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Murray cod peaked but plenty of others
Murray cod fishing, which exploded in
the lead-up to Christmas, has slowed a
little in the new year, although good
catches continue to be reported.
Boat traffic and increased angling
pressure during the holiday period is
being blamed for a reasonably quiet
period on the cod fishing front at
Burrinjuck. In saying that, a couple of
metre-plus fish have been taken this
week and there are stacks of redfin and
a few yellowbelly around to keep
Blowering has been the hot-spot for
truly massive cod, with one or two
over 130cm caught and released this
year. Again, the action has died down
of late but it s certainly the lake to head
to if you re after a record-breaker.
Close to home, anglers are having a
ball in the urban waterways, catching
small-to-medium sized cod on
spinnerbaits, deep-divers and vibes.
Lakes Burley Griffin and Ginninderra
have been productive; Burley Griffin is
also producing lots of redfin and small
yellowbelly. Late afternoon and
evening have been the peak periods.
Trout fishing remains hit and miss.
Trollers are bagging some quality
browns and rainbows at Jindabyne,
mainly on deep-trolled Tasmanian
Devils but the action is inconsistent.
The rivers and streams are flowing
nicely after recent rain and should fish
well on the dry fly once sunnier
Game fishing looks set to heat up as
marlin become more prevalent over
Boats out of Narooma, Bermagui,
Batemans Bay and Ulladulla are hooking
striped marlin to 80kg but they ve been
caught as far south as Eden.
Beach fishos around Broulee and
Moruya will be alarmed to learn that
netters killed 4000kg of sand whiting
in the area just before the holidays.
What a disgrace!
If you've taken a photo of a
whopping big fish you've just
caught send it to news@chronicle.
com.au. Include your name, where
you caught the fish, its weight, size
YMCA sailing co-ordinator Marc Ablett with one of the ACT's rising stars Blake Molyneux, 15.
Photo: Mark Sawa
Talented youth set for ACT sailing title
Canberra s best young sailors are
preparing to hit the water for the
annual ACT Youth Championships on
Lake Burley Griffin next month.
There has been a surge of interest in
the sport over recent years adding
more boats and more crews to the
Event organiser and YMCA sailing
co-ordinator Marc Ablett said the
annual championship had spanned
It has had its peaks and troughs,
Mr Ablett said. "We went through a
period at this club where we basically
had no juniors at all. Now we are just
flying with the amount of juniors
we ve got.
I dare say we ll probably get 20
boats from the YMCA and the
Canberra Yacht Club might send about
30 or 40.
The regatta tests all skill levels from
beginners to experienced young
All skippers are under 19 and will
need to master the famously fluky lake
conditions to be in with a chance of
One of the title favourites will be the
crew containing 15-year-old Blake
Molyneux and his sailing partner
James Caffey, 16.
Blake took part in the 72nd National
Championships at George s River
Sailing Club on Botany Bay in early
January after just four years of sailing
on Lake Burley Griffin.
"I needed a summer thing to do, he
said. "I was a bit dubious when I first
got here but the people were just
amazing in terms of their support and
getting me into the boats."
From there he fell in love with the
"It requires a mental astuteness,
he said. "You have to think about
things really logically and really
quickly. But it also has a physical
challenge if you want. You can jump
in and have some fun or you can do
some really serious racing.
The championships take place on
Lake Burley Griffin on February 7
Capital mooted as base for new side
Jason Behrendorff celebrates a
wicket with teammates during the
tour match between the Prime
Minister's XI and England at
Manuka Oval last week.
Photo: Mark Nolan/Getty Images
Canberra is being considered as a
possible base for a seventh team in the
one-day domestic competition to be
included as early as next summer.
Cricket Australia is considering its
options for next season, with the
developmental National Performance
Squad one option for the seventh team.
Canberra quick Jason Behrendorff
was part of the NPS last winter and
came on in leaps and bounds, to the
point where he was considered
unlucky to miss out on Australia s
World Cup squad.
CA want to give more opportunities
to promising players following the
NPS side s upset win over Australia A
last year in a quadrangular one-day
series which also involved India A and
South Africa A.
Cricket ACT has been campaigning
for a return to the ODD competition, in
which the Canberra Comets played
before they were booted out in 2000.
Canberra is being considered as a
potential base for the NPS side while
Manuka Oval is being considered as a
potential venue for games.
Meanwhile, Cricket ACT, Cricket
NSW and Cricket Australia will
announce their memorandum of
understanding in the coming days,
possibly as early as Friday.
Peel wins gold at champs
Laura Peel has become the first Australian to win a gold
medal in the aerials at the freestyle skiing world
championships since Alisa Camplin 12 years ago.
Canberra s Peel earned 88.47 points to edge Kiley
Mckinnon of the United States by 0.35, with defending
champion Xu Mengtao (86.84) of China winning
bronze on the opening day of the tournament in Austria,
early on Friday morning, Australian time.
Xu, the Olympic silver medallist, led the competition
until landing on her back after the final jump.
I just can t believe it, said the 25-year-old Peel,
who earned her sole World Cup win at the same venue,
Kreischberg, three years ago.
Xu is an incredible jumper and her landing is
usually bang on. I am just so happy to be on top of the
Peel had qualified second for the world
championship final of 12 athletes.
The Canberra Cavalry s emergence as
one of the Australian Baseball
League s top teams is helping draw the
fairer sex to the game, according to
ACT women s coach Matthew Talbot.
Talbot s team will play Queensland
in the bronze medal game at the
women s national championship at
Narrabundah Ballpark on Saturday
after they beat the President s
Friendship team 16-6 on Friday.
NSW and Victoria will fight it out
for the gold medal.
Talbot was pleased with the way his
squad has gone, given its youthful
composition - there are seven under-18
players on the roster.
He put the talent coming through
down to the Cavalry being part of the
ABL s first five seasons.
I think [the Cavalry] have played a
big part. It s exposure, they can get out
here and watch the Cavalry, we have a
brand and that s important, he said.
There s a pretty competitive
relationship between baseball and
softball here in Canberra -- softball in
Canberra s been pretty strong for a
long time so having a brand like the
Cavalry is always going to help, and
having the facilities at Narrabundah is
always going to help too.
Canberra cyclist Sue Powell has been
named in an Australian team to defend
her para-cycling world track
championships title in the Netherlands
from March 26-29.
Australia was the most successful
country at the 2014 championships in
Mexico, snaring 17 medals and five
rainbow jerseys awarded to world
Powell is one of three Australian
riders aiming to defend their titles,
along with nine-time world champion
Michael Gallagher (Victoria) and
tandem pairing Matt Formston (NSW)
and pilot Michael Curran (NSW).
Powell is the reigning world,
Paralympic and national champion as
well as the world record holder in the
The 47-year-old was awarded an
Order of Australia medal last year and
has been crowned ACT Athlete of the
Year three times.
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