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Northerly current sparks kingfish frenzy
A large school of legal-sized kingfish
arrived at Montague Island early in the
new year, attracting scores of boats
and hundreds of excited anglers.
When the fish were on, the bite was
frenetic, with most catching their bag
on live baits, jigs, dead baits and
trolled lures. The kings were all
around the 75 centimetres mark and
were concentrated around the northern
tip of the island.
The stellar fishing didn t last long,
however, with fickle currents slowing
the action after a day or so. Anglers are
waiting for the current to pick up from
the north again, which should trigger
another run of fish.
Snapper are biting nicely off
Batemans Bay and Moruya, with
plenty caught quite close to the shore
over the Christmas break. Tiger
flathead, trevally, morwong and
nannygai are also around. Drift the
sand, mud and gravel patches adjacent
to hard reef.
Estuary fishing has been a challenge
thanks to big crowds, masses of boats
and discoloured water. A Moruya
angler used his local knowledge to
snare half-a-dozen massive flathead
over 90 centimetres from the river. The
exact location and technique have been
kept under wraps.
Bream are on the chew at Moruya
and Tomakin, mainly on baits such as
live nippers and fresh prawns.
Bass have been lively in the upper
reaches of the Shoalhaven, Clyde,
Moruya and Tuross rivers, despite the
Locally, some explosive redfin
fishing is occurring in the urban lakes,
especially Burley Griffin and
Ginninderra. The reddies aren t large,
but they re a bit of fun. Walking the
shoreline with small plastics and hard-
bodies is the best way to find a school
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Include your name, where you
caught the fish, its weight, size and
LIFE SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
ACT Seals Lifesavers Charlotte Packard, 21, and Katherine Bell, 26, prepare at Dickson for championships.
Photo: Jamila Toderas
ACT's elite lifesavers go for pool glory
Canberra s best lifesavers are going to
Tasmania to compete in the Australian
Pool Life Saving Championships in
Hobart this week.
The ACT Seals, a team of eight
lifesavers representing the territory,
will compete with 150 champion
lifesavers from across the nation.
Team manager Cherry O Connor
said the Seals would come up against
strong teams such as Queensland,
NSW and Victoria. Our goal is to
meet the benchmark that we ve set
ourselves in previous years, she said.
We haven t dipped below fifth yet.
We ve managed to stay ahead of
Western Australia and Tasmania in
previous years and hopefully we ll
gain some ground on the South
Australian team this year.
They re next on our hit list.
The Australian Pool Life Saving
Championships are held annually --
NSW has claimed glory for the past
four years. Lifesavers are tested using
manikins, tow lines, obstacle swims
and other challenges where their
speed, judgment and knowledge can
Royal Life Saving national sport
advisor Rob Reid said all the events
were based on rescuing a person who
was in immediate danger.
Royal Life Saving national sport
and events officer Emma MacMillan
said there was a high standard of
competition and athleticism at
the championships. For the first time
since 2010, swimming pools overtook
beaches as the location with the
second highest number of drowning
deaths, with 39 in pools compared to
34 at beaches, she said. Pool
lifesaving teaches everyone the skills
that have and can save lives.
The championships take place from
Friday to Sunday at Hobart Aquatic
WOMEN'S GOLF Camp focuses on touring life skills
Madeleine Hunter, left, with mentor
Rachel Hetherington, right, and
Hope Cohen at last year's camp.
The best young female golfers in
Australia will hone their skills at
Royal Canberra Golf Club this week
for the ActewAGL Next Generation
The two-day camp, from January 14
to 16, has some of the biggest names
in Australian women s golf mentoring
In the camp s second year,
professional golfers Rachel
Hetherington, Shani Waugh and
Canberra star Nikki Campbell will
pass on their experience and expertise.
The 2015 camp will focus on
preparation, course strategy, life on
tour, health and fitness, nutrition and
Hetherington said the camp could
help young women with their golfing
careers whatever form that takes.
Australian Ladies Professional Golf
executive director Karen Lunn said the
camp was a valuable opportunity for
young women golfers to spend a
couple of days learning from the very
best that Australia had to offer.
Top-level soccer on offer
I know nothing about the goal-scoring
prowess of the Asian Cup teams
playing in Canberra.
Indeed, I don t know much about
the teams at all. So what is it that might
just lure me up to Bruce Stadium to get
involved? There are a few reasons.
Support sport: Canberra gets too
little international sport for us not to
support it. How do we ever expect to
get world sporting bodies to take us
seriously if we keep ignoring
Cheer the underdog: Canberra is an
underdog. Pick a team and back them
and then when the Socceroos fall in a
heap you can say you were never
backing them in the first place.
We re all from somewhere: This is a
tetchy area when it comes to soccer. I
don t get the whole cultural thing that
mars this game. Crowds fighting with
each other because they re from
different sides of the border of
somewhere, when in fact they have all
been born in Australia and have been
here for three generations. So get up
there and support your country. But
remember your country is Australia.
Good value holiday fun: The
cheapest tickets are about $16 and
about $5 for the kids and it s a good
opportunity to slip in a geography
lesson and serve up kimchi for dinner.
Come on kids, let s go watch soccer.
Balodis on a
Ask Ros Balodis how many singles
matches she s won in a row at the
Australian Senior Tennis
Championships and she doesn t know.
The Canberra tennis maestro has
It s a streak dating back to when she
started playing in the national seniors
titles in 1998.
I d only be guessing really, I don t
keep the numbers in my head, she
I haven t lost a singles match at the
Australian seniors since 1998 was my
I try not to focus on the numbers
and the records because it takes away
from the enjoyment of the tennis. I just
try and play my best tennis, that s what
I try to bring to the championships.
Balodis, 56, will defend her titles in
the over-55 women s singles, women s
doubles and mixed doubles at the
Canberra Tennis Centre from January
She is coming off a stellar 12
months, being named Australia s best
35-and-over tennis player for the
second straight year.
Three-time world champion Michael
Rogers says the past 12 months taught
him he spent a long time barking up
the wrong tree as a general
classification rider in races such as the
Tour de France, when he should have
concentrated on stage wins and
winning shorter tours instead.
The Canberra cyclist will compete
in the individual time trial and the road
race at the national road
championships in Ballarat on
Thursday and Sunday respectively, but
he said they come too early in his
season to be a chance.
He gives himself a better chance of
pinching a stage win at the Tour Down
Under in Adelaide this month, but felt
the nationals would belong to Richie
Porte or one of the younger Aussie
riders such as Luke Durbridge.
Rogers main goals lie later in the
year, at the Giro d Italia and Tour de
France, where he will look to replicate
his feats of 2014 and get a few more
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