ARARAT - Local fisherman Bob Stapley has once again re-written the record books after winning his fourth Fly-In event.
Stapley won the annual Lake Fyans, Lake Bellfield and Wartook Reservoir fishing event which is held every October.
Stapley, who is a member of the Stawell Flyclub, landed a brown trout weighing in at 1.510kg which saw him claim the top prize.
"I caught this trout fishing out of my hobbie kayak," Mr Stapley said.
"That was on the second day, the Saturday morning at about 10am and there were a lot of boats that pulled up into the same spot after I reeled it in."
Stapley edged out more than 125 other competitors to take out the first place honour.
The 61-year-old is the first person to have won the event four times in its 38-year history.
Stapley said he also won the Fly-In in 1992, 2006 and 2010.
"This event is the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, so I am very proud of my achievement," he said.
"Fly fishing is my passion, I love catching fish and normally I would release them but this is a competition for the heaviest trout so I had to take this one into shore.
"I am willing to teach anyone for nothing the art of fly casting and fly tying. We are always looking for new members to join our club in Stawell."
For more information about the sport of fly fishing contact Bob Stapley on 0437 569 662.
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