Red-hot new technique for South Coast fishers

Blackfish fight hard, taste great, are prolific, live in stunning and user-friendly sheltered estuary systems, but they’re hard to catch in numbers.So, there is cause for excitement when someone figures out an easy and fun new way to catch them.During the warmer months of the year, I spend the majority of my time on the water chasing bream, whiting and flathead on top-water and shallow hard-body lures.During the cooler months my time is spent chasing snapper and salmon, but every now and then I feel like a change and target something different.Around this time every year, I have great success targeting luderick on lures, using either deep-diving hard-bodies, or metal blades, the latter being the more successful of the two in most South Coast estuaries.On recent trips to Tuross Lake, the Moruya River and the Clyde River the results have continued to impress with good numbers of fish.The first few luderick I caught on blades were by-catches while fishing for bream at St Georges Basin, and after catching quite a few over several different trips it got me thinking why these fish couldn’t become a specific target.And after a lot of trial and error, a few changes in the technique and fishing ideal locations I soon figured out that regular catches are possible.Luderick are usually found in schools so, when you hook one, more often than not there will be plenty more willing to take a lure, and it makes for an awesome day on the water when they are on the bite.They are up there with the best of fighters when it comes to light line sport fishing and are regarded by many as a sensational table fish.Most of the luderick I hook are towards the mouth of the systems, usually in crystal-clear water where the small size and stealth of a kayak is needed to sneak up behind them.Critical in the whole process is my Hobie’s mirage drive, which allows me to hold position facing upstream in the current with my hands free to concentrate on the fishing.I look for water between two and three metres deep, with patches of weed or reef, or a thick weed bed along the edges dropping into deeper water – these areas almost always have luderick hanging around them, which make them an ideal place to start.It is a fairly simple technique – I fish the smallest blades I can in the conditions and if it’s a very strong current, then the bigger and heavier blades are required but always try to keep the lure as small as possible.Cast the lure directly upcurrent as far as possible and once the lure hits bottom all that is required is a slow lift-and-drop technique, bringing the lure back with the current.Nine times out of 10, theluderick hits the lure as it’s being lifted off the bottom.If the hooks fail to connect, a luderick will usually come back for a second go after repeating the process.Among many other species, bream, trevally and flathead are a likely by-catch using these techniques and even though the blades are small, they catch their fair share of big fish as well.Fishing the blades very slowly is vital, and adding a bit of scent to the lure helps to create interest as well.I always fish natural colours when using blades for luderick – browns and olive greens have by far been the most successful and, when possible, those colours in a matte finish have been mypreference.Luderick have a small mouth so, as a result, they are only lightly hooked, which can mean the risk of losing a fish or two is fairly likely but fishing a slightly lighter drag than usual will help prevent pulling the hooks from the fish’s mouth during the fight.Luderick are not a common target for anglers using lures but consistent numbers are easily achievable once the technique and location is right and they can provide hours of fun once it all starts working.See you on the waterCraig Coughlanwww.tournamentfishingaustralia南京夜网This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tough is the new skinny for these Tough Mudders

It’s marketed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”.So for the average person, the Tough Mudder event doesn’t sound too enticing.Try telling that to Rosie McClelland, Kimberli Eke, Louisa Bonner and Melisa Clarke, who are among several Eurobodalla athletes in training to take on the Tough Mudder course in Sydney later this year.Tough Mudder is a “hardcore” 20-kilometre military-style course, which was designed “by British Special Forces to test your all-round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie”.McClelland, who is team captain of Tough is the New Skinny, said the idea of the event being so team-orientated was what drew her to the event.“(I signed up) for a personal challenge, but also because it’s a team event,” she said.“I’ve always been involved in team sports and you can’t complete the course without your buddies, so we all do the course together and help each other through the obstacles.“You just don’t leave anyone behind.”McClelland and her teammates are already heavily involved in cross-fit and she said that has helped a great deal with their preparations so far.“It’s a lot of circuit training, trying to mimic the obstacles,” she said.“Quite a few of us are into cross-fit, which is good preparation.”But there is one aspect of the Tough Mudder course that the women will struggle to train for.Competitors are zapped with 10,000 volts of electricity throughout the event to test every aspect of their physical and mental toughness.But make no mistake, one thing that can’t be questioned about these women is their toughness and they’re very proud of that fact.And that’s where their team name, Tough is the New Skinny, came from.“We strongly believe that girls should be strong and healthy, as opposed to just skinny,” Bonner said.Tough Mudder events are staged all over the world and the one in Sydney, to be held on September 22, will also act as a fundraiser for Legacy – an organisation that supports the families of fallen service men and women.“We would encourage people to go to the Tough Mudder website and follow the links to the Legacy page because it is a very worthy cause,” McClelland said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Eurobodalla netballers ready for state age

