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Anglers stay busy tackling kingfish frenzy
With the trout streams closed and the
mountain lakes a tad cold for most
anglers, attention turned to the coast,
where the action has been pretty hot.
Offshore anglers have been getting
the royal treatment with Montague
Island the scene of some frenetic
The fish are the largest seen at the
island for a long time, averaging about
80cm; some are over a metre long and
nudging 10 kilograms.
When they're running, most boats
are catching their bag limit with the
peak bite generally occurring in the
In a particularly frantic session, one
charter boat picked up 40 kings in 30
The fish are readily taking live baits,
dead baits, jigs, trolled lures and soft
Bottom bouncing for reef fish has
also been outstanding along the coast.
Morwong, snapper and flathead are
active over the sand and gravel patches
and will happily hit a squid, prawn or
pilchard bait or well-placed soft
Rock and beach fishing is firing for
salmon, tailor, bream and sharks.
The rocks at Broulee are producing
salmon and a smattering of other
species, mainly on bait.
A massive wobbegong made itself
at home close to the stones and is
keeping anglers entertained as it
cruises close to shore.
Beaches around Narooma and
Bermagui are yielding salmon, bream
and gummy sharks, with good catches
on dusk and after dark.
Estuary fishing has slowed
markedly but it's by no means a total
St Georges Basin has been a bright
light, dishing up reasonable bream and
flathead fishing in spite of the cold
The secret is to target bait schools in
deeper water, and use a metal vibe or
weighted soft plastic.
Scott Bower, Deborah Vertessy, Noah Aziz-Parker, John Sutherland and Paul Bailey.
Fighters off to world championship
Five Canberrans are part of a 32-strong
Australian team heading to the 2015
Taekwondo World Championship in
London, from July 10-12.
The Canberra contingent bring
more than 70 years experience to the
team, which will compete against
more than 30 countries at the Unified
International Taekwon-do Federation
Scott Bower, Deborah Vertessy,
Noah Aziz-Parker, John Sutherland
and Paul Bailey make up the ACT
group within the Australian team.
Bower, a sixth degree blackbelt, is
the multiworld champion and title
holder in all divisions.
Meanwhile veterans Bailey and
Sutherland, both third degree
blackbelts, and Vertessy, a second
degree blackbelt, will join 14-year-old
Aziz-Parker, a blue belt red stripe and
the most junior member of the
Described as the "baby" of the team,
Aziz-Parker has only been training in
taekwondo for two years.
In comparison some on his team
have more than 30 years of experience.
Bailey said the strengths of the
squad went beyond the Canberra
fighters to the entire Australian team.
"We support each other; although
we are spread all along the eastern sea
board we are very tight knit," he said.
"We have had regular squad training
and bonding weekends where we have
all had the great pleasure of becoming
a team in a mostly individual sport."
After he returned from an eight-year
hiatus from competition two years
ago, Bailey will aim to bring back a
medal or two while building his
experience in the sport. In 2003,
Bailey represented Australia on the
world stage in Greece where he
competed in patterns, power breaking
and sparing in the individual and team
"My goals for the championship
are to firstly enjoy my experience on
the world circuit," he said.
"Place gold, silver or bronze in at
least one, if not all of my categories."
The last time that the world
championship was held in London
NETBALL GRAND FINAL
Tuggeranong snatches ACT State League title
Champagne and tears were flowing as
Tuggeranong ended Arawang's hopes
of a third-straight ACT State League
title with a resounding 47-35 victory in
Sunday's grand final at the ACT
Neck and neck through the first two
quarters, Tuggeranong opened up a
gap in the third before the minor
premier showed its class to close out
the game in style.
Tuggeranong captain Maddie White
was elated to lift the trophy after such
a long absence.
It feels amazing that all of our hard
work has finally paid off. It was
probably more of a 15-year plan, so
it's about building the culture back
up,'' White said.
Leading by just one goal at half-
time, Tuggeranong sprung a tactical
change at the major break, bringing on
Vanessa Mullampy at goal shooter to
replace Jo Pivac. The move to allow
Tuggeranong to play quicker in attack
paid dividends as it opened up an
eight-goal advantage midway through
the third quarter. Arawang closed to
within three goals early in the last
quarter, but Pivac dominated with her
size and strength in her second stint as
Tuggeranong put the game out of
reach. I had a feeling this was going
to be our year,'' Tuggeranong coach
Nicole Bowles said.
it in the end
Joshua Badenoch with this 25kg
jewfish that he caught in the Clyde
River at Batemans Bay on June 1.
He fought for 50 minutes to reel it
in, and said that the fish fought like
none that he had ever caught
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caught the fish, its weight, size
Newly-appointed 2017 Rugby League
World Cup chief executive Michael
Brown says his experience from the
Asian Cup shows Canberra is worthy
of hosting major sporting events.
Brown will take up his role with the
Rugby League World Cup next month
after being at the helm of the Local
Organising Committee for soccer's
2015 Asian Cup.
Canberra was the success story of
the tournament, with more than 82,000
fans attending the seven games during
the quiet holiday period. Canberra
Stadium was also judged to have had
the best playing surface for the
Brown said what happened with the
Asian Cup should provide a blueprint
for how Canberra would embrace
rugby league's showpiece event.
I'm very keen to talk to the
Government and Chief Minister
(Andrew Barr), who was very
supportive during the Asian Cup, and
see if there are opportunities there.''
Canberra teenager Sam Dobb is by no
means a one-trick pony.
A Brumbies academy player and
junior weightlifting medallist, Dobb
collected three medals at the National
Judo Championship last weekend.
The Year 12 student won the junior
100kg and cadet men's 90kg
categories. Dobb then decided to try
his luck in the senior men's 100kg
category and landeda silver medal.
Dobb's coach, Steve Hill, says the
teenager was born to be an athlete but
hard work and determination have led
to his success.
He's been blessed with genetics;
he is a natural athlete,'' Hills said.
But it's also his work ethic, it's
unreal the amount of training that he
does with rugby and judo. Sometimes
I have to tell him not to train, just to
have a rest.''
Dobb doesn't lack ambition, with
aspirations to become a professional
footballer as well as representing
Australia in judo at the Olympics.
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