Lower anglers spring surprises
By TIM HOWARD email@example.com
LOWER Clarence anglers were the surprise packet at the Australian Angling Association National Championships that concluded earlier this month in Yeppoon, Queensland.
The 16 Clarence anglers in the 54-strong NSW team were instrumental in the State knocking off the lion's share of titles over the 17 days of competition on Queensland's Capricorn Coast.
Yamba Fishing Club member Allan Cannon said recreational fishers from Maclean and Yamba clubs dominated a number of NSW teams in sectional competition and also enjoyed success in individual events.
Included in these results were some stunning upsets, including the teams casting section, where Cannon and fellow Yamba member Tony Thorley, helped NSW to a surprise win over Western Australia, the raging favourites for the event.
The Clarence also contributed heavily to the State's success in the rock and beach section with Cannon, Thorley, teaming with Maclean anglers, Allan and Garry Rook and Ray Thorley to beat the home team.
Allan Rooks compounded the success by winning the men's rock and beach individual championship.
Another major upset was the NSW team's win in the estuary team's event, whe they were able to overcome the Queensland opposition's local knowledge to run out winners.
The team included Cannon, Tony Thorley and the Rooks brothers Garry and Allan.
Other Clarence anglers to feature included: Yamba's Alf Aston in the winning men's veterans team; James Johnson, from Yamba, in the juniors winning effort; Yvonne Bramble, from Yamba, in the winning veteran women's team.
Cannon, Bramble and Aston also enjoyed individual success.
Cannon was the Austrlalian estuary champion; Bramble won the veteran women's title and Aston was the angling champion super veteran.
Other highlights included Aston's first round offshore best catch, Allan Rooks' second-round rock and beach best catch; Garry Rooks' 3rd round rock and beach best catch and Cannon's second round es- tuary best catch.
Cannon said Yamba's hosting of the championships two years ago helped the local anglers and NSW to success.
"Holding the titles here in 2003 certainly helped create a lot of interest in the event," said Cannon, who was an organiser of the NSW hosting.
"There were more than 300 competitors in Yeppoon.
"When you realised most of those people brought family with them, it's a really big event for the area."
The 16 Clarence anglers in the NSW team were: Cannon, Garry and Allan Rooks, Ray Thorley, Tony Thorley, Bevan Farlow, Leigh Johnson, Dianna Jorgenson, Aston, John Thorley, Noel Jorgenson, Barry Bramble, Yvonne Bramble, James Johnson, Jacob Thorley and Jayden Reader.