John Kingsford

PHOTO 2018 10 25 20 50 23Happy new year folks. The club has started the new year on the run. We had our Bunnings fund raiser the first Saturday in January which was well attended by members helping. Melbourne turned on one of those days often joked about, where if you don’t like the weather, wait half an hour. Let me just say, it presented us with some challenges.


I hope you all had the opportunity to get out there and do some fishing during the break. I have seen some encouraging reports on Facebook from various members with some good size fish taken. Our club trip up to Murrindindi was well attended and it was great to see. We met up at Glenburn and our trip captain (Pat Sheridan) duly allocated the teams.

Captain Pat had the unenviable task of being my partner (mentor, trainer, gillie) and his patience was tested on many occasion. I must say though; his instructions were clear and helpful, and I was able to catch two reasonably sized brownies and a small one who may have had a death wish. Its capture surprised both student and master. We caught six between the two of us and missed a few more. We won’t talk about the 45cm monster I nearly trod on while clumsily plodding through a weed bed.

Judging by the banter at lunch, so masterly cooked by Paddy (Pat Thomson), there were quite a few fish caught. For those who fished on after lunch reported a great afternoon’s fishing. Be at our February meeting for the total tally.

Several of our members headed up to Lake Toolondo Queens Birthday weekend. I don’t think the fish were plentiful, but I am sure a good time was had by all.

Our Upper Goulburn weekend is on the 9th and 10th of February, look for details on our website, and members may have had an email with all the details for the trip sent to them.

The club has an exciting year planned with a focus on attracting more members to our club by being more proactive. We have a great club with an incredible amount of fishing, fly tying and casting experience. Not to mention our wonderful facilities that is the envy of many other clubs. One our major focuses this year is holding female specific days, utilising fishing programs specifically designed for ladies run by ladies. The committee has already met a couple of times this year to get these events organised.

The Cox-Connell Casting competition is being held at our first meeting and all are invited to participate. This is a handicap event, so everyone gets a chance at winning this illustrious event. Having not previously cast in anger at this event, I am assured by our more experienced casters that it is worthwhile having a go.

Until next month.

Tight lines,

John

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