Teralba Lakesiders Club had a fantastic response for its 2019 Junior Angling Competition held last week.
"We had 53 registrations plus additional inquiries right up to competition time," club spokesperson Ian Guy said.
"Forty-nine junior anglers completed with Tyson Tatton taking out the overall champion award.
"Reilee and Kooper took out the SharkSkin Wet Suits Division prizes with Tyson doubling up for the Tailfin Water Rail Longest Flathead award.
"Arabella took out the Salty Warrior Clothing biggest Bream.
"Hunter Sports HS, Cooranbong PS and Teralba Lakesiders "Great Hookers Team" won the Division Champion sections.
"Cooranbong PS won the Mitre 10 award and Amaya from Cooranbong PS also took home the Michael Guest Prize pack."
Ian extended special thanks to Anne from Marine Rescue LM and her BBQ Squad for serving up the food.
"There were some great stories to be told as Harry reeled in some 'undies'," Ian reported. "Lachlan found the 'innards' of a golf ball on his hook. Michelle Stocker, manager of Hook, Line and Sinker team, had to jump in and retrieve a snagged line, catching the fish with her hands. Curtis reeled in the seaweed to go with his fish for fresh sushi. Sabine had a free dolphin watch session. "
At presentation there were smiles all round as every participant received rod and prize bags including a range of items from Murry Cod SPIDA fishing shirts to Deez Nuts lures and tackle packs.
"Some even found soccer balls courtesy of Carey Bay Cellars in their bags," Ian said.
One of the highlights had to be the "Tackle-box Talk" delivered by legendary Jason Nunn.
Over $700 was raised for Marine Rescue through donations and a raffle.
"Special thanks to Lorraine on the raffle and to Michelle for keeping everything going," Ian said.
"We have already been contacted by prospective participants and sponsors for next year so watch our page for updates.
"Thanks must go to all of our great sponsors from this year."
Not so usual
Fish of the Week winner Curtis Creigh had to be convinced a 45cm bass plucked out of Lostock Dam was not a standard fish, according to his mum Tonia.
Curtis, more accustomed to saltwater estuary fishing, leapt at the opportunity to accompany his good mate Roy, up to Lostock last Saturday.
Roy and Tonia are very keen freshwater fishos, and love heading up the New England chasing Murray cod.
Both were keen to introduce Curtis to freshwater fishing but it didn't take the nine-year-old too long to get the hang of it, winding in his 45cm prize winner.
"He seemed to think this was normal so we had to explain to him this is what makes grown men cry," Tonia laughed.
"We'll probably take him up to Copetoun Dam next and he'll jag a metre long Murray cod first cast and think that's how it is."
The boys reported that although the fishing was good, it's a bit sad seeing the water levels down so low.
We're in for a relatively chilly weekend for a November, with a fresh sou-wester tipped to keep the mercury down over particularly Saturday.
Winds are relatively mild, and there is a chance of a shower, but overall it shouldn't be too unpleasant for fishing, according to Jumpin' Johnny Frith, from Fisherman's Warehouse at Marks Point.
John reports the whiting are firing in Swansea channel on the run-out tide.
"It has to be the run-out because the water is so damn cold on the run-in," he said. "Live worms and yabbies are the best bet.
"There's some decent bream around the Drop Over area too.
"A few blue swimmers in the lake, and the flathead have moved in closer to the shallows, lurking now in and around that three metre water depth. Still the odd big tailor around and quite a few school jew ranging up to the 90cm mark."
Offshore is very quiet in close because the water is so cold, but out round the 70-80m depth, anglers have been getting some nice snapper.
While on whiting, do you know the difference between a Sand Whiting and Trumpeter Whiting?
DPI describes it like this: "Trumpeter whiting are most easily identified by the presence of dark blotches down both sides of the body featuring a silver horizontal band and their dorsal fin has a more rounded shape to it.
"Sand whiting are identified by their brilliant silver colour all over with the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins being a pale yellow or golden colour. The dorsal fin of a sand whiting is a more concave shape.
"Whilst Trumpeter whiting have no size limit, sand whiting have a minimum legal length of 27cm.
"The bag limit for all whiting species is 20 in total, whether a single species or a mix of species."