Churchill Lions Family Fishing Day.

The Family Fishing Day Competition runĀ  by the Churchill & District Lions Club was his year held on Saturday November 16 at Lake Hyland, Mathison Park, Mackeys Road, Churchill. The day started off well with carpark boundaries set up and a steady stream of cars arriving from around 9:30am, and by 10:00am, about 200 people were present already.

Lioins members had everything fully set up and ready to go, from the catering through to registrations at the Rotunda, with breakfast egg and bacon sandwiches really hitting the spot.

The weather alternated between cloudy and fine, but at least the occasional ominous black clouds didn't produce theĀ  threatening rain, and chatting to people we found they had come from far and wide to join in - from Drouin to Phillip Island - just to give you an idea!

The local FM radio station was also present playing music, giving constant reports and directions, so with great music (yes there were people singing along), the Jumping Castle and the fantastic catering provided by the Lions Club there was also plenty to do if anyone wanted a break from fishing.

Unfortunately for most of the day very few fish were caught, and some Lions members walked around the lake adding Burley to the water to attract the fish. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work and sadly for the whole day only six fish were caught - all red-fin and no trout - even though the lake had been restocked with over 800 - but that's the name of the fishing game!

There was a total of 104 entries registered and at the end of the day we gave away around $2000 in prizes which included some amazing fishing rods with reels, fishing nets along with many vouchers, making up fun categories for winners as we went along.

Now we have a really lovely story that came out of the day in the form of a gorgeous young tacker by the name of Sam Phillips who came all the way from Cowes, Phillip Island, with his family to meet up with his friends, (one of whom was a young lad by the name of Blake who won the great honour of catching the largest stick in the fun category!)

Now Sam managed to win himself one of the fabulous fishing rods and the next day on Sunday the family all went out on their boat with Sam using his new fishing rod to catch himself a nice big flathead - well done Sam.

The Family FIshing Day will be held again next year so everyone - please make a note in your diaries, on your calendars or in your phones so you don't miss out on the fun day and get another chance to win great prizes.

The Lions Club of Churchill & District would like to say a very special thanks to all our sponsors which include: Relationships Australia Victoria, Bunnings Morwell, Tackle World Morwell, McDonalds Traralgon, ProRent Morwell, Gippsland Water, Churchill & District News, AmpWorks, Latrobe City, Fisheries Victoria, Mathison Park Group, Strzelecki Scouts Group, Co-Operating Churches in Churchill, Gippsland Trade Printers, Valley Trophy Centre and the Community Event First Aid Group, without your amazing generosity we wouldn't be able to run such a wonderful Community event and we hope you will all come on board again next year.