Fishing, Fun and Turtle Soup

Turtle soup anyone? Just when we’d thought we’d seen it all, one of our junior competitors hooks a turtle. That’s when we knew it was going to be an eventful day.
Amongst Myrtle the Turtle, we had some redfin, trout, and not to mention the disappointing branch or two. Gladly, we were also able to rid the lake of some carp.
The day started off slowly, with a few bites and not a lot to show. But once the pelicans had had their fill, the fish came out to play.
It was battle stations at the weigh-in table from then on, with our junior competitors racing to show us their catch.
It was a joy to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they weighed in their catch and posed for their honorary ‘Catch of the Day’ photographs.
We had 90 children attend on the day, coming from as far as Sale and Korumburra.
The edge of Lake Hyland was a mass of people, fishing rods, tackle boxes and camping chairs. It was heartening to see so many families braving the cooler weather, as it really was a mixed bag.
However, nobody was giving up their winning positions, not even for the slightest rain shower. Good to see everyone so hooked on fishing!
Age group competition winners were:–
4 - 8yo: Ruby Marland 1st, Ivy Marland 2nd, Tim Faithfull 3rd. We had 44 children fishing in this category.
9 - 12yo: Alex Duff 1st, Abby Nicholls 2nd, Sienna Martin 3rd. Special Prize went to Crystal Moore. We had 34 children fishing in this category.
13 – 17yo. Liesel Kuhne 1st. We had 13 children aged 13-17 fishing in this category.
The Family prize went to the McCafferty family of Jeeralang Junction.
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all the piscatorial pursuers of the day.
We would like to thank the following organisations for their support in helping us run a successful fishing competition this year – Relationships Australia, Victoria, Department of Water, Environment, Land and Planning, Churchill Lions Club, Community Event First Aid, Yinnar Angling Club, Ampworks, Latrobe City, Gippsland Trade Printers, Gippsland Water, ProRent, Valley Trophy Centre, Alpine Country, Morwell, Mathison Park Committee and the Co-operating Churches, Churchill.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out on the day with various tasks. Also a big thankyou to the Council mowing team for cutting the grass around the lake.
A big shout out to the local businesses that donated items for prizes – Morwell Newspower Newsagency, The Bee and The Spider, Latrobe Community Health Volunteer Program, Gippsland Water, Bunnings Traralgon, Officeworks Traralgon and McDonalds Traralgon.
Oh and remember Myrtle the Turtle? Happy to report that she was safely released, to swim another day!