Strong crowds gathered on the river banks at Mathoura for the annual fishng classic on the weekend.TRENT HORNEMAN March 3, 2014 4:59am
A record crowd of 1150 anglers flocked to the banks of the Murray River at Mathoura’s Picnic Point and Tarragon Lodge at the weekend for the town’s annual fishing classic.
This year’s event was the fourth time participation has broken records, with this year’s crowd 135 greater than last year.
Organiser Kalli Crump described the fishing classic as ‘a perfect advertisement for Mathoura’.
‘‘There is an obvious huge economic benefit, with people coming in and filling up with fuel and buying bits and pieces,’’ she said.
‘‘We have a fantastic area out there at Picnic Point and Tarragon Lodge.
‘‘All of the camping sites were full and there was a great atmosphere out there during the weekend.’’
Eddie Bourke was crowned the men’s champion, landing native fish with a combined length of 141cm, including the weekend’s largest Murray cod, which measured 78cm.
Amanda Hodgkinson was the event’s most prolific female angler, landing three yellow belly, which measured a combined 117cm.
Chrissy Hislop landed the largest Murray cod in the women’s competition, landing a 74.5cm catch.
Daniel Hooper was crowned the boys champion, while Tina Shiels was named the leading girls’ angler.
Ms Crump said carp numbers were down for this year’s event.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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