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Stawell’s Frank Templar wins Horsham Fishing Competition with a whopper

PRIZE CATCH: Stawell’s Frank Templar was a runaway Horsham Fishing Competition winner, hooking a whopping 4564-gram yellowbelly. He is pictured admiring his winning fish.Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

PRIZE CATCH: Stawell’s Frank Templar was a runaway Horsham Fishing Competition winner, hooking a whopping 4564-gram yellowbelly. He is pictured admiring his winning fish.Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

By Colin MacGillivray
Horsham Fishing Competition organisers were thrilled with the outcome of Sunday’s event despite inclement weather playing havoc with anglers during the afternoon.
More than 1600 competitors thronged the banks of the Wimmera River hoping to land the heaviest native fish.
Stawell’s Frank Templar was a runaway winner, hooking a whopping 4564-gram yellowbelly within the first hour and a half of competition using yabby bait.
No other competitor came close to Mr Templar’s catch – second place eventually went to Gordon’s Mark Spiteri with a 1612-gram yellowbelly.
Mr Templar was a previous winner of the Horsham competition in 1995 and said he had entered the competition about 15 times.
He was offered the choice of a new Kia Rio car or a barramundi fishing trip to the Tiwi Islands.
Mr Templar said he would choose the car because he was ‘not a traveller’.
Mr Spiteri’s second-place catch earned him a Savage 3.6-metre aluminium boat with motor and a trailer.
The third-place prize of a tuna fishing trip for eight to Portland went to Warrnambool’s Matthew Nicholls with a 1340-gram yellowbelly.
Competition chairwoman Adele Rohde said Mr Templar’s catch had impressed everyone.
“It was huge,” she said. “It’s great to see a fish that size coming out of the river and it’s also pleasing to see it coming out of the Riverside end of the river, because a lot of our winning fish have come out of the town in recent years.”
Sofia Barlow-McCallum hooked the heaviest native fish in the junior section with a 997-gram yellowbelly.
Milnes Bridge man Chris Denton had the heaviest bag of carp, reeling in an astounding 95,832 grams.
Emma Strawford’s 2194-gram carp was the winner of the women’s carp section.
Haven’s Archie Vincent won the junior carp section with a 4175-gram catch and Shelby Jones topped the tiddlers carp section with 2891-gram fish.
Mrs Rohde said rainy and windy conditions on Sunday afternoon had not deterred most of the competitors.
“The weather took a bit of a turn for the worse about halfway through the day and we certainly don’t blame some people for packing up and calling it quits at that point, given the wind and everything else,” she said. “For those that stuck it out, there was a second wave of fish in the afternoon after the weather passed.

Chris Humphry at the Horsham Fishing Competition.

Chris Humphry at the Horsham Fishing Competition.


“The person who came sixth caught his fish within the last hour of the competition.
“We were lucky that it did clear up in the afternoon and we had a really good turnout at the presentations.
“We were able to give a lot of items away to people and reward them for sitting out there in the weather.”
Mrs Rohde said the competition committee’s aim of getting more juniors involved had also led to about 400 juniors attending a free fishing clinic at Horsham Angling Club on Saturday.
Although not many entrants in the junior and tiddlers sections reeled in eligible fish, most children walked away with prizes.
Zoologist and television presenter Chris Humfrey also kept crowds entertained for the fourth year in a row with informative wildlife presentations at different locations along the riverbank.
“Chris is always a popular act and it’s great for us because it helps us fill in some time while we’re trying to lock down the results and make sure we’ve got all the fish in, weighed and registered.”
Mrs Rohde said the competition, strongly supported by The Weekly Advertiser, had been successful because of the hard work and dedication of its many volunteer organisers and stewards.

Bruce MacInnes traps a carp from a display tank at the Horsham Fishing Competition.

Bruce MacInnes traps a carp from a display tank at the Horsham Fishing Competition.

“It’s a massive event to pull together and it really couldn’t happen without them,” she said.
“In the carp section Chris Denton reeled in a ridiculous amount of fish and we had two girls there stewarding. Between the two of them they weighed about 90 fish.
“All our stewards did such a great job and without them we wouldn’t get those fish weighed and back into the river.”
Mrs Rohde said all the carp caught during competition would be given to migrant groups that used them as a food source.

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