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PRIDE OF THE PERCH
Organisers of the Pride of the Perch fishing competition Adam Samios and Sasha Booker at the lake near Scriviner Dam. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Fishing event marks return of summer
Monster carp, the odd cod and loads of
redfin and yellowbelly will be on the
hook for the Pride of the Perch fishing
competition s return in November.
The event will hit the shores of Lake
Burley Griffin -- experienced anglers
and first-timers all welcome -- on
Sunday, November 9.
Canberra on the Water director and
event organiser Adam Samios said it
was the second year of the competition
and he hoped to make it an annual
"What better way to get friends,
families and anglers alike out in
Canberra than to have a barbecue by
the water and take part in a fishing
competition marking the beginning of
the warmer weather? he said.
"The long term plan for the Pride of
the Perch is to get more people
registered so more sponsors can come
The event helps to bring the fishing
community together while raising
money to improve Canberra s
Mr Samios said funds raised from
the competition would go to the
Capital Region Fishing Alliance to
improve ACT waterways and promote
Canberra as a fishing hotspot.
Competitors interested in taking
part in the Pride of the Perch can
register as an individual or a family of
four at a discounted price.
Registrations close on November 2.
Fishing will take place from 8am to
4pm and a presentation will be held at
Gryphons Caffe & Bar, Kingston, at
There will be more than $1000 in
cash up for grabs with fishing gear,
Tonic Eyewear, BCF vouchers and
lucky door prizes also to be won.
For more information, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS
your email address to
0422 717 077.
Humpback whale family thrills anglers as cod deaths continue to spread
Unpredictable weather is resulting in
topsy-turvy fishing in South Coast
A plummeting barometer and an
influx of cold water put paid to the
flathead action in Moruya River last
Many anglers drew a total blank
despite their best efforts.
The lower reaches of Tuross Lake
also went a bit quiet as the water
dipped below 17 degrees while
locations upstream, where the water
was close to 20 degrees, fared a bit
better, with flatties still about.
Despite the changeable fishing, it
has been a great start to spring as far
as big flathead go, with fish over 80cm
continuing to be reported from spots
like Wallaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet.
The highlight for anglers fishing at
Wagonga recently was the appearance
in the inlet of a family of humpback
whales -- a rare sighting in such calm,
Surface action is improving in the
shallows, with whiting and tailor
taking poppers and surface walkers at
Tuross. This form of fishing will only
get better as the mercury climbs.
The Murray cod deaths at Yerrabi
Pond have spread to nearby Gungahlin
The cause has still to be determined
but new theories are emerging on a
At this stage, it looks like more than
100 cod, mostly mature fish between
60 and 90cm long, have died in both
waterways in the past three weeks.
ACT Environment and Planning are
still investigating and Yerrabi is off
limits to activities such as fishing,
swimming and wading until further
Golden perch are stirring in Lake
Burley Griffin ahead of the Pride of the
Perch fishing competition, being held
at Lake Burley Griffin on November 9.
Zelic backs ACT's case for inclusion
Ned Zelic at Canberra Stadium.
Photo: ROHAN THOMSON
Socceroos legend Ned Zelic says
Canberra deserves to have an
A-League club and next year s Asian
Cup is a chance to prove the ACT
should be represented in our national
The 43-year-old was named an
Asian Cup ambassador last week and
took the opportunity to state his home
town s case.
Canberra should be there now,
We deserve to have a team and this
is a great opportunity for the fans to
show that, so I m hoping people come
out and watch the games.
He said every A-League club
received enough money from
television rights to cover their
$2.55 million salary cap and was
confident that enough financial
backing could be found to cover the
rest of the costs.
Zelic also said the crowd of 20,032
for the Socceroos clash with Kuwait
at Canberra Stadium in 2009 proved
there was enough support.
Football Federation Australia told
Canberra the Socceroos-Kuwait game
was a litmus test for getting an
A-League club five years ago.
Despite passing the test , they
were overlooked in favour of the
Western Sydney Wanderers when the
Another expansion isn t expected
until at least 2017, with only cities that
have a population of at least a million
to be considered.
Zelic warned Canberrans off using
the repeated FFA snubbings as an
excuse to avoid Asian Cup games.
He said while the countries and
players on show at Canberra Stadium
weren t household names -- like South
Korea, China, Qatar and Iraq -- he
could vouch for their quality after
playing against them himself.
To not have the capital city playing
in the A-League is disappointing . . .
[but] it would be a bit of a mistake for
people to think, I m disillusioned, I m
going to stay home now .
After a stint in the defunct National
Soccer League, Zelic s path to 34 caps
for Australia was kick-started when he
played for Canberra FC in the NSW
He felt the return of an ACT club to
that competition would provide a
valuable pathway for local talent as
playing regularly at a higher level
would provide greater opportunities.
$1000 to be
won for the
CANBERRA S fastest server could
win $1000 cash at the Speed Serve
Challenge at Belconnen Tennis Club s
annual activities day in Maquarie.
The club will host a range of events,
with proceeds going to charity, on
President Norm Burmester said
entrants would pay a gold coin
The proceeds will go to Pegasus
Riding for the Disabled.
He urged tennis clubs, government
departments and businesses to find a
big server to sponsor for the open
"Who knows, we might be able to
beat the world record which presently
stands at 263km/h, he said.
He said the community was invited
to enjoy the free activities.
There will be giveaways, free tennis
lessons, nutrition advice, colouring
competitions, a hit-the-target
challenge, lucky gate prizes, a sausage
sizzle and more.
Another highlight of the day will be
the official opening of the resurfaced
The ACT government provided a
$26,000 grant to help cover half the
cost of resurfacing two of the club s
The club resurfaced a third court
from their own funds.
The upgrades cost $80,000 in total
and the club still had one court to
They also need to update the lights
at the courts.
Mr Burmester said the tennis club
was very grateful for the ACT
government s financial support.
The Ultimate Club Challenge runs
from 9.30am to 3.30pm, while the
Peter Blackshaw Belconnen Speed
Serve Challenge begins at 11.30am.
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