ANGLERS had a great day out on the banks of the Wimmera River at the Horsham Fishing Competition on Sunday despite lower numbers than the 2019 event.
Tournament organiser Adele Rohde said the events of 2020 to date may have had an impact on numbers.
"It's not really surprising given ... the impact of coronavirus and things like the bushfires this year, but in saying that, we're only a little bit down," she said.
"We've had nearly 1400 entrants all up."
John Whaley took top honours in the senior heaviest native category, with a 2567g Yellowbelly.
Cianna Beer won the junior heaviest native title with a 1579g Yellowbelly.
Tully Garth took out the tiddler heaviest native competition with a 1449g Yellowbelly.
Heaviest carp bag honours went to Chris Denton who reeled in 23 fish, weighing 43877g in total.
Ms Rohde said the condition of the river was notable during the event.
"We've got some really good native fish coming in and it's probably testament to the health of the river," she said.
"There's been some fish caught in areas that haven't had many fish in recent years.
"We've been working with the Catchment Management Authority and both of us want to keep the river in as good a condition as possible."
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