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For Sale – Angler’s Art (and Pratt’s Tackle Box?)

From Lyall:

Former CAA President, ongoing CAA Life member, ABC Radio’s The Big Fish celebrity and on-going CAA supporter Bryan Pratt has been a little unwell of late.  When I called in on him today he asked me to let the Canberra angling community know that The Angler’s Art fishing shop at Philip is up for sale.  When I asked about Pratt’s Tackle Box at Belconnen he responded that he and wife Doris would consider that as well.

If you are interested in buying a Canberra fishing business with a great reputation, contact Bryan at

ACT Fisheries Act Review – Comments Sought

From our President:

On 4 December the ACT Government released its review discussion paper of the now outdated Fisheries Act 2000 Act . The paper is formatted with short backgrounds on various angling issues followed by a Have Your Say section which includes a couple of questions for discussion.  As a very active angling organisation, this is our opportunity to have direct input into the management of OUR fishery here in the ACT.

CAA members are encouraged to read the review and e-mail comments before Monday 5 February to  You can answer the specific questions in the review, raise new issues not originally covered or just make general comments.

One issue not canvassed in the report but was mentioned by the discussion paper’s author at the media launch was whether or not we should have recreational fishing licenses in the ACT.  We currently do not and nor do we have a single dedicated fisheries ranger according to one of the Cotter-based ACT rangers who spoke at the launch of the discussion paper.

While all or part of your comments may be posted on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate web site or included in the consultation report, your name will not be used without your permission.  Please include the words Canberra Anglers’ Association in any submission you make because that WILL be included in the final report.  (From Blogmaster: I would suggest you might cc the CAA contact email as this will assist the executive formulate the CAA response.)

A web version of the discussion paper is available at

The President of Canberra Fisherman’s Club has invited members of Canberra Anglers’ Association to a briefing by ACT Government at their club meeting on Tuesday 9 January starting at 7:30 at Eastlakes Football Club at 3 Oxley Street Griffith.  He recommended people arrive early as parking can be a problem.  Some of their members meet early for dinner. $1 raffle tickets will be available with prizes of fishing tackle.

Googong Gate Progress

We got this message in from Communications at Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development (ACT Government).

We just wanted to let you know we’re installing an automatic access gate at the southern foreshores to Googong dam next week. This will maintain existing access arrangements, but the installation will require a closure of the vehicle gate from 5 to 8 December (weather permitting).

Coming Events

Wed 13th Dec  – End of year BBQ instead of our normal meeting.  Location will be Lotus Bay and more info via email.

Fri-Sun 15 – 17th Dec  – Bill will be leading the team down to Jindabyne for stream and lake trout fishing.  More info via email.  This has been a traditionally well supported event with very comfortable but affordable accommodation.

Wed 14th Feb 2018 – !! Note no January meeting or event  – First meeting of the year at usual time of 7:30 at Raiders Weston Club.  We are hoping for a talk on fly fishing for sail fish in Malaysia.

Gaden Hatchery Quarterly Report

We had earlier posted much of this information but now here is the official report.

Gaden Trout Hatchery Report June-oct 2017

For those unaware, Gaden Hatchery is generally the single source for DPI and MAS stocking of trout in this region.  The situation last year was pretty parlous with few fishing running up from Lake Jindabyne.  Gaden used to provide monthly reports, but to reduce administrative workload, they are now less frequent.  The latest report passed to us by Steve Samuels is very positive.  Not only were the runs, especially the browns, larger (Gaden was able to remove the fish trap much earlier allowing fish to run up the river and spawn naturally), but the number of stocked fish detected was very low meaning the ‘naturally bred’ fish were very much in the preponderance.  The inclusion of Eucumbene fish into the Gaden stock sounds like a good idea for genetic diversity.  Keep your eye out for the tagged ex-brood stock fish in Jindabyne.

All unwanted 2+ 3+ rainbow  trout broodstock (230 individuals) have been released into Lake Jindabyne with an elastomer implant (pink) inserted near the left eye.


Change to Trophy Rules

The AGM in August discussed the anomaly that fish caught on an official CAA event held outside the defined trophy regions (NSW CFA Regions 3 and 4) could not be considered for trophies under the extant rules.  This was further discussed at the Bondi Forest executive ‘retreat’ and revised rules were developed.  These were endorsed at the September CAA meeting.  Also endorsed was an expansion of the number of trophies to include trophies for cod, golden perch (named the Charlie Diedo trophy), bass and English Perch (redfin).

The revised rules (including, in due course, a ‘worked example’ of the slightly complicated trout trophies) are now on the web.