Tony catches a $2000 smile

WHEN Tony Purkiss wandered into the Inland Fisheries Service head office at New Norfolk he thought he was doing a good service by reporting a tagged trout that he had caught in Bradys Lake. He was aware that two trout had been released into Bronte Lagoon, upstream of Bradys Lake, as part of the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion.

Tony was invited into the office and sat down while the staff filled out a prize claim form. At the point where he was asked for his bank account details, Tony asked what was going on and if he had won something. On being told the fish he had caught had a $2000 tagged-fish he let out out a gasp.

Tony Purkiss with his $2000 fish.

“I didn’t think there were any prize fish in Bradys and that it was just another tagged fish from the survey,” Tony said. The tagged trout was one of two released into Bronte Lagoon before the start of the season and had swam down through the whitewater into Bradys Lake.

Tony caught the fish early in the morning, slowly casting and winding a floating wattle grub. He also caught two good rainbow trout. “I love trout fishing,” Tony said. “I usually use a grub or a lure and I like fishing from the shore.”

Tony, from New Norfolk, enjoys trout fishing and his favourite waters are Bradys Lake, Lake Echo and Tooms Lake. He will use the money to go fishing more often. There are still plenty more trout to be caught, at waters near you, in the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion.

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