Young anglers Go Fish

By Daniel Hughes

A glorious sunny day enticed 60 participants to the Jerilderie Fishing Club’s annual Go Fish Day on Sunday, despite the cool breeze.

Each of the young participants was flanked by family and friends as they dropped a line into the Luke Park lake for the chance to land a prize fish.

A total of 13 carp, 10 yellowbelly and four catfish were caught and released.

Evan Lawton claimed bragging rights for the biggest catfish, at 46cm.

Jayden McGillivray and William McGuiness shared honours in the yellowbelly section, each landing one measuring 43cm.

Ella Ridges managed to reel in a 65cm carp to claim the bragging rights in that category, and Jack McGrillen bagged the most fish on the day.

Everyone who landed a catch won a fishing rod, with the Jerilderie Fishing Club giving out 21.

Club president Andrew Bell said it is pleasing to see the event grow each year.

‘‘We have been running this event for the past seven years, and it keeps getting bigger,’’ he said.

‘‘We (Jerilderie Fishing Club) have always made it a free day for everyone, which has enabled more people to it.

‘‘For the last four years we received grants from the Go Fish program.

‘‘It’s always a fun day and we’re glad we can run it.

‘‘It gets some kids away from there screens for a while, which is a bonus,’’ he said.