Eurobodalla netballers (back, from left) Josie Lyttle, Emily Kinnane, Tegan Mars, Grace Reisima, Jasmine Fuller, Finley Eiffert, Hayley Johnstone, Savarna Adair, Tess Rowley, Melissa Kobold, Kate Blackmore, Samantha Brown, Daisy Ware, Rhiannon Bruce, Lesley Kobold, (middle) Samantha Ind, Emma Bennett, Kateia Barenaba, Aisha Smith, Letitia Miller, Jessica Leth, Hayley Anderson, (front) EThe Eurobodalla Netball Association will field teams in all four age groups at the State Age Championships, which start tomorrow and finish on Monday.Teams were finalised after last year’s grand final day and most of the players started training in February before the carnival season got underway in March.The 12 years team, coached by Therese Aston, has so far enjoyed its first year in representative netball and has produced some good results at recent carnivals.An ENA spokeswoman said the players were looking forward to their first state age competition.Donna Clarke, coach of the 13 years, said she was happy with the results the team has achieved this season.The team has finished in the top three in its four carnivals so far and hit form at the right time finishing first at the most recent tournament in Campbelltown.The 14 years team is coached by Liz Bruce, who said she can’t wait for this weekend’s action, which will take place in Newcastle.The new players in the team have reportedly settled in well and all girls are looking forward to the “challenge” that is state age.Karen Johnstone, ENA president and coach of the 15 years team, said she is feeling confident ahead of the trip to Newcastle.“The 15s have worked hard this year and have had some very pleasing results, so they are looking forward to a successful state age campaign,” she said.“ENA and the netball community wish the teams a successful and enjoyable state age.”The state age championship is one of Netball NSW’s marquee events and will feature over 3600 participants in 305 teams from 86 associations.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Close call for Black Caviar

It was such a pity that the gloss and hype of Black Caviar’s historic win at Royal Ascot on Saturday night was almost lost by the torrents of abuse directed at Luke Nolen post-race for his near brain-snap when sitting up in the saddle just before the line.It was such a relief for everyone when her number went into the frame as the winner, the most relieved of course being Nolen, who was ready to be drawn and quartered on the spot had she not got over the line in front.I’m sure that most readers of this column would read Dean Benson’s Back Chat column every Wednesday, and I could not have found better words to describe the aftermath, nor could I have agreed more with his sentiments expressed in Wednesday’s piece regarding the race.Let’s just all dwell on her win and nothing else, because that is all that matters.The highlight of the week’s racing was, of course the meeting at Moruya Jockey Club on Tuesday, where patrons were treated to highly competitive and exciting racing.Almost every one of the seven races had a full field and although it may not have gone exactly to plan for our home track runners, there were many great performances from them, as well as from the visitors.The Moruya track was in fantastic shape for the occasion, much to the credit of dedicated ground staff and it was good to hear the compliments flow from jockeys and trainers alike about the wonderful surface.Jeff Penza, the highly respected hoop, stated that “it’s definitely one of the best tracks I’ve been on for a long time” when interviewed by John Scorse.It looked like it was going to be a day dominated by local runners after Luke Pepper’s Zuccherina won the opening two-year-old Maiden race, with Jeff Penza in the saddle, by a very close margin over Lynda Bundy’s Moorings Siren. That was a very nice Moruya quinella, both being at almost double-figure odds.Lynda’s Gloves Off finished a close fourth in the following Maiden sprint with Joe Azzopardi aboard, the first three placings filled by visitors.Jay Ford rode Robert Price’s Four Star General to victory in the following Maiden (1425m) event, with Roly Saxton aboard the runner-up Le Cheval for Canberra trainer Norm Gardner. The eye-catcher in that race from a Moruya perspective was Mike Getty’s Rushtorio, who’s knocking on the door to break Maiden status.Jeff Penza made it a double when scoring in very quick time on Mick Miladnovic’s promising Banya Luka Babe in the Class 3 (920m) scamper, with Chicka Pearson’s Stake Knife flying home late in pursuit for second, just missing by a neck on the line.That was definitely his best run this campaign and I’ll be keen to follow his next assignment.Laurie Brown’s Blown Assets also ran strongly for third, well ahead of the rest of the runners.Roly Saxton rode Chris Strickland’s Looksgoodinblack for a half-length victory in the Class 2 (1300m) race before we were treated to the most exciting finish of the day, in the final event, a Benchmark 55 (1425m) event.Rachael Backhouse’s The Devil’s Mark led by about a three-lengthmargin for most of the race but, heartbreakingly, was run down in theshadows of the post and relegated to a head/short head/long neck fourth in a four-way photo finish.It was Robert Price from Nowra whose Jubilee got the chocolates by a head over Benny Lynen’s grand campaigner Gelderbelle, with Luke Pepper’s Seanessy third, a long neck ahead of The Devil’s Mark.Congratulations to Moruya Jockey Club’s committee for another sensational day’s racing on our home track.It was also a tough day at Canberra last Friday where our six runners didn’t run in the placings, despite good performances.Chris Hensler’s Blow Up The Pokies is our only runner at Goulburn today (race three) and Greg Backhouse has Grager, second up from a spell, nominated for the Benchmark 64 sprint at Kembla Grange tomorrow – check your guides for acceptances.Until next week, good luck and good punting.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Our queen wins by marest of margins

