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Freshwater angling good in local lakes
The local lakes are producing some of
the best freshwater fishing action
anglers have seen in the capital for
From Lake Tuggeranong in the
south to Yerrabi Pond in the north, all
the urban waterways are firing for cod,
golden perch and redfin.
Tuggeranong in particular has been
surprisingly productive. Better known
for its shopping trolleys and fast food
wrappers, the lake is dishing up small
cod and redfin -- mostly on lures.
The best area appears to be the
shoreline from under the main bridge
around to the college and library.
Yerrabi has been handy too,
yielding cod, golden perch and reddies
late in the day.
The trout streams need a little rain,
with legal-sized fish becoming very
skittish because of falling water levels.
Small trout, however, are reportedly
everywhere and will hit a lure or fly in
broad daylight. This is fun but don t
expect too many trout over 20cm!
On the coast, estuary fishing is
excellent. The recent flathead and
bream tournament at Tuross saw
flatties up to 90cm and bream to 34cm
landed. Tuross and Wagonga inlet are
also harbouring a few nice mulloway.
Beach fishing is improving rapidly
after a few quiet months.
Big salmon are being reported from
many locations, including Broulee,
Moruya, Potato Point and Narooma.
There are some good bream and few
small mulloway around too, with
beachworms being the gun bait.
It was disappointing to hear reports
of netters killing more than 50 tonnes
of salmon around Tuross last week.
These fish were apparently sold for a
paltry $650 per tonne for crayfish bait
in South Australia.
They d be worth much more to the
South Coast economy if they were still
alive and swimming.
If you've a photo of a whopping
big fish you've just caught send it
Include your name, where you
caught the fish, its weight, size and
Michael Chapman is preparing to compete in the Canberra Marathon.
Photo: Matt Bedford
For some running is a hobby, for some
a sport and for others it can be a way
For Michael Chapman it has been a
way of dealing with tragedy close to
The 28-year-old school teacher,
who said he had gone through some
difficult times in the past six months,
has run internationally and represented
Australia but at the moment he is
focused on the Canberra Marathon.
"I found that training for this
marathon has just taken my mind
off things, he said. "I ve had a hard
six months. "This race I m just going
to give it everything. Running has
gotten me through hard times. When
my mum died I turned to running to
help me and I ve done the same thing
He has been a teacher for five years
and has been running competitively
for 15. In an unusual step he has put
aside the assistance of one of
Canberra s top running coaches,
Instead he wants to prepare and run
the next race on his own terms.
He said once this race is run he
will be able to move on. The next step
would be to qualify for the Australian
Mountain Running Championship.
"I represented Australia last year in
Italy, Chapman said.
To qualify for the team again would
see the Territorian back in full flight.
Fortunately he lives in an exception
"Canberra is one of the best places
in the world to train, he said.
While he looks ahead the immediate
test of his one-man training regime
will be the Australian Running
Festival. "Last year I won the Canberra
Half Marathon, the year before that I
came fourth in the marathon and
fourth in the ultra-marathon,
He is hoping to repeat those high
performances before putting the past
The Australian Running Festival
gives competitors a chance to run in a
variety of events, including the
50-kilometre Ultra Marathon.
The 2015 Australian Running
Festival will take place on
Saturday, April 11, and Sunday,
For more information visit
Bibby backtracks on WNBL retirement plans
Canberra Capitals veteran Jess Bibby
has revealed a simple half-hour shoot
around with coach Carrie Graf helped
convince her to abandon her retirement
plans with the WNBL games record at
The guard initially planned to hang
up the boots after last season on 370
games, just seven short of the all-time
record held by Lucille Bailie and
Australian Opals great Rachael Sporn.
Down on form and playing with a
fractured neck, Bibby said in
November that she had decided to quit.
A quick tutorial from Graf before
the last round win over Bendigo,
where she scored 11 points in 14
minutes, gave her belief that she still
has something to offer.
I m the first person to admit I
didn t have a great year.
I ve probably been the best six
man in the league for a while now and
wasn t able to contribute what I had in
the past, Bibby said.
That shooting session before the
last game showed, when I can get
some extra work in in my shot, I can
be effective. We feel like we ve found
the formula and Graffy wanted me to
She said it will be an emotional
moment when she racks up the eight
games needed to break the
SPORTS MED SOFTWARE
Concussion in the spotlight
Understanding the impact of
concussions and injuries in
community sport will be easier with
the release of new software available
to Canberra sporting clubs.
