TAG Fishing competition in Trangie

Kestrel Ebsworth and Tailer O'Neill caught a 44 centimetre turtle that was identified as  a release by the Hoey boys a number of years ago.

Kestrel Ebsworth and Tailer O'Neill caught a 44 centimetre turtle that was identified as a release by the Hoey boys a number of years ago.

The Goan Waterhole was rife with activity last weekend as the Trangie Action Group held a fishing competition for the local youths. 

Trangie Action Group (or TAG) have been getting the community excited for the event over the previous months and the event turned out to be well attended by Trangie children.

TAG Publicity Officer Pat Riley said the weather had the potential to dampen enthusiasm but the day turned out to be great fun for young and old.

“Grey skies and the constant threat of rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of 45 children who registered for the Trangie Action Group's fishing competition held at Goan Waterhole last Saturday,” she said. 

The day was run through sponsorship by angling organisations.

“Sponsorship from Go Fishing and a subsidiary of the Department of Primary Industries enabled the organisers to provide prizes in a number of categories along with a free sausage sizzle to round off the morning,” Mrs Riley said.

Children aged between three and 15 attended the fishing competition.

“[The children had] a mum, dad or grandparent in toe, they showed great skill in casting their lines and the required amount of patients waiting for a ‘bite’,” Mrs Riley said.

The successful anglers were Will Anderson for biggest edible fish, Kai Greenwood for smallest fish, Bobby Housden for biggest cod and Indie and Mylee Bond for biggest overall fish.

Indie and Mylee Bond, with nine catches, received an award for the most number of fish caught in the day.

“The competition was run on a catch and release system,” Mrs Riley said.

“In all 42 fish were caught and of that number 32 were carp and were removed from the waterway, while the other 10, along with the turtles, were returned to the water.

“The event was voted a huge success and in thanking the entrants for their participation, TAG representative Andrew Casyer commented on the family atmosphere that had prevailed throughout the morning and the benefits of being able to spend a relaxing couple of hours in such a natural environment.”