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MEDIA RELEASE - Nelson reels in a record breaker

29 July 2018

The Glenelg Shire has updated its fishing record books for the second time in 60 years following a monster catch in Nelson’s Glenelg River earlier this week.

Nelson local Neil Humphries reeled in a mighty 31kilogram Mulloway measuring 155cm during his fishing adventures on Tuesday afternoon, producing the second biggest catch ever recorded on the Glenelg River.

Mr Humphries has taken over second place in the catch records from fellow local Glenn Fry and his considerably lighter 18kg haul. The record for a Mulloway catch on the river remains at 34kg.

Mr Humphries described the 31kg lure, caught on live mullet while trawling, as “exhilarating”.

“I’ve been fishing since I was a kid, but this catch is definitely one of my most memorable,” said the keen angler.

“I am just over the moon; never in my wildest dreams did I expect to catch something that big in the Glenelg River. During the colder winter months there seems to be bigger fish biting, but this well and truly surpassed my expectations.

“Being three kilos shy, it didn’t quite make the weight and length to claim bragging rights as the biggest catch in Nelson, however it is the closest catch we have had since the record was set way back in 1955.

“The catch has definitely generated some excitement, with an influx of keen anglers visiting the township. With fierce competition at stake I’ll continue with my efforts to try to break that elusive record and reel in a 35kg haul and claim the top spot.”

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the impressive catch was further enhancing the shire’s profile as a fishing ”mecca”.

She said local accommodation outlets were attracting bookings from across the country, with anglers keen to join the action.

“We are hearing reports from local caravan parks and accommodation houses that their phones are ringing off the hook – everyone wants to come and try and beat Neil’s big catch,” she said.

“We are so lucky to be home to world class recreational fishing, attracting thousands of anglers from across Australia which provide significant benefits to our tourism economy,” she said.

“With Nelson currently welcoming fishermen from far and wide to reel in a record breaking Mulloway, Portland continues to uphold its title as the Southern Bluefin tuna capital following a 120kg tuna caught of Lawrence Rocks earlier this week.

“There are not many places which can promote the opportunities of land, sea and river based fishing – we are an anglers paradise and love hearing all the great stories from the water like Neil’s great effort.”

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