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Anglers excited as marlin chase bait
Strap yourselves in -- it s shaping up as
one of the best marlin fishing seasons
the south coast has seen in years.
My Facebook feed has been chock-
a-block since early January with
photos of happy anglers with hefty
marlin, mostly striped marlin taken
wide of Bermagui.
The water on the edge of the Shelf
has been as warm as 24 degrees and is
alive with bait. Fishos have been
scoring billfish on a daily basis on
trolled skipbaits and skirted lures.
The marlin aren t the only ones
chasing bait over the Shelf, with
supertrawler the Geelong Star spotted
fishing in the area last week.
Closer in, Montague Island is
producing legal-sized kings on jigs
and live bait. The flathead grounds
between the island and Bermagui are
fishing well for sand and tiger flathead
to 60 centimetres.
South coast estuaries are finally
clearing and fishing steadily.
Wagonga Inlet, which tends to stay
relatively clear in even the wettest
weather, is currently home to schools
of undersized kings, which are
terrorising schools of bait and giving
anglers a torrid time on light tackle.
The inlet is also fishing well for the
usual suspects -- flathead, bream, tailor
and one or two mulloway.
Decent cod continue to be caught
around Canberra. Lake Burley Griffin,
Yerrabi Pond and Gordon Pond have
yielded fish this week, although most
of the urban waterways are worth a
cast. Late evening is prime cod time,
especially if you re chasing one on a
Last week s cool change and
widespread rain helped breathe new
life into trout fishing in the mountains.
Big brown trout are featuring
prominently at Jindabyne, with fish to
four kilograms reported of late.
They re being taken from the bank on
bait and on trolled lures fished deep.
Tennis fan Ryan Lowe, of Canberra, has won a competition to attend the Australian Open as a VIP.
Young hot shot off to Melbourne
Kimberley Le Lievre
A bit nervous, but very excited. That s
how 10-year-old Canberran Ryan
Lowe described his feelings about
tossing the coin at the Australian
Open, after winning a national
Ryan was one of 12 young Aussies
who won the ANZ-sponsored
competition to be a VIP at the
Australian Open, which runs until
January 31 in Melbourne.
Ryan wrote, in 100 words or less,
why he wanted to be the Tennis Hot
Shot of the Year. He was chosen as he
demonstrated the spirit of tennis
through participation, enthusiasm and
enjoyment of the game.
Inspired by Canberra s own
professional tennis player Nick
Kyrgios, young Ryan said he was
excited to "get to see famous tennis
Dad David Lowe said it was a great
privilege for Ryan, who is one of six
"He s the one who is so enthusiastic
about tennis," Mr Lowe said.
"His brothers and sisters don t have
the same level of enthusiasm."
Mr Lowe said since Ryan found out
he d won in March 2015, the
anticipation had been building.
"He s been very excited.
"He s always wanted to go to the
Australian Open, but it s always been
a little bit expensive," Mr Lowe said.
The opportunity affords Ryan and
his father the chance to see top tennis
players in action. He also goes into the
draw to win $5000, a free tennis
coaching for a year and a visit from
former world No. 9 Alicia Molik for a
Mr Lowe said his son "greatly
admires" Kyrgios, who has been
inspirational for the young boy.
"He has met Nick Kyrgios a couple
of times in Canberra; he came down to
the local courts one day.
"As a parent, it is inspiring to see a
junior from Canberra making it in the
Mr Lowe said his son talked about
becoming professional all the time.
"Ryan plays tennis every day, he
Every morning, he s down on the
court and he has lessons almost every
day after school, so he s pretty keen."
As part of winning the competition,
Ryan has the chance to have a hit with
Molik on Rod Laver Arena and go
behind the scenes at Melbourne Park
during the Australian Open.
ESSENDON SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM SAGA
Roberts wants Hird to keep place in hall of fame
Chris Dutton and Jon Tuxworth
Former ACT Sport president Jim
Roberts has backed James Hird to keep
his place in Canberra s Hall of Fame
despite the dramatic fallout of
Essendon s supplements program.
The primary school Australian
football competition that bears Hird s
name is also set to maintain its
standing as the AFL world comes to
grips with the Court of Arbitration for
Sport s decision to ban 34 past and
present Essendon players.
Hird was Essendon coach when
supplements were given to players in
breach of the WADA doping code. He
described the CAS ruling as a
miscarriage of justice .
But Roberts said Hird was inducted
to the ACT Sport Hall of Fame for his
achievements as a player in a
253-game career with the Bombers
that delivered a Brownlow Medal and
He was inducted as an athlete and
full member -- you can t take that away
from him, Roberts said.
His career was phenomenal and
before all of this happened. As an
athlete he was a fine Canberran and
you can t take away the fact he s one
of the modern era s greatest players.
Cyclist Stephen Hodge asked to be
removed from the hall of fame in 2012
after confessing to taking
United to host home semi
Defending W-League champions
Canberra United will have their home
semi-final against Sydney FC live on
Fox Sports and ABC TV.
Canberra are assured of second spot
in the competition.
They will host the Sky Blues in an
elimination match on Sunday, January
24 at 2pm.
The winners will sit back and wait
for the result of the second semi-final
between unbeaten juggernaut
Melbourne City and the fourth-placed
team at AAMI Park on Monday,
That match will be the first part of
a double-header ahead of the
Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix
The Melbourne City semi-final will
also be shown live on Fox Sports and
City have already clinched the
Premier s Plate having won all of their
11 games this season.
But Canberra are building plenty of
momentum of their own on the back of
a seven-game winning streak and five
clean sheets in a row.
Canberra made light work of the
Western Sydney Wanderers with a 3-0
victory on Sunday (January 10) even
with Matildas stars Lydia Williams
and Michelle Heyman watching from
for top four
New Canberra Lakers coach Robert
Apps has set his sights on an
Australian Hockey League top four
spot in October after accepting the
position for the next two years.
Apps, who guided Central women
to the local hockey grand final last
year, also coached the ACT under-21
men s and women s squads before
taking on the top job.
The Australian Hockey League will
be held in Perth from late September,
and Apps insisted a finals spot is
That s definitely the goal, he
said. The way the competition is
structured at the moment with
different pools, it gives you the best
shot to get in the top four and play
It isn t unrealistic either. What you
usually find is one team dominates and
the others compete for the last couple
The thing I ll be looking at is the
personnel we have now and do we
need to look elsewhere for more higher
calibre-type players, and bring them
into the mix.
Fight for Rio
hits the track
More than 60 wheelchair athletes from
throughout the world will converge on
the ACT to challenge each other for
places at the Rio 2016 Paralympic
Games. They will participate in the
GIO Summer Down Under
Wheelchair Track and Road Racing
Series at the Australian Institute of
Sport on Wednesday, January 20, and
Thursday, January 21.
Kurt Fearnley OAM, Angie Ballard,
Rich Nicholson, Rheed McCracken
and Madison de Rozario will represent
the home country at the international
About 60 races are scheduled each
night, ranging from 100 metres to
5000 metres, and spectators are
advised to arrive early for good seats at
the free 5.30pm event.
The series begins with the race on
rollers at City Walk, between the
Canberra Centre and the fountain at
Ainslie Place, on Tuesday, January 19,
at midday. The public will have the
opportunity to race against a
wheelchair athlete at the launch.
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