An Easterfish whopper

April 12, 2012

An increase of entries and perfect weather for camping and fishing made for a very successful Easterfish.

Bingara Anglers Club Vice President, Andy Calloway, said the success of the weekend competition was due to a large number of sponsors, committee and Anglers Club members who volunteered, and the Pally Fishing Club who, once again, manned the weigh in at Copeton Dam.

“Entries were up on last year, and the competition went off well,” Andy said. “This year, we had 195 entries, and a total of 272 fish were caught,” he added.

Twenty cod, 72 Yellowbelly and 180 catfish (from Copeton Dam only)were weighed in.

The biggest fish weighed in over the three day competition was a 20.50kg Murray cod, caught by Stuart Lanagan.

Winners were:


  • Cod, Stuart Lanagan, 20.50kg
  • Yellowbelly, Greg Macey, 3.170 kg
  • Catfish, Merv Ford 2.85kg


  • Cod Alicia McNiven 8.935 kg
  • Yellowbelly, Annette Moore, 2.580 kg
  • Catfish, Elizabeth Hobday 1.795 kg

Junior Girl

  • Cod, Aysha Walton 8.27 kg
  • Yellowbelly, Shaylah Richardson 1.445 kg
  • Catfish, Ella Johnston 1.840

Junior Boys

  • Cod Campbell Abra 13.55 kg
  • Yellowbelly, Dylan Butler 1.945 kg
  • Catfish, Mathew McNamara 2.195 kg


  • Most Carp, Rod Seage,
  • Biggest Carp, Craig McNiven 3.995 kg.

Secret weight

  • First was Eddy Jobson, with a 4.249kg cod,
  • second was Kylie Johnson with a 997g yellowbelly, and
  • third was Elizabeth Hobday with a 1.769kg catfish.

Young Bingara fisherman, Rodney Seage was delighted to win the prize for the most carp caught. “I was fishing for cod, but kept getting all these carp,” Rodney said.  Using shrimp as bait, Rodney caught 20 carp ranging in size from about 20 cm long to 3.3 kg. In the tradition of true fisherman, Rodney would not divulge his fishing spot, “a secret fishing spot, where the cod are not!” was all he would say. It was not all carp though in his bag, Rodney managed to catch two good sized cod.

The raffle for a boat and trailer was won by Ken Edmunds, Second prize, a kayak, went to Nick Plevey, and third prize, a whipper snipper, was won by Helen Turvey. 

The proceeds of an Easter egg raffle, held at the Hatchery on the weekend, will be donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group.