AM I the only one who feels incredibly sorry for Luke Nolen? I can’t be, surely not!Never before has an Aussie sporting triumph on English soil been met with such disregard and hatred.I was wide awake on Sunday morning to watch Black Caviar stroll over the line at Royal Ascot for a win by the barest of margins.Nolen essentially stopped riding the champion mare with about 100 metres to go and it almost cost him dearly.I jumped on Twitter straight after the race and Nolen was getting verbally bashed from all quarters.The man himself labelled his decision to ease up as a “brain fade”, but with the way everyone was carrying on, you’d think Black Caviar was well beaten.The truth is that a win is a win regardless of the margin and Australia’s most dominant sporting figure has now extended her unbeaten run to 22.It was clear to all watching that Black Caviar had very little left in the tank towards the end of the race, but even in that state it was still enough for her to win on racing’s biggest stage.If anything, the tension that surrounded the photo finish will only add to the suspense when a film is inevitably made about Moody’s mare.A well-earned rest is now on the cards before a decision is made about whether to retire her. Personally, I hope she continues, for a little while at least.MORE QUESTIONS RAISEDRemember Origin I when Greg Inglis was awarded a try even though he knocked on thanks to a timely intervention from Robbie Farah?Interestingly enough, a very similar situation arose on Saturday night when Penrith’s Lachlan Coote used his foot to stop Parramatta scoring in the corner.It was correctly ruled no try and play resumed on the 20-metre line. But hang on, according to the standard set in Origin I, that’s a try, right? Well, no, it’s not.Examples such as that only continue to highlight the blunder that was Inglis’s try at Etihad Stadium.The inconsistency shown by NRL referees would be enough to confuse Albert Einstein.Another thing is the constant use of the word “thriller” to describe matches that finish in golden point.Admittedly, I’m not golden point’s biggest fan, but just because a match needed to be decided by a field goal shootout doesn’t make it a “thriller” by default.KEWELL COOLS ON VICTORYSadly, Harry Kewell’s adventure in the A-League is over.The Socceroos star decided not to renew his Melbourne Victory contract on the weekend after he decided to move back to the UK with his wife Sheree Murphy, whose mother is reportedly very ill.Make no mistake, this is a big loss for soccer in this country – I thought Kewell did wonders for the league last season.English second-tier clubs Blackburn Rovers and Bolton look likely destinations now.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Rain makes it a black Friday for Grace Schumacher

