TraineesJohn Spaulding - Chris Rowlands 9431
7 Bream & Trout Fishing TasmaniaLockie Young - Leigh McKenzie 7310
8 AliGraAlistair Creed - Grant Stingel 7287
9 Bream It OnJosh Williams - Nigel Harris 5226
10 Damiki/Pontoon 21/Fish ArrowMartyn Evans - Tony Roberston 6218
11 Just Made ItAndrew Devries - Cameron Cole 4187
12 Fishngboatingtasmania.com.auDaniel Holmes - Jason Crane 4183
13 RigJustin Rigby - Max Rigby 3148
14 ARB HobartKevin Nettlefold - Scott Telega 3119
15 Evolution Jigheads/Addiction Soft PlasticsZac Kerrison - Jason Kerrsion 2103
16 CC'sBernard Creed - Terry Byard 285
17 Black MagicJye Styles - Sam Glover 277
18 Downtown Tackle/Howler Custom RodsShane Ling - Bobby Ling 00
19 Cranka IIDarrell Wells - Jack Wells DNF
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