The software will allow Sports
Medicine Australia to record and
collate data about injuries as well as
monitor concussion rates in the ACT.
This will result in improved care for
athletes and will prevent potentially
catastrophic side-effects of returning a
concussed athlete to training or
competition too early.
Concussed athletes will also be
invited to participate in a study
conducted by Dr Lisa Elkington, a
PhD student at the University of
Canberra, who is undertaking a project
on concussion management.
Elkington said while concussion
was being taken more seriously in
professional sporting codes such as the
NRL and the AFL, community sport
was lagging behind.
Concussion is quite high profile in
sport at the moment and in the
professional setting, but I think it s
easy for concussions to be missed at
the community level, Elkington said.
It s quite a difficult condition to test
and manage. There s no one test
that you can do and no imaging studies
that definitively say that someone
ACTVAC AIS 12/03/2015:
100m Championships Women:
W40 R Mansell 14.81, W55 S Bourke
14.85, A Lloyd 16.74, G Hodges
17.04, W60 M Reid 16.05, M Rossiter
17.63, W70 F Harris 21.61, W85 G
100m Championship Men: M35
M Rossiter 12.06, M40 S Barwick
14.23, M50 J Laing 16.68, M55 L
Kennedy 13.62, D Massey 15.34, M60
D Macnicol 14.33, B Kingston 15.04,
M75 K de Smet 20.24.
400m: M35 M Rossiter 54.26, M45
G Monro 1:15.41, M50 P Letts
1:14.11, M55 D Massey 1:20.06, W55
S Bourke 1:11.11, W60 M Reid
1:18.10, M Rossiter 1:26.95.
1500 Championships Women:
W40 L Laajoki 5:09.63, W55 H
Larmour 5:55.35, W60 K Sims
1500m Championships Men: M40
S Hutchison 5:06.09, M45 G Monro
5:29.32, M50 B Graham 4:37.74, C
Farlow 4:54.49, D Moore 5:13.53,
M55 D Clarke 5:35.69, M65 R
Costmeyer 5:51.76, P Archer 6:08.23,
M70 B Thomas 8:01.28.
3000 m: M50 B Graham 10:01.88,
I McDonald 11:36.80, P Cullen
13:48.52, M55 D Clarke 11:38.89,
M65 R Costmeyer 13:04.70, J White
14:38.28, M70 B Thomas 17:26.67,
W55 H Larmour 12:29.51, W60 K
Sims 13:47.84, R Baussmann
16:19.81, S Greathead 17:06.53, W65
M McSpadden 17:07.21.
5000m: M40 S Hutchison 18:50.10,
M45 S Rohan-Jones 17:23.51, M55 R
High Jump: M50 J Laing 1.25,
W55 A Lloyd 1.30.
Championship Event -- Long
Jump: M40 B Kingston 3.60, M50 J
Laing 3.81, M60 M Clapper 4.37, D
Macnicol 4.26, A Podolak 3.96, M75
R Bramwell 2.86, W55 A Lloyd 3.62,
W60 M Reid 3.69, W70 F Harris 2.41.
Championship Event -- Shot Put:
M35 M Rossiter 8.81, M40 B
Kingston 7.66, M45 J Donovan 7.35,
M60 D Macnicol 9.36, M Clapper
8.83, B Kingston 8.15, M65 B Banens
10.35, G Maher 7.75, R Kennelly 4.70,
W50 J Hardy 8.82, W55 A Lloyd 7.81,
L England 6.11, W65 M Taylor 5.87,
D Bramwell 4.78, W70 J Banens 6.85,
R Rudov 5.74.
Javelin: M60 B Kingston 24.35,
M65 B Banens 32.11, M75 R
Bramwell 17.81, W50 J Hardy 22.76,
W55 L England 11.63, W65 D
Bramwell 8.87, W70 J Banens 13.53,
R Rudov 11.51.
Heavy Weight: M45 J Donovan
7.04, M60 B Kingston 10.69, M65 B
Banens 12.24, M70 J Reynolds 13.91,
W50 J Hardy 12.25, W55 L England
6.70, W70 J Banens 10.66, R Rudov
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