Camperdown Classic
  |  First Published: December 2013

The Camperdown Angling Club Fishing Classic was held on the weekend 5-6 October.

Despite strong winds greeting the anglers on Saturday morning, conditions improved by evening and on Sunday. Some great fish were caught at both lakes: 20 brown trout, 15 rainbow trout, and 26 chinook.

The biggest brown trout was 75cm and weighed 4kg, with 10 of the browns over 65cm and over 3.5kg. The biggest rainbow was 47cm and weighed 1.2kg

Anglers were very impressed with the size and condition of the chinook salmon, which were released last November. Most were above 37cm and weighed up to 975g, which means they have really grown in the last 10 months.

The competition was judged on the KAT system, where each species is allocated points according to the length of the fish. Each entrant is allowed to weigh in two fish per species per day but not allowed to exceed a bag limit of 5 salmonoid per day.

The Classic fish is judged by the committee as the best fish taking into consideration markings, colour, size etc; it is not necessarily the biggest fish.

Over 120 entries with a terrific number of Juniors and Sub Juniors. All juniors and sub juniors received a prize even if they did not catch a fish.

We had a great weekend with many happy fishers leaving Camperdown and district and vowing to return again next year. Special thanks to all our sponsors. – Camperdown Angling Club


Senior Major Prize Chris Finlayson3114.7
Senior Runner UpGary Holt2559.65
Classic FishPaul Rebecchi-
JuniorRyan Bongart623.6
Sub JuniorThomas Swayn543.7
Second Sub JuniorHenry Zapelli467.2
Third Sub JuniorDalton Fabri360.64


Stephen Atkinson (left) and Chris Finlayson, of Portland, showing off their best catches for the weekend. With his best fish weighing in at 3.7kg, Chris took out the senior champion award for the competition. (Photo courtesy of Helen Arundell)


Torquay angler Paul Rebbechi with the Classic Catch fish – a 4.2kg brown trout caught at Lake Purrumbete. (Photo courtesy of Helen Arundell)


Thomas Swayn who was the sub-junior champion with his 1.6kg brown trout caught at Lake Purrumbete. (Photo courtesy of Helen Arundell)

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