IFISH telelvision presenter Paul Worsteling adopted the phrase 'Oh my cod' after his four day trip to Deniliquin this week.By Zoe McMaugh
IFISH television presenter Paul Worsteling left Deniliquin this week with a new fishing career highlight.
The colourful celebrity angler landed his first ‘‘wild’’ Murray cod on the Colligen Creek on Tuesday.
He reeled in an 80cm beauty from a kayak he shared with Deniliquin fisherman Marty Smith, and the TV footage may be watched by more than 25 million viewers around the world, such is the growing popularity of Worsteling’s IFISH series.
‘‘I’ve caught a cod to 1.7 metres, but it was in an impoundment,’’ Worsteling said.
‘‘So you can say it was the biggest I have caught in a river.
‘‘I’m 39 and I’ve been fishing since I was 12, and I didn’t catch my first legal cod until I was about 32. I wouldn’t have come to Deni if it wasn’t for the cod.’’
Worsteling wrestled with the 80cm cod for what seemed like an hour, but he said it was worth the fight.
‘‘We’d paddled for about 3km when I cast across the stream at some big timber.
‘‘I landed him and I could feel his big tail thumping up against the log. He was stuck in the tree for about three minutes but then he popped up, and he was a beast.’’
Later that day, Worsteling and his TV crew headed to the Billabong Creek in Conargo Shire where he added another two cod to his haul, both about 75cm.
Also part of his late evening success were two eel-tailed catfish.
‘‘It was a really good indication of what the river system is all about, and will give viewers a good cross section.’’
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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