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07 April 2021
By SARAH MATTHEWS
Jeparit Anglers Club members will soon start preparations for next year’s Easter fishing competition following another successful event at the weekend.
The Jeparit Easter Fishing Competition provides an economic boost for the Wimmera River town and has been a popular item on the region’s events calendar for the past decade.
Angling club president Rodney Robinson said the organising committee was rapt with how this year’s competition unfolded, particularly after last year’s was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We had 385 entries on Saturday and we were very happy with those numbers,” he said.
“The weather was great, but the fishing was a little bit quiet, which was surprising considering the water level.”
Entrants caught 65 fish for the day.
Matthew McConnel of Ballarat won $2000 after taking out the senior competition with a 1738-gram yellowbelly.
Nhill’s Shane Gusman placed second with a 1268g catfish, with Glenda Schulze, also of Nhill, third with a 1252g yellowbelly.
Ballarat’s Billy Greig won the junior competition, taking home $500 and a swag.
Oliver Bone, Nhill, was second with an 878g catfish, with Abbie McConnel, Ballarat, third with a 708g yellowbelly.
Mark Walkenhorst of Cranbourne West won a senior carp competition, sponsored by Wimmera Catchment Management Authority. His carp was 3722g, with Duane Ball, Koondrook, in second place with a catch of 3582g.
There were also carp prizes up for grabs for junior anglers, with Brydon McPhee of Horsham winning with a catch of 2932g over Eli Jaensch, Warracknabeal, 2714g.
Trentham’s Timothy Brown won the Kevin Humphries – Oigle’s – Memorial category with a 798g yellowbelly.
Mr Robinson thanked the competition’s sponsors for providing an attractive prize list, which included everything from cash and an accommodation voucher to Engels, fishing rods and chairs.
“We are really grateful to all of our sponsors and hope they’ll be back on board for next year’s event,” he said.
Mr Robinson said he hoped the region’s businesses reaped the rewards of an influx of people into the town.
“Hopefully they all did quite well out of the Easter weekend,” he said.
“The businesses sponsor us to help put on the event so we hope they get something out of it as well.”
Mr Robinson said the organising committee would have a debrief about the event before putting wheels in motion for next year’s competition.
“We’re already looking forward to Easter Saturday next year,” he said.
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