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MEDIA RELEASE - Hook, Line & Sinker a Win at Hooked on Portland

16 January 2019

Recreational fishers will once again have the opportunity to reel in a winning catch as part of the Hooked on Portland fishing competition this January long weekend.

The two day competition will run from 26 – 27 January and will be open to six species, including kingfish, snapper, whiting, gummy, salmon and tuna, with cash prizes of up to $250 on offer for the heaviest catch in each species and age categories.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the competition was expected to draw keen anglers from across the country.

“We are extremely excited to once again feature a fishing competition as part of the Hooked on Portland festival, last year was an enormous success, with participants hailing from all across Australia,” Cr Rank said.

“Portland is now recognised as a premier game fishing destination and as a result we are anticipating even further entries this year as keen fishers flock to our region to lure a winning catch over the January long weekend.”

The land and sea based competition will run from 6am on Saturday 26 January through to 10am on Sunday 27 January, with weigh-ins from 12noon to 6pm on Saturday and 8am - 10am Sunday at the Portland Yacht Club.

Entry is $10 per adult and $5 for juniors with forms now available for collection at Compleat Angler, Portland Bait and Tackle or the Portland Visitor Information Centre.

Final presentations will take place at the Portland Yacht Club at 3pm Sunday 27 January 2019.

For novice or first time anglers, Hooked on Portland will also host free fishing clinics, providing eventgoers the opportunity to learn expert fishing techniques and tricks with the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

The fishing clinics, held throughout Saturday along the Portland Foreshore, will teach community members how to cast, tie knots and what to do with a fish when caught.

To keep up to date with all festival details and future announcements please visit the Hooked on Portland Facebook page.

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