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15 November 2023
Despite the cormorants and strong southerly breeze, anglers young and old enjoyed a great day at Lake Wallace for the annual Edenhope Fishing Competition.
The event returned after a four-year break with good winter inflow to the lake and plenty of redfin and trout, stocked by the Victorian Fisheries Authority.
Junior Oscar Dunstan, of Edenhope, caught the biggest fish and took home a $500 cash prize for his 1520g, 46cm redfin.
LJ Kafegellis, of Horsham, placed second in the junior category with a 560g, 35cm redfin, and Max White placed third with a 520g, 34cm redfin.
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In the seniors category, Maree Hood, of Vectis, caught a dozen fish, but only one made the size limit, earning her $5000 for a 1015g, 39cm redfin.
Other senior winners included Goose Muller, of Horsham with a 985g, 38.5cm redfin and Cooper McCully for his 780g, 39cm redfin.
Tony Jones, of Hamilton, won the mystery weight fish of 572g, with a 540g, 35cm fish.
Snow wins boat
For the first time, all senior competitors gained a ticket into a yellow-wrapped boating and trailer package raffle.
The winner was Geoff ‘Snow’ Ross, who lives at Peronne near Goroke.
He said he initially had no idea what he won, as he had been talking to his grandson who won a junior raffle prize.
Mr Ross has attended all four Edenhope Fishing Competitions, and while he did not catch any fish he said he had the ‘catch of the day’.
He is a keen local angler and said people will see him out in the boat on Wimmera lakes this summer, seeking to catch yabbies as well as fish.
Snow said he was still pinching himself two days later and plans to be back with the family and the new boat at next year’s competition.
Across the day, 27 juniors, 12 tiddlers and 10 seniors received prizes from entry draws.
Club president Kalla Hood said she was ‘blown away’ by the support shown to the competition in its fourth year.
She said it was pleasing to see the community supported the volunteer group who organises the event.
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