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  • Anglers descend on Narooma for the 2016 ANSA Convention
  • March 15, 2016
The Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club on the weekend hosted the Australian National Sportfishing Association Narooma Convention.

The weather was at its best for the entire three days allowing the outside boats as well as the rock and beach anglers to enjoy some great fishing conditions.

Around 130 anglers fished the convention from 14 clubs around NSW and also Lakes Entrance, Victoria, with more than 300 fish recorded, 90 per cent being catch and release.

No unusual species were recorded but some cracking captures did occur. Bob Hirs’ blue marlin weighed in at 160kg, and was caught on 24kg line.

“I might just clarify Bob attempted to let this fish go as he does not weigh any of his fish, always tagging and releasing but, unfortunately, the fish did not survive the tussle,” NSGFC president Les Waldock said. “ Three more marlin were tagged and released as well as a bronze whaler shark.

Dolphin fish, striped tuna and kingfish were also weighed along with many reef species such as snapper and morwong, with one morwong weighing well over 2kgs.

Young Stephanie Ovington won the junior section with a great kingfish of 2.14kgs caught while fishing for bream on 4lb line. Thanks to her father for upping the anchor and following the fish up the inlet. Stephanie also received the Rob Kerr Award for most meritorious capture.

Junior, Cameron Spooner, Club OTY (Out of Town Yobbo's), was tremendous in winning the Junior Catch and Release with over 1200 points recorded against his name. Salmon and bream were the bulk of his captures. Ian Phillips (Big E), with over 2000 points, caught a load of bream on surface pencil lures, to just pip out Faye Hanson from Nowra club.

There was one rescue at sea that went smoothly thanks the Narooma unit of Marine Rescue NSW.

“On behalf of the club and the crew of the disabled boat at Montague Island on Saturday, I would like to thank the Narooma Marine Rescue for their professional and efficient response, I personally witnessed the retrieve from Montague Island. It was very smooth and I believe they delivered them right to the jetty at APEX Park,” Mr Waldock said.

The catering was great, a friendly competitive atmosphere occurred all weekend and with Narooma looking beautiful, a successful weekend was had by all, he said.

“Many thanks to our Major sponsor, Direct Plasterboard Outlet and to the other 74 sponsors who contributed to the weekend. Thank you to all who attended and safe journey home.”

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