Richard Katschner has claimed first place at the 2018 Australian Salmon Fishing Championship, hosted at Elliston.
The 25th edition of the annual competition took place between June and August, with an overall winner crowned in addition to prizes for the two heaviest catches each month and fortnightly mystery weight prize winners.
Mr Katschner from Seaford Meadows reeled in a 5.455 kilogram salmon at Talia in July to take the overall honours.
A competition veteran, Mr Katschner had also claimed monthly honours in the past.
He finished ahead of both Kieran Malone from Seacliff Park and Phil Garland of Farrell Flat in the state’s mid north region.
Mr Malone caught a 5.060kg salmon at Mount Camel in July – and was the runner-up that month – while Mr Garland made his 5.060kg catch at Talia in August, the heaviest for the month.
Ebony Feltus from the Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre was involved in running the salmon competition and said it attracted about 300 entries from across the state and beyond to the Elliston region.
“The competition helps attract a lot of people to Elliston,” she said.
“We have fisho’s that come back every year and some that have been coming for a number of years.
“The salmon competition attracts local people and a lot from Whyalla and Adelaide, but from all over the place – the majority are from South Australia, but people from Victoria and New South Wales have also entered.”
She said there were a number of popular spots along the coast for people to catch the heaviest salmon, with the most popular spots being at Locks Well, Sheringa, Talia and Mount Camel.
Ms Feltus said the competition was growing each year.
“The salmon competition has a great following, and people involved are very engaging on Facebook.”