Angling to hook into community - Cobram-Barooga’s newest club goes fishing for members

February 21, 2018

New club in town: Daryl Trease, Stefan Bruni, Gavin Doyle, Darcy McCormack, Brent Laws and Nic Avery make up fishing club, Cobram Barooga Anglers.

What started out as just a bunch of mates who love to fish and wanted to give back to the people of Cobram-Barooga has quickly escalated into an entirely different beast.

Cobram Barooga Anglers is a new breed of fishing club already making waves in the community.

Despite only being established two months ago, the club already has a bursting membership base of 84 keen fishermen.

The club has placed a strong emphasis on being as accommodating as possible to all age groups, with junior members ranging from ages seven to 17 and adults aged 18 and above.

The club’s committee is chaired by Stefan Bruni and consists of secretary and treasurer Daryl Trease, Dean Nye, Gavin Doyle, Darcy McCormack, Brent Laws and Nic Avery.

There was a deliberate effort made by the club to have a committee as diverse as possible to ensure all age demographics are being met when trying to attract new members, while also engaging effectively with current ones.

Bruni said the decision to start a fishing club was based on a few simple reasons.

‘‘We were basically seven blokes who did a lot of fishing together and we started to wonder how we could utilise our knowledge and give something back to the community and get kids involved in doing something outdoors because there are obviously a lot of health benefits that come with fishing,’’ he said.

The group also aims to provide a different social experience to the more traditional sports in the region.

‘‘We wanted to give the kids who especially don’t want to play football, cricket or soccer the opportunity to try something different because not everyone is into those things,’’ Doyle said.

To demonstrate the popularity of fishing in the area, the club recently held a competition which 57 people took part in.

Bruni said the club’s reach had already spread to places such as Melbourne and Daylesford, with people from those areas contacting the club through its Facebook page looking to get involved.

Bruni said a lot of the group’s popularity could be put down to the quality of fish in this part of the Murray River.

With Murray Valley Marine and Cobram Outdoors already on board as sponsors, Bruni said the club was hoping to attract more corporate sponsorship to help build a clubroom.

He said the club would organise camping and fishing weekends away.

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