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Looking for perfect catch in Toolamba

Nearly 200 anglers hit the water with bait and line for two days of Goulburn River fishing at the annual Toolamba Fishing Classic at the weekend.

JOHN LEWIS April 22, 2014 4:06am

Event co-organiser and club member Trevor Anderson said 180 people took part in the eighth year of the catch and release competition that offers $6000 in prizes.

Last year’s event attracted about 200 anglers.

‘‘I think the cooler weather with Easter being back a few weeks affected numbers slightly,’’ Mr Anderson said.

He said the winning catches were two yellowbelly — measuring 42cm and 33cm — Murchison’s Peter Davies caught.

The catches earned Mr Davies the classic’s top prize of a 15-horsepower Mercury outboard motor from Boats and More.

The longest cod caught was 61cm.

Mr Anderson said family involvement in the event was strong, including 60 young people who cast a line, despite the cooler weather.

He said the weekend finished with a roast and entertainment by band Entourage at the clubhouse on Saturday night.

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