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all the tricks
to catch trout
It s certainly been a tough spring for
trout anglers, with the mountain lakes
providing only brief moments of joy,
despite looking picture-perfect.
Don t get me wrong -- fish are being
caught. But successful anglers are
having to work extremely hard to hook
Unseasonably hot weather and
bright conditions haven t helped.
During the day, the only method that s
yielding results is deep trolling on
downriggers or with leadline.
Shore-based fishing is reasonable in
the early morning and late evening.
Try worms or powerbait.
At Jindabyne, there s still the very
real chance of tangling with big
rainbow trout. The largest rainbow
caught in the recent Snowy Mountains
Trout Festival weighed 2.3 kilograms
-- that s a genuine five-pound fish in
the old money.
Canberra s lakes are fishing
reasonably well. The recent Pride of
the Perch competition on Lake Burley
Griffin didn t produce any outstanding
fish, but a steady stream of modest-
sized golden perch and redfin were
caught. The best golden went
43 centimetres and the largest redfin
measured 36 centimetres.
On the coast, dolphinfish and
yellowfin tuna continue to coax
anglers out to the continental shelf,
where the water is about 20 degrees.
The fishing s been hit and miss, but
who s going to turn down the chance
to tangle with a yellowfin or dollie
this early in the season?
Anglers fishing the estuaries are
often preoccupied with finding deep
water when, in actual fact, the best
fishing is usually in the shallows.
That s certainly the case at the
moment, with flathead to
94 centimetres reported on poppers
and surface lures fished in just
centimetres of water. Terrific reports
have come from the Moruya River.
COMPETITION FOR WILDCARD ENTRY
are competing to
win a wildcard
entry into the
next year. Photo:
Melba tennis pair chase Open dream
The sun streams down on the Melba
tennis court as Sarina Kang, 18, and
Christian Parker, 20, train in the noon
The pair are part of a competition
against 11 other teams, including
ACT s Nicole Morris and Troy Smith,
to win a spot in the mixed doubles
tournament at the Australian Open.
Kang and Parker will travel to
Melbourne next month to put their
tennis skills to the test.
Despite only playing together for
the past two months, Kang and Parker
believe they ve got what it takes to
Head coach Owen Peemoeller, of
Melba Tennis Club, said the pair could
be trailblazers for the club.
"They re more than capable of
going places with their tennis, he
Their ability is not in question, it s
whether they can do it on the day when
Kang, who has been playing tennis
for about 10 years, said this could be
the first step in her dream of becoming
a professional tennis player.
"The competition stuff is going to
be really tough, but it ll be good-Ido
actually think [we have a good
chance]. It is my dream to play in the
Australian Open," she said.
"Tennis is my thing. I m going to
take next year off to do my full-time
tennis, so I m going to give it a shot at
becoming a professional."
Parker has been playing for 16
years, and said he s going to take full
advantage of the opportunity that s
been given to him.
"I think we ve got as good a chance
as anybody, he said.
We re just as hungry, and just as
determined. I think if we play the way
we know we can, I don t think there s
any reason we can t make it. I ve got
full confidence in our ability.
When it comes to concentrating,
however, the two have different
"When I m on the court and there is
an important point to win, I tend to
pump myself up. It s nerve-racking
either way, but I find it better if I pump
myself up and try and get that
important point," Kang said.
For Parker, it s a totally different
approach. He said he keeps himself as
light as possible, singing Jason Mraz s
I'm Yours in his head to calm his
"I just try and relax and try and not
think about it, and it works."
If the pair are successful in the play-
offs on December 21, they will earn a
$5000 grant for Melba Tennis Club
and receive the full grand slam
treatment at the Rod Laver Arena.
OLYMPIC GAMES CAMPAIGNER
BMX champion encourages children to TRY
Caroline Buchanan with St Edmunds year 4 students Luca Morell, Hugo
Nobbs and James Lowry.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
BMX star Caroline Buchanan has her
sights set on Olympic Games
retribution in 2016 and will try to
make it back-to-back World Cup titles
Buchanan is in Canberra for a well-
deserved off-season break after a
hectic season culminating in an overall
title in the BMX Supercross World
The 24-year-old dynamo emerged
triumphant at the end of the five legs
after winning round one in
Manchester, round three in Berlin and
finishing second in the final round in
Chula Vista in the US.
The only blight on Buchanan s
season was a ninth-placed finish at the
world championships in the
Netherlands in July, where she failed
to defend the title she won in Auckland
Buchanan s performances in the
World Cup has Australia well placed
to secure two spots for women at the
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
We re a year and a half out from
the Rio Olympics, so now qualifying is
at its peak and the lead up to Rio is
getting closer, Buchanan said.
Australia s doing really well and
this World Cup series win this year has
been a big confidence boost. We ve
got to continue to stay in the top-four-
ranked countries to qualify for Rio and
for myself, a year from the Games is
when my individual points start
counting to which two girls will be
Buchanan was at St Edmund s
College on Tuesday to promote next
year s Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids
TRYathlon, which is set to become the
biggest under-16s triathlon series on
the planet with more than 40,000
taking part worldwide.
About 1500 Canberra juniors will
swim, ride and run their way around a
specially designed course at the AIS
on February 15.
Buchanan will enjoy her annual six-
week break in Canberra before getting
back on the track for the opening
round of the national series on the
Gold Coast in January.
She will then head to Manchester to
start the defence of her World Cup title
in April before turning her focus to the
world championships in Belgium in
From then on, all roads lead to the
2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Buchanan is keen to make amends
for a disappointing performance at the
London Olympic Games in 2012
where she missed the medals.
You learn a lot from your first
Olympic Games experience,
Everyone thinks they re prepared,
but you never are. The goal is to clean
up the mistakes I made in London and
finish these two years of qualifying
with a gold medal.
SUPER SERVERS VIE FOR
Mia Ratkovic sends down the fastest
serve in the women's division.
The Belconnen Tennis Club held a
speed serve competition last weekend
to celebrate the opening of their
The speed serve competition was
won by Mia Ratkovic, whose serve
The men s division was won by
Alun Jones, whose serve reached
Three of the eight courts at the club
were resurfaced, subsidised by the
All proceeds from the event went to
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled.
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