Reeling in bream for the 23rd year

Reeling in bream for the 23rd year

Itʼs hard to believe that every year on the third weekend of July, around 800 anglers make their way to the tiny townships of Nicholson, Swan Reach and Johnsonville to compete in the Twin Rivers Bream Classic. This weekend that will again be the case.

The Classic has been running for 23 years and some people may ask ‘Why do the anglers keep coming?’

The Tambo, Nicholson and Mitchell rivers have some prime fishing spots, many hidden and kept secret by locals. With the chance of winning a jet ski and sharing a fishing story with event master of ceremonies, Australian cricketing great and fishing enthusiast, Merv Hughes, over the weekend, who could say no?

Secretary of the Twin Rivers Business and Tourism Association, Sonia West, is excited for the event.

“As a new committee, we are continuously making changes to the competition that we hope improve the experiences for the anglers, and the friends and families

that come and watch,” she said. “We are working with several new groups this year including Ozfish and Infofish Australia/Track My Fish. We can’t wait to see it all come together.”

The Classic promotes catch and release fishing, with all categories containing a catch and release component. Catch and release stations at Johnsonville jetty will be manned by Nicholson Angling Club over the weekend. Nicholson and, new location, Mitchell River Jetty, will be manned by Fishcare.

The event is supported by East Gippsland Shire Council through its Regional and District Events Sponsorship program.

Mayor, Cr Natalie O’Connell, said the long-running event helped promote recreational fishing and was a credit to the organisers, past and present.

“The Twin Rivers Bream Classic is a mainstay on the East Gippsland events calendar. Council is proud to support this event, which promotes tourism, recreation and provides an opportunity for families and friends to have a great weekend in the outdoors,”

Cr O’Connell said. Anglers can enter the competition online via the newly upgraded website. Online registrations are open until midnight this Thursday.

In person registrations remain open on Friday at the Black Stump store in Johnsonville, Nicholson Hotel, Bairnsdale Bait Supply and Hills Marine in Paynesville.

The final weigh in and prize draw takes place at Johnsonville Boat Ramp on Sunday, July 21, from 11am. Several food vans plus the Royal Children’s Hospital fundraising group will provide lunch.

PICTURED: Visiting angler, Bob Shovelar, of Sandringham Anglers Club, was one of seven members getting in some practice in Nicholson last weekend ahead of the 23rd Twin Rivers Bream Classic this weekend. Bob was experimenting with a pilchard hard lure as he hunted a big bream. Organisers are hopeful of receiving more than 800 entries. Presentations will be held at Johnsonville Boat Ramp from 11am on Sunday.