After several weeks of community activities, that have seen crowds flock into Dimboola, last weekend the Dimboola Fishing Classic attracted 350 entries from locals and visitors from all over the state.

This represented a whopping 50 percent increase on last years fishing competition entries.

From Thursday, caravans owners were setting up their spots along the river in anticipation of catching that big one and take home a major prize.

A great array of prizes in both the senior and junior section were on offer as there were 10 prizes each for the seniors and the juniors.

Lilly Ruck placed fifth with her 436mm catfish with some help from dad Robert Ruck
Lilly Ruck placed fifth with her 436mm catfish with some help from dad Robert Ruck

Fish

There were a surprising number of good sized catfish caught, while the winning fish was a 485mm yellow belly, caught by Mick Nitschke.

Junior first prize winner Haley Taylor was not far behind with a catfish at 470mm.

While there was a good flotilla of boats on the water, many anglers had a lot of success just fishing from the river bank.

Ashton Stott holds up the 410mm caught by Nicki McKenzie
Ashton Stott holds up the 410mm caught by Nicki McKenzie

Fundraiser for Allambi

The fishing competition now in its fourth year raises funds for Allambi Elderly Rest Home and this year expects the fishing classic to raise more than $6,000.

Chairman of the Allambi board, Stoph Pilmore said, ”this is a privately run fishing competition with the proceeds going to Allambi. This year the Home made a small profit and the people who entered into the fishing competition have contributed to that profit and helped ensure the future of the home. I thank all of you for your participation”.

Carp

Carp were on the increase with the ‘largest carp competition’ having plenty of entries and the biggest one came in at 670mm, where last year there were hardly any carp caught, indicating that carp may be coming back into the river in larger numbers.   John Camari won the biggest carp section with the 670mm carp and the junior carp section was won by Shane Rice with a 530mm carp.

“Emma Clark and Lou Murty should be proud of what they had achieved this year in putting a huge amount of work into the fishing competition,” said Mr Pilmore.

 

Senior prize winners

  • Mick Nitschke 485 mm yellow belly
  • Jake McInerney  470 mm yellow belly
  • Greg Proud 469 mm catfish
  • Mark Spitter 468 mm yellow belly
  • Colin Rice 460 mm catfish
  • Sonia Shepherd 460 mm catfish
  • James Gardner 455 mm yellow belly
  • Tanya McIntyre 450 mm catfish
  • Neil Beer 445 mm catfish
  • Bruce Lovell 445 mm catfish
Stoph Pilmore present Haley Taylor the junior prize for a 470mm catfish
Stoph Pilmore present Haley Taylor the junior prize for a 470mm catfish

Junior prize winners

  • Haley Taylor 470 mm catfish
  • Koby Bamford 465 mm catfish
  • Ashton Stott 465 mm catfish
  • Ashton Stott 455 mm catfish
  • Lilly Ruck 436 mm catfish
  • Tilli Menzel 430 mm catfish
  • Elle Treloar 430 mm catfish
  • Koby Bamford 415 mm catfish
  • Blake Lovell 420 mm silver perch
  • Nicki McKenzie 410 mm catfish
  • Brady Mann 410 mm catfish