Vol. 19 No. 30
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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HIT THE TRACK: Ella Walsgott, 13, of Horsham will travel to Sydney in April to compete in the Australian Schools Triathlon Festival. The youngster will use a Horsham Triathlon this weekend as part of her preparation for the national titles. Story page 11. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Fishing entries flow V
BY DEAN LAWSON
olunteers preparing for the 40th annual Horsham Fishing Competition next month are bracing for a major resurgence in the event with figures showing a significant increase in early entries.
Competition president Adele Rohde said registrations for the long-time charity fund-raiser on the Wimmera River were 17 percent up compared
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with the same time last year. She added about 10 percent of the rise was from anglers who had either never fished in the competition or been absent for several years. “A lot of entries are coming from out of town. The feeling is incredibly positive and we feel like we’re under control in terms of organisation. It’s all coming together really well,” she said. “The predictions are that we’re go-
ing to have more people in the region than other years and an even better competition. This means it will be a fantastic outcome for surrounding areas.” Last year the Labour Day weekend event attracted 2199 entries and Mrs Rohde said organising committee members were keen to see this year’s figure top 2500. “Reaching 3000 would be absolutely magic,” she said.
Estimates are that family members and friends joining competing anglers during the weekend swell Horsham’s riverbank population to about 5000. Mrs Rohde agreed a combination of contest development and a major improvement of environmental conditions were prompting the positive response. “We’re building a reputation of a good, fun competition with plenty of prizes and it is always good when
people are having good fishing returns from the river,” she said.
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Flows from winter and spring rain last year produced conditions in the river that Wimmera Catchment Management Authority leaders described as ‘the best in years’. Anglers have since enjoyed regular catches in the waterway, many including trophy-sized yellowbelly. Continued page 3
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