EGLINTON tennis star Grace Schumacher has missed out on a chance to claim two prestigious junior titles after rain robbed her of twin finals appearances last week.Schumacher, along with a number of other promising young Bathurst players, was faring well at the NSW Country Closed Junior Championships in Newcastle before wet weather spoiled things at the crucial moment.The Eglinton player had made her way into the final of the under 11 girls singles as well as the under 12 girls singles, both of which were due to be played on Friday, but consistent rain put paid to any chance of the matches going ahead.Tennis NSW Community Tennis officer Nathan Wilkins said that he was confident Schumacher could have claimed at least one of the titles.“She had been playing really strong tennis all week, she defeated the top seed in the 11 girls event and probably would have won except for the downpour,” he said.“She was also in for a good battle in the 12 girls final. Coming up against one of the strongest girls in the state, it would have been a great match as Grace beat a member of the NSW PSSA state team in the semi-finals.“Unfortunately it’s one of those scenarios of a ‘What could have been.’”Bathurst Tennis Centre manager and coach Andrew Mitton couldn’t have been happier with the overall performance of the local contingent especially given the quality of players in action.“All the Bathurst kids had a good tournament, the weather was great and the last day was the only real hindrance,” he said.“The event was actually in a higher ratings category this year which enticed a lot of the really top quality players back and so to do well there was a great effort.“I though Grace was an absolute shoo-in to win the under 11s, Caitlyn Stained is a very good player in the 12s and she would have had a tough task to try and beat her, but to upset the number two seeded player in the first round, and then make it all the way to the final was a brilliant effort.”As Mitton indicated, Schumacher wasn’t the only local to fare strongly at the competition, with a handful of other players making it deep into their respective competitions.Alex Mitton was a semi-finalist in three different boys categories, while his sister Gabby was able to match her brother before she too was knocked out in three semi-finals.Harry Brown managed to make it to the quarter-finals of the under 12s mixed doubles and 12s boys singles.Dominique Mitton earned a spot in the under 12s mixed doubles quarter-finals, while Connor Lockie made the semi-finals of the boys under 10s singles and was part of the winning team in the boys doubles.Thomas Geyer also played his way into two semi-finals.The next event on the horizon for the talented group is the Central West Champion of Champions to be staged in Bathurst next month.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

United stretches lead at the summit

CLYDE United put one hand firmly on the Eurobodalla Football All Age men’s minor premiership on Sunday with a tense 3-1 victory over archrival Bodalla.Striker Nathan Vogel opened United’s account with a looping header over the onrushing Steve Benic before Paul Jenner netted his second 25-metre strike in as many weeks for 2-nil.Jesse French then got Bodalla back into the match when his corner kick on the hour mark deflected off two Clyde players and somehow found its way into the back of the net.Bodalla arguably had the better of the second half and pushed on for an equaliser, but United had all three points in the bag late on when Vogel converted from the penalty spot.Matt Jackson’s fierce throw-in was handled in the Bodalla box by defender Jay Preston and Vogel made no mistake from 12 yards.The win ensured Clyde maintained its 100 per cent record this season and was perhaps more significant as it was without five regular starters.“Missing five key players, we knew it would be a very tough game, especially on their home ground,” Jackson said.“They didn’t make it easy for us, that’s for sure.“They came at us strongly in the second half but we held on and these are three massive points for us.”Bodalla goalkeeper Benic praised the sportsmanship displayed by both teams, especially after their first clash was a fiery affair that resulted in a sending off.“They played with a really good sportsmanship,” he said.“There’s always a bit of niggle but it was just a really good game.”The gloveman who, by his own admission, was at fault for United’s second goal, said Clyde’s slick passing in the first half was what won it the match.“Clyde played great,” he said. “They were just classy, they were passing the ball around beautifully, especially in the first half.“But in saying that, we were pretty dominant in the second half.”In Sunday’s other All Age men’s results, Broulee and Moruya finished all square at 1-all, while Narooma continued Bay FC’s horror season with a 5-nil win.In the women’s league, Broulee’s up-and-down season continued with a 3-1 defeat to Narooma, while Clyde United prevailed 4-1 over Moruya.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Waxing to test Green’s mettle

ON THE footy field, Bay Seahawks captain-coach Shaun Green is renowned for his tough, uncompromising play.However, his pain threshold will undergo a stinging examination this weekend as part of the club’s Shave for a Cure fundraiser.Green has volunteered for a Brazilian wax, while several other Seahawks will experience some form of hair removal or colouring on Saturday, all in the name of charity.Asked what his expectations were in terms of pain, Green let out a big laugh before saying: “Well, my wife thinks it will be painful, but I’ve got a pretty big tolerance so it can’t be that bad.”Green said the fundraiser took on extra meaning for the Seahawks as several people in the club had either directly or indirectly been affected by cancer.“We’ve had a few in the club who have had cancer themselves or have had a family member that’s got it, so we’re trying to raise as much money as we can,” he said.“We’re all a big family at this club, so hopefully we can get a fair few people down there to back it up.“We’re going to try to make it an annual event, so if it starts off really well then it’s something we can look forward to every year.”Green’s assistant coach Jamie Kemp has been one of the main event organisers and knows first-hand the importance of raising money for cancer research.“I was 15 when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and it was a pretty full-on six months of chemo and tests,” he said.“It knocks you around a fair bit, so I’m hoping we can raise a bit of money on the day.“The quicker they can find a cure for this type of cancer, the better this world will be.”The event will be held at Hanging Rock this Saturday from 2pm.There will be a DJ playing music, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle, hair spraying, face painting for the kids and a bar in operation for the adults.Around 15 local businesses have donated prizes for the raffle (tickets will be available to buy on the day) and items such as a North Queensland Cowboys signed jersey, a Brumbies signed jersey, a St Kilda signed jersey and an autographed Ricky Ponting poster will be auctioned.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Sharks ground Sea Eagles in Tathra try-athon

