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Baitfish on the ball, bigger fish firing up
In a terrific sign for estuary anglers,
big schools of baitfish have been a
feature of the south coast lakes and
rivers during early October.
Anglers with boats or kayaks are
following bait balls around Wagonga
Inlet at Narooma and finding some
decent predatory fish in the vicinity.
It s a bit of a lucky dip at times,
with flathead, bream, snapper, tailor
and salmon all about -- but no one s
complaining about the variety on offer.
Flathead fishing in the Moruya
River is starting to fire-up. Catches of
10 fish in a couple of hours have been
reported around the mouth on the
bottom of the tide.
The fish are moving around a lot,
though -- chasing bait and warmer
water -- so anglers need to be prepared
to be mobile.
Reef fishing, as you d expect in
October, is pretty consistent. Snapper,
flathead, morwong and gummy sharks
are biting off Broulee, Moruya,
Narooma and Bermagui.
A handful of unusually large
nannygai, thought to be swallowtail
nannygai, were landed by a group of
anglers fishing off Tomakin recently.
These fish are rarely seen on the south
coast but are a welcome catch because
of their size and excellent eating
Mako and hammerhead sharks have
been encountered around Montague
Island and beyond. A couple of kings
have also been caught but they re
certainly not around in numbers as yet.
Alarming numbers of dead Murray
cod continue to be found floating in
Yerrabi Pond, in Gungahlin, as the
mystery surrounding the fish-kill
Scores of dead cod up to
96 centimetres long have been found
in the waterway in the past fortnight,
which is an absolute tragedy given the
effort and money spent stocking these
iconic fish in the lake over the years.
ACT Environment and Planning is
looking into the situation so watch this
space for future developments.
HALL OF FAME
Professor Dick Telford will join the likes of Sir Donald Bradman and Cathy Freeman when he is inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.
Ultimate honour for sports all-rounder
University of Canberra professorial
fellow and sports scientist Professor
Dick Telford will be inducted into the
Australian Sports Hall of Fame.
Professor Telford was the first
sports scientist at the Australian
Institute of Sport and coached
Olympians and Commonwealth
The 69-year-old said he never
expected to be named in the hall of
fame alongside legends like Sir
Donald Bradman, Greg Norman and
"I don t think it s something anyone
tries to achieve but it s a real honour,"
A former Australian rules
footballer, cricket player and distance
runner, Professor Telford is as much a
player of sport as he is a student of it.
In the 1960s he played for
Collingwood and Fitzroy in the
Victorian Football League. In cricket
he was coaching co-ordinator and
manager of the Victorian Sheffield
Shield team, which won the
competition twice during his three-
In the 1980s, he ran marathons and
middle distance events and won the
Australian veterans M40 1500m
championship in 1985, and finished
third in the World Masters
Professor Telford and his family
moved to Canberra in 1981 when he
became the first sports scientist at the
Australian Institute of Sport.
Since he joined the University of
Canberra last year Professor Telford
has created the John Landy talent
squad, named after the former
Australian Olympic track athlete and
the second man to break the four-
minute mile barrier.
He will be officially inducted into
the hall of fame in Melbourne this
Capitals slash ticket prices to attract families
The Canberra Capitals insist that
slashing ticket prices is designed to
attract more families to the brand
rather than put more bums on seats as
they look to make the WNBL playoffs
for the first time in four years.
The price for a family ticket has
been halved to $25.
Capitals general manager Lachlan
Searle said they re unwilling to rely on
the Lauren Jackson factor to fill the
stands when she returns from injury a
few weeks into the season.
Adult tickets have been reduced
from $22 to $15, and students,
pensioners and seniors will pay $10.
It s a competitive family market
out there We re pretty conscious we
want to get primary school and early-
high-school kids to come, Searle
You can get caught up and
confused doing lots of ticket offers but
we re pretty happy with the value
we ve set and hopefully it ll increase
the numbers a bit. It s not about getting
bums on seats, it s about people
engaging with the brand. From our
point of view we feel we re in a
position to offer the best-value family
ticket in town.
The Capitals season starts away to
Melbourne Boomers on October 17;
their first home game is against
Sydney Flames on October 18.
Opal sidelined by policy
Her Canberra Capitals childcare
package has her primed for a career-
best WNBL season, but Abby Bishop
has hinted that her desire to return to
the Australian Opals hinges on
whether Basketball Australia tweaks
its parental policy.
Bishop has cared for her one-year-
old niece Zala since she was two days
old for personal reasons. But she quit
the Opals world championship
campaign, currently under way in
Turkey, after Basketball Australia
introduced a policy that meant she
would have to fund childcare, the costs
of flights and accommodation for a
The 25-year-old admitted on
Monday she wishes she was there
instead of watching the Opals world
championship campaign from the
couch, especially given they re
undefeated before Friday night s
quarter-final with Canada.
It does depend on her [Zala], but a
lot more depends on some things from
the other end, Bishop said. We ll
wait and see. I ll do what I can for the
Caps and then work on the Basketball
Australia stuff when the time comes.
Sitting there watching them at
home I wish I was there, but obviously
things didn t work out. I m not
dwelling on anything . . . hopefully I ll
be a part of it in the future.
Shock win for
at horse trials
Her pre-competition goal was just to
finish, but Teegan Ashby beat three
Olympic medallists to claim the
Canberra International Horse Trials
three-star crown at Equestrian Park on
The youngest competitor in the
field, the 20-year-old and her horse
Rockingham No Reason blitzed the
field in the final cross-country stage.
A member of the 2016 Olympics
national development squad, Ashby
edged out 2008 Olympic silver
medallist Megan Jones, with fellow
Olympians Stuart Tinney and Shane
Rose fourth and fifth respectively.
The win was a shock for the
Howlong native, given it was her and
her horse s maiden three-star
She was fifth after dressage and
fourth after showjumping during
Saturday s competition, but clocked
the quickest cross-country time on
It has given her belief she can one
day stand on an Olympic podium.
Steele in line
for club offer
While some kids can t sleep without a
teddy bear, soon-to-be-AFL-player
Jack Steele only needed his football.
Steele is guaranteed an AFL listing
But the Greater Western Sydney
academy member said it won t seem
real until he knows which club he ll
Officials from six AFL clubs visited
the 18-year-old at his Nicholls house
during the year. Brisbane and Swans
officials came to Canberra to watch
Most of the other 10 clubs have also
showed interest in the under-18 All-
Australian who was named NSW-ACT
Rams most valuable player at this
year s junior national championships.
Giants coach Leon Cameron told
Steele they were nominating him for
the academy bidding process, to be
held on Monday at 10am.
If none of the other clubs want him,
then the Giants get him with one of
their last picks in the November draft.
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