We recently met with the Minister for Fishing and Boating, the Honourable Jaala Pulford and also the Executive of the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Since then, legislation to bring about the cessation of commercial netting in the Gippsland Lakes has been enacted, so the process of compulsorily buying out the final ten commercial netting licences operating in the Lakes has been completed. This is an excellent outcome for all recreational fishermen, residents and businesses in Gippsland. The State Government’s commitment to tourism, fishing and boating in the Gippsland region is to be admired, as is their state-wide “Project One Million” initiative. Boat launching and ramp parking fees have also been discontinued all around Victoria – this will be of massive benefit to the tens of thousands of boating fishermen. LSFA looks forward to working with the Minister and the Victorian Fisheries Authority to do what is needed to “Make the Gippsland Lakes great again”.
We recently held an afternoon/evening fishing event at Delray beach. A big turn out of members enjoyed the spectacular floodlighting over the beach, the BBQ and the braziers warming things up. Not a lot of fish caught this time but may be different next time.
A fantastic fishing experience.
At the recent AGM, the winner of the “Most Memorable Catch” competition for the year was announced. During the year, many memorable catches were recorded on the “Braggin’ Board” located outside Loch Sport Foodworks, and by unanimous decision, the winner was local lad Jake Riky, who caught a magnificent Black Bream off the lake beach. For his efforts, he was presented with $500 worth of tackle and bait generously donated by Loch Sport Foodworks. The board has been cleaned ready for entries over the coming 12 months so enter your memorable catches and be in the running for this great prize to be awarded again next October.
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