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Marlin numbers still strong off the coast
From the estuaries to the bluewater,
South Coast fishing is as good as it's
been all summer.
While the rock, beach, river and
lake fishing is tip-top, it's hard to look
past the lively game-fishing action
unfolding over the Continental Shelf.
The marlin bite off the coast
continues unabated. Striped marlin are
in good numbers off Batemans Bay,
Bermagui and Eden thanks to
24-degree water and mountains of bait.
The areas known as 12 Mile and the
Bait Hole, off Bermagui, have been
Switchbaiting, a technique where
the fish is coaxed up behind the boat
with a teaser, then encouraged to eat a
trolled skipbait -- usually a whole
bonito, striped tuna or frigate mackerel
-- is proving very effective. At
Montague Island, the kingfish are
steadily increasing in size, with fish to
95 centimetres reported in numbers
last week. Live bait is the best way to
connect to a solid king.
Smaller kings are still around in
Wagonga Inlet if you're after some
light tackle fun.
Salmon have come on the bite in the
wake of recent flooding and heavy
seas. Anglers fishing the breakwall at
Moruya are catching plenty on
pilchards. Strangely, lures have been
far less effective
A few nice little snapper have also
been caught off the South Coast rocks
in recent weeks, mostly on pilchards
fished under the salmon schools. There
are some big silver trevally about, too.
Anglers prepared to continue
casting after dark seem to be the ones
having the most luck on the natives in
the local lakes.
Yerrabi Pond is dishing up both cod
and golden perch after the sun goes
down. Spinnerbaits are the lure of
Burrinjuck is teeming with redfin,
with anglers having little trouble
catching fish to 30cm on plastics,
blades and small divers.
WU BATTLING INJURY
Canberra triathlete Michelle Wu says the pain in the top of her neck is worse when she is not exercising.
Photo: Graham Tidy
Triathlons aren't just for super-elite
Canberra triathlete Michelle Wu is
unsure how often she will compete this
year as she manages a chronic back
But the 32-year-old is confident she
can race pain-free in the corporate and
community triathlon in Canberra on
Wu has been battling the injury,
which has required cortisone
injections for pain in her neck, for the
past eight months.
It's a bit weird, because it hasn't
actually stopped me from training or
racing, really. It's just a bit of a dull
ache up in the top of the neck. It sort
of comes and goes every now and
then,'' Wu said.
It's worse when I'm not
exercising, which sounds really
Wu is beginning her year with the
Canberra race, which is aimed at
spreading awareness of the importance
of exercise and is part of an initiative
by the ACT government.
ACT Sport and Recreation Minister
Shane Rattenbury will also compete in
the event that gives people a taste of
what it's like to compete in triathlons.
Entrants can sign up as teams to race
individual legs or complete the entire
Certainly I'll be encouraging
people in the ACT public service to
have a go at it,'' Rattenbury said.
The event attracted more than 300
people last year, and officials hope
even more will turn up next month.
Wu won the Huskisson long-course
triathlon last year, and hoped the event
in Canberra would attract more people
to the sport.
You mention the word triathlon to
people and they just freak out,'' Wu
It's achievable, by a lot of people.
Triathlon isn't just a big, scary word
for the super-elite and super-fit, it can
be for anyone really.''
For more information, visit
cctriathlon.com.au or follow
Proximity Corporate & Community
Triathlon on Facebook.
'Domino effect' will boost venue as others struggle
Former Test star Simon Katich has
dismissed claims the Manuka Oval
pitch is not lively enough to host Test
cricket, and believes another one-day
international sellout in Canberra could
help the goal become reality.
Katich is now involved in player
development with AFL club Greater
Western Sydney Giants.
The Giants have enjoyed an upgrade
in the quality of fixtures played in
Canberra as crowds have grown.
Last year's Geelong clash at
Manuka sold out, while it is expected
Cats and Richmond games this year
will follow suit.
Katich says Canberra cricket can
enjoy a similar domino effect as chief
minister Andrew Barr chases the
holy grail'' of a Test match.
A sold-out crowd packed the ground
to watch the Australia-India clash last
Manuka has come further into the
frame as Test crowds have dwindled at
other venues this summer.
The Giants have certainly spent a
lot of time down here playing games
regularly and the public has supported
it with the first sellout game last year,''
Canberra has had World Cup
games and one-day games and they've
got good crowds -- Test cricket is the
Focus on fans using devices
Tennis ACT officials raised concerns
about potential courtsiders'' at two
recent ATP tournaments in the capital,
approaching spectators to ask them to
stop using mobile devices as part of
the sport's anti-corruption measures.
Tennis has been gripped by a BBC-
BuzzFeed report detailing alleged
widespread corruption in the sport,
with Australian young gun Thanasi
Kokkinakis and Novak Djokovic
revealing they have been approached
to fix matches.
Courtsiders'' are spectators who
pass on information about matches to
illegal bookmakers to take advantage
of any delay in live-streaming,
scoring or broadcasts.
Canberra hosted two tournaments --
the $50,000 Canberra International in
November and the Canberra 75K ATP
Challenger two weeks ago -- in the
build-up to the Australian Open.
Betting options were available on
players and almost 50,000 people
watched a semi-final online for the
Betting options were limited
compared with the exotic markets
available for major tournaments.
Tennis ACT boss Ross Triffitt
believes Canberra officials have done
everything possible to protect the
sport's integrity and hoped untoward
action could be stamped out.
John Hastings may be built like a
superhero, but he's hardly the first
person the Australian cricket team
turns to in a time of crisis.
But that's exactly what the
rejuvenated Victorian delivered after
kick-starting a remarkable Indian
collapse in Wednesday's 25-run ODI
win at Manuka Oval.
Cruising at 1-277 chasing
Australia's 8-348 with Shikhar
Dhawan (126 off 113 balls) and Virat
Kohli (106 off 92) untroubled, the
Indians looked set to win in a canter
before they lost 9-46.
The pair shared a 212-run
partnership for the second wicket and
required less than a run a ball before
Hastings claimed the wickets of
Dhawan and MS Dhoni (0) with the
score on 277.
It triggered a flurry of ill-disciplined
and reckless strokes from India as they
threw away what would have been
their first win of the series.
Kane Richardson joined the party
Without injured headliners Mitchell
Starc and James Pattinson and with
Josh Hazlewood rested, Hastings and
Richardson executed one of the great
escapes in recent ODI memory.
Sliding head-first at breakneck speed
down an ice track can prepare you for
almost anything. But new Canberra
Raiders board member Bronwyn
Fagan is about to find out whether that
includes the inner workings of a
professional rugby league club.
Fagan became just the second
female on the Raiders board when her
position was officially ratified last
It is an appointment that has been in
the works for the past two years, but
Fagan was unable to follow up on the
interest while she was still working as
a lawyer for the Australian Sports
Anti-Doping Authority. Fagan brings a
wealth of experience from a variety of
fields, starting as an elite athlete across
a number of sports.
That included making Australia's
shadow team for the 2006 Torino
Winter Olympics for skeleton and
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