FISHING: Classic call right as rain

RECENT biblical rain patterns haven’t affected planning for the H & D Timber & Hardware Twin Rivers Fishing Classic which will run as scheduled from March 16 to 18 at Raymond Terrace.

The popular weekend-long event hosted by Junction Inn Fishing Club is now in its seventh year and offers thousands of dollars in prizes, including a 3.5-metre Quintrex Explorer boat and motor package.

‘‘We’re not too worried about the weather,’’ tournament organiser Gerard Cunningham said yesterday.

‘‘It looks like it’s clearing up next week, but obviously there’s going to be a big fresh on.

‘‘Round Raymond Terrace it’s still very murky, with bits of logs coming down.

‘‘It will make things difficult but, then again, it will be a great equaliser and I expect the cream will rise to the top.’’

Organisers will monitor the situation this week and if a flood is declared, the tournament will be postponed, not cancelled.

As the name suggests, the Twin Rivers Fishing Classic takes place on two rivers, the Hunter and the Williams.

The upper boundary on the Hunter River is the junction of the Hunter and Paterson rivers, while the Seaham Bridge is the marker on the Williams River. Stockton and Nobby’s breakwalls provide the lower boundary.

Official competition kicks off at 7pm next Friday.

Anglers will compete in a range of divisions, including heaviest overall catch in three divisions (adults, junior and nippers) and, largest of each allowable species. Those species are mulloway, bream, dusky flathead, sand whiting and luderick.

All prize winners in the main categories must attend the presentation and free sausage sizzle at the Junction Inn Hotel at Raymond Terrace on Sunday, starting at 2pm, to collect their winnings. The registration deadline is 7pm next Friday.

Costs are: adults $25, juniors (12-16 years) $10, nippers (under 11) $10.

Forms are available from H & D Hardware, the Junction Inn Hotel and Sandgate Tacklepower.

On top of competition prizes there will be lucky door draws over the weekend and a mystery weight lucky draw for all competitors who weigh in. For more information call Peter Kennedy on 0417210408 or Gerard Cunningham on 0419226796.

Game fisho team first

NEWCASTLE-Port Stephens Game Fishing Club Team No.2 took out their seventh consecutive tag and release title at the 50th anniversary NSW Game Fishing Association Interclub tournament at Port Stephens last weekend.

NPSGFC2, made up of Diversion, Born Free, Gunrunner, Anarchy and The Force, finished with 541,029 points.

Broken Bay No.2 (404,000) were second followed by Sydney No.1 (304,00).

NPSGFC boat Gunrunner (230,029), made up of Scott Lee (c), Katie Lee, Murray Finlayson, Jason Lee, Barry Lee, Andy O’Brien, Daniel Klien and Kiara McMahon took out champion boat tag and release.

That made it a big double for the Queanbeyan-based crew, who took out the Luhrs Billfish Shootout before Interclub.

NPSGFC teammate Diversion (149.500) was second.

Gunrunner’s Jason Lee (195,529) took out champion male angler from James Holt (149,5000) on Diversion. Jason tagged multiple marlin over the two weekends, including a grand slam of a black, blue and striped marlin.

Mitchell Hogg on Lake boat Gloriana weighed the heaviest marlin, a 88.70kg black.

NPSGFC boat No Excuse took capture honours with 47,595.86 points.

Tristan Davis, fishing on Topaz, weighed the heaviest shark, a 587.50kg tiger.

For full tournament results, go to nswgfa.com.au.

NSW Game Fishing Association president David Litchfield, in his first year in charge of Interclub, was pleased with how things ran.

‘‘It all went very well and we got great feedback from competitors,’’ David said yesterday.

‘‘We’ve already started planning for next year.’’

David is the first local in 50 years to head the NSWGFA. He was president of NPSGFC for 14 years before stepping up to his new role this year. Peter Simpson has taken over as president of NPSGFC.

Game fishos will now focus on the Broken Bay Game Fishing Tournament in two weeks’ time.

Visitors not clubbers

THE game fishing boat that sank 50km off Newcastle this week, requiring the dramatic rescue of its five crew members, was not involved in Interclub.

‘‘Each year a bunch of Victorians come up here to chase marlin,’’ David Litchfield said. ‘‘These guys weren’t competing in Interclub.’’

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