Fourteen members ventured to Lake Bullen Merri chasing the big trout and chinook salmon in what was to be excellent weather conditions. As usual nobody told the fish all was good. A lot of hard fishing resulted in a very poor catch of two rainbow trout and five chinook salmon. Quite a few smaller fish were returned to the water. Anglers tried trolling with a broad range of lures along with bait fishing from the bank and boat.
The best fish was the rainbow trout that weighed 1.760kgs cleaned caught by Rod King on a lure. The salmon average about a kilo with the best being 1.255kg cleaned also taken by Rod King. The unlucky angler was Bernie Harris who lost a rainbow estimated to be in the 2kg class after the fish managed to get around the anchor rope with its last burst of energy.
Rod King won the competition with the two fish 3.015kgs followed by the unlucky Bernie Harris with two chinook and John Owen in third place. The total weight of fish was 7.885kgs cleaned.
A number of valuable lessons were learnt over the weekend. Kevin from Heaven picked up tips on how sneakers do not walk on water and setting them on fire to dry them is not overly smart. Johnny Costa lost his phone so he went searching. Found it taking swimming lessons and it still worked. Must have been a smart phone. Our treasurer found a way to wake all members at once by setting of the smoke alarm at 6.15am with some burning toast. Daniel Trafford declared to all that the competition was all his on the Friday evening to the extent that the thought of not catching a fish made him sick. He did not catch a fish!
A fun filled weekend was had by all and thanks to the Camperdown Angling Club for the use of their lodge.