Gippsland Metery Competition’s ongoing

VFA ambassador Lee Rayner with a dusky flathead. Photo: Contributed

Stefan Bradley

ALMOST a month has passed since the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) launched their Gippsland Metery Competition, offering a tackle prize worth $1000 to the first enthusiast angler who snags a metre-long dusky flathead in the Gippsland Lakes.

The dusky flathead in the Gippsland Lakes are reportedly going from strength-to-strength due to the removal of commercial netting, a slot limit of 30-55cm, and initiatives implemented in the Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Plan, including the stocking of dusky fingerlings over the past four years.

To celebrate, VFA offered a $1000 tackle prize to the first person who caught a metre-long dusky flathead in the Gippsland Lakes. The competition officially began on Monday, March 18. The VFA confirmed to the Gippsland Times on Wednesday that no-one has come forward claiming to have caught the metre flathead, so the prize is still in play at the time of writing.

The $1000 voucher will be redeemable at one of seven tackle shops in Gippsland and highlights the ever-improving fishing opportunities the system is offering for the species.

Photographs of the fish will need to be provided as proof of the capture, so make sure you take a clear photo of your dusky on a brag mat or other measuring device.

VFA said they acknowledge that the winning dusky is bigger than the slot limit of 30-55cm, so be sure to read the terms and conditions about how they want anglers to measure and take photos of their metery, whilst ensuring the fish is well-cared for and handled gently for release.

For more information on targeting big duskies and best-practice handling, check out this video from VFA Ambassador Lee Rayner: youtube.com/watch?v=MNgMvDK8lB4

For more information about the competition, email craig.ingram@vfa.vic.gov.au or visit vfa.vic.gov.au/gippslandmetery

‘The Gippsland Lakes’ means the catchment and waters between Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Sale, including:

Lake King

Lake Victoria

Lake Wellington

Mclennan Straights

Reeve Channel

Hopetoun Channel

Cunninghame Arm

North Arm

All rivers that flow into the Gippsland Lakes

 

Participating tackle stores

BCF Sale (82 MacArther Street)

Mad Outdoors Sale (209-213 York St)

Bass Strait Bait and Tackle (24 Barkes Ave, Lakes Entrance)

Lakes Entrance Angler (577 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance)

Rivera Bait Supplies (243 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance)

Paynesville Bait Shack (1/77 The Esplanade, Paynesville)

BCF Bairnsdale (201 Main Street, Bairnsdale).