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Snowmelt flushes food out for brown trout
Increasing numbers of fish are feeding
around the margins of the trout lakes
as we start to settle into a typical
spring fishing pattern.
Rain and snowmelt have topped up
lake levels and flushed food into the
shallows, creating a smorgasbord for
hungry brown and rainbow trout.
Drowned worms have been a
common sight around the shores of
Lake Jindabyne, and fly, lure and bait
fishos should all experience improved
fishing as the trout start to feed within
Rainbows are being caught close to
the bank around Hatchery Bay on
Powerbait and scrub worms, mostly
early and late in the day. Under bright
sunshine, try a long cast into deeper
water -- that s where the fish are likely
Eucumbene is just as productive,
with the Middlingbank, Buckenderra
and Seven Gates areas among the best
Along the coast, offshore fishing
has been lively when the weather has
allowed anglers to get out.
There is a nice array of reef fish on
offer around Montague Island, with
morwong, large flathead and the
occasional snapper being boated.
Wallaga Lake has been the best of
the estuaries, with lots of legal-size
flathead and a few bream hitting soft
plastics around the edges.
Rock ledges around Moruya and
Narooma are fishing steadily for
drummer, bream and salmon.
Closer to home, it s time to dust off
the golden perch tackle as yellowbelly
start to stir in the urban lakes.
I generally find the goldens really
start to move on or around AFL Grand
Final day, but a few early season perch
will be nosing around the shallows and
weed-beds as we speak.
Try near the dam wall at Gungahlin
Lake and Lake Ginninderra, or around
Molonglo Reach, Black Mountain
Peninsula and Scrivener Dam at Lake
SPORTS ACHIEVER OF THE WEEK
ACT Cricket Umpires' high performance manager Terry Keel, pictured at Manuka Oval, can recount many seasons on the pitch. Photo: Matt Bedford
Keel happy to give back any way he can
For about 25 years Terry Keel has been
umpiring cricket at all levels of the
He has shared the pitch with some
of the rankest weekenders just looking
to roll their arm over, to some of the
These days he is the ACT Cricket
Umpires high performance manager.
"I took up the game of cricket fairly
late in life and I just fell in love with
the game, Mr Keel said. "I wanted to
be involved and know everything
about it. I got into the cricket umpiring
side of things in the latter part of my
playing career. That led to me wanting
me to become a regular umpire.
He started in Melbourne before he
moved to Canberra in 1990 where he
became acquainted with turf cricket.
"That opened up a whole new
horizon, he said. With ambitions to
umpire at the highest level he began
commuting to Sydney for NSW grade
cricket. The trips back on forth on a
weekly basis would continue for 10
"It was a bit of an ordeal really but
if you wanted to get anywhere in the
umpiring world that is what you did.
Although the Sydney trips became
too taxing on him and his family life --
choosing to give it up in 2010 -- his
passion for the game did not diminish.
He turned his focus to developing
umpire in the ACT and surrounds.
"I wanted to be involved in
umpiring to the maximum extent here
and put something back into the game
that way, he said.
For four years that is what he has
done, nurturing young talent to cope
with the pressure that can provide
added heat out in the middle on a
cricket is a game of cricket. It doesn t
matter if it is fifth grade at Calwell or
a PM s XI match ... there are still the
same fundamentals, he said.
HALL OF FAME
Sports identities promoted to Sports Commons
The ACT Sports Hall of Fame has
been opened at its new home at the
University of Canberra Sports
"Many of the names and faces
central to the history of sport in
Canberra are members of this Hall of
Fame," Minister for Sport and
Recreation Shane Rattenbury said.
The ACT Sports Hall of Fame has
more than 100 members, including
athletes, coaches, administrators and
"These are not only the many great
athletes who learned their craft or
applied their skills here in Canberra,
but of many of those behind the scenes
who laid the ground work for growth
and success, Mr Rattenbury said.
The inductees achievements were
previously mounted on a wall inside
the western stand at Canberra Stadium
and were seldom seen by the public.
"The new Hall of Fame here at the
Sports Commons at UC will be
significantly more accessible to the
general public, Mr Rattenbury said.
For all those students and athletes
who pass through this building over
the years to come, the Hall of Fame
will provide both a lesson in local
sports history and be a source of
inspiration. The new Sports Commons
is not only a new home for community
sport, but also a new home for our Hall
Hall Pony Club HQ opens
The new home for the Hall Pony Club
was officially opened at the Hall
Showground on Sunday.
"Operating for more than 50 years,
the club is an important part of the Hall
village and the surrounding rural
community, and has more than 60
junior and senior members," Minister
for Sport and Recreation, Shane
In addition to learning how to ride
and care for their horses, members
take part in a wide range of equestrian
events including trail riding,
showjumping and polo cross.
Many children who learnt their
early skills at the Hall club have gone
on to compete at both national and
international level competitions.
"The horse riding community in
Canberra is full of people who are
really passionate about their sport," Mr
"I have no doubt that these great
new facilities will be put to very good
use by the people of Hall and the
surrounding district and I look forward
to them hosting many events in these
new purpose-built premises."
He said young people in particular
would develop life skills by learning
how to care for and work with horses.
The new $220,000 club shed was
built as part of the Facilities
Improvement Program managed by
Sport and Recreation Services.
A Queanbeyan teenager has won a
NSW Premier s award for rugby
Mitch Bell was presented the award
on Monday for representing NSW.
His father, Rob Bell, said Mitch had
played for the Queanbeyan Blues since
he was eight and was coached by Chris
Newman until last year.
"This year has been an amazing
experience for Mitch. He was invited
to attend the NSW Sports Academy at
Narabeen for a five-day bonding and
training camp, Mr Bell said.
While there he met Laurie Daley,
Andrew Ryan, Jarrod Hayne, Luke
Baily and Albert Kelley. The highlight
for Mitch and his family was seeing
Mitch in his NSW uniform, a very
proud moment for them.
Monaro MP John Barilaro
described Mitch as a gifted young
"He s an outstanding member of the
team, a talented league player and
conducts himself admirably both on
and off the field," Mr Barilaro said.
"His personal sporting
achievements are a great reflection on
the Monaro region and its young
ACT members of the Australian team
at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
have been welcomed home last week.
ACT Chief Minister, Katy
Gallagher, and the Minister for Sport
and Recreation, Shane Rattenbury,
hosted a private reception for coaches
and support staff who were members
of the Australian team at the 2014
Almost 30 athletes from the ACT
competed in Glasgow, with the
majority of these athletes supported by
the ACT Academy of Sport. More than
20 Canberrans were also at the
Commonwealth Games in a support
There were seven ACTAS medal
winners who brought home a
collection of gold and bronze medals
in hockey, cycling and athletics.
Medallists included Andrew
Charter and Edwina Bone with hockey
gold, Brandie O Conner and Nathan
Hart with cycling bronze and Paul
Kennedy, Thomas Clarke and Kelsey-
Lee Roberts with bronze in athletics
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