DEFENCE took a back seat on Sunday as the Moruya Sharks outscored the Tathra Sea Eagles 52-32 to record back-to-back Group 16 victories.The Sharks blasted out of the blocks and scored at a point per minute for the first 20 minutes thanks to tries from Warren Potts, Shane Colebrook and Ken Goodsell.With most passes sticking and some slick backline moves, the Sharks looked as though they would run away with the match.However, the Sharks fell back into some bad habits and let the hosts back into the match with two quick tries to make the half-time score 20-8.Both teams went blow-for-blow after the break in what was a see-sawing affair before the visitors eventually ran out comfortable 20-point winners.Potts did the most damage on the scoreboard with a hat-trick, while Justin Bell backed up his brilliant against Bega the week before with two more tries.Captain-coach Rich-ard Bradbury, Adrian Andy and Sam Sellick-Wilson also got among the tries while five-eighth Aaron Brierley slotted six of his nine conversion attempts.It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Sharks, though, as they had several lapses of concentration at vital moments and several handling errors put them under unnecessary pressure.But Bradbury’s men did more than enough to maintain their one-point advantage over Narooma at the top of the ladder.Dummy half Bell was again the standout for Moruya as he was solid in defence all match and controlled the attack seemingly at will.Dean Scott, Tim Weyman, Colebrook and Mitch Kennedy were also among the Sharks’ best.The win sets up Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against Narooma nicely as the latter will be keen to retake top spot.Earlier in reserve grade, it was a similar story to the main game as the Sharks jumped out to a 16-nil lead before inviting Tathra back into the game.Leading 22-10 at half-time, Moruya continually handed back possession to the Sea Eagles and, on the wrong end of a large penalty count, never looked fully incontrol.Up 34-22 at the 65th minute, the Sharks just held on for a nervous 34-32 win.The women’s league-tag clash was a hard-fought affair with the Cobargo-Tathra team proving too experienced for the Sharkettes, scoring four tries to one for a 20-4 victory.Despite the loss, coach Ash Bettridge remained upbeat and was pleased with the structure her players are starting to implement.Elli Gladwin, Louisa Bonner and Naomi Place were the best for Moruya.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tigers leave shooting boots at home in late loss

AN injury-plagued Bay Tigers outfit let slip a 10-point second-half lead to go down 24-22 in heartbreaking fashion against the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies at Mackay Park on Sunday.Two converted tries inside the final 15 minutes from the visitors secured what looked like an unlikely win after they defended for a vast majority of the second half.“Being honest, it was terrible,” Magpies coach Adam Hayburn said.“It was one of our worst games.”Berry showed more energy in the opening exchanges and kept the Tigers, who were again without Willy Newton and Grant Roberts, camped well inside their own half.With fullback Sean Deaves directing traffic, the Magpies had the ball for what seemed like an eternity only for the Bay defence to hold strong.The Tigers didn’t have an attacking play until the 16th minute but it was a fruitful one as Adam Stone weaved through two defenders to put Lee Baghurst in the corner for 6-nil.Then, five minutes later, Jared Wood-Johnston took control in the centre of the field and sent a long ball to Ricky Leighton, who reached out and slammed down for 10-nil.That awoke the Magpies from their slumber and they hit back with two converted tries inside the last seven minutes of the first half.Dean Tyson scored untouched after a Tigers mistake and then, 90 seconds before the break, Chris McCarron was rewarded for a neat chip kick when he scored under the posts.However, the Tigers starved their opposition of the ball after the break and regained the lead in the 46th minute when Scott Ladmore barged over.Stone then fooled everyone in the 52nd minute when he faked to go one way before darting in the other direction to score out wide for 18-12.Four minutes later it was 22-12 when Gerard Dennis scored from Rhys Burazor’s neat pass.But three consecutive missed conversions would cost the Tigers as Berry hit back through Aaron Pont in the 66th minute and Deaves eight minutes from time to complete a thrilling comeback.“That shows the importance of having a good goal kicker,” Tigers coach Deryck Fox said.“We scored five tries and kicked one goal.“It was a morale sapper; we’ve had some mistakes that cost us but it’d be nice if it went our way for once.”Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.