This year’s annual Horsham Fishing Contest was held on Sunday 9 March. A total of 2289 anglers competed for over $60,000 worth of prizes.
Organisers could not have been happier with the number of entries, which consisted of 1634 seniors, 530 juniors and 125 tiddlers. This was another fantastic turnout and saw the banks of the Wimmera River teaming with enthusiastic anglers aiming to take home the major prize of either a Kia Rio S or a Bluefin Estuary tracker boat package.
Committee chairman Kevin Dellar said it has been another successful event.
“Every state has been represented – we had competitors join us from Queensland to Western Australia as well as visitors from all over Victoria enjoying what the competition has to offer and the weather turned it on for us as well”.
The yellowbelly numbers and quality were very good, and approximately 90% were released back into the river. There were also 4 silver perch big enough to be weighed from a restocking program, which is excellent news for the waterway. Overall, all native fish caught were in very good condition, and were bigger and healthier than last year.
Wendouree angler Allan Beer took out the event by the smallest of margins with a golden perch weighing 1201g. This was just 1g more than Horsham local Mark McPhee’s fish. Allan was over the moon and had no hesitation in choosing the brand new Kia Rio S supplied by Horsham Motor Company as his prize. A great result as Allan has fished the competition for the last 32 years.
Mark McPhee didn’t go home empty-handed as he took home the Bluefin Estuary boat package supplied by Webbcon Marine.
Great Western's Jayden McCartney took out the junior competition with the heaviest catch of the day, while Horsham's Jaydah Piera won the Tiddlers' section.
Overall more than 650 fish were caught, with the 174 native fish caught, almost doubling the amount of natives caught last year.
The Horsham Fishing Competition committee would like to thank the major sponsors for the event, The Weekly Advertiser, Horsham Motor Company, Webbcon Marine, Wimmera Office Equipment and Kmart Horsham as well as Shimano and Rapala Australia for their fantastic assistance. – Peter Jung
Top 3 for Seniors
|1||Jayden McCartney||Great Western||1280g||Yellowbelly|
|3||Izabella Rose McIntyre||Horsham||1122g||Yellowbelly|
1Jason PieraHorsham4222gEuropean carp
Heaviest bag of carp
|1||Clive Neil||Delacombe||13050g (18 Fish)|
|2||Noel Neil||Avoca||12034g (24 Fish)|