Sam Bartlett (9) watches as his dad, Jeff Bartlett, fillets
a fish caught at the Karitane fishing competition on
Saturday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Hundreds of fillets of fish were auctioned off on
Saturday in a first for the Karitane Festival Fishing
The auction was held to raise money for the Otago Regional
Rescue Helicopter and meant all the fish weighed in for the
competition were gutted and filleted for auction.
Festival committee secretary Debbie Still said the auction
raised $330, but would be topped up to $500 by the Eastern
Boating and Fishing Club, which organised the event.
Jeff Bartlett and club president Glen Beaton were on the
filleting deck making their way through buckets of fish.
''It's all for a good cause,'' Mr Bartlett said.
About 122 people took part in the competition on 38 boats - a
good turnout due to the good weather, Ms Still said.
It was a family outing for many. One of the younger
fishermen, Riley Dixon (12), caught his first trumpeter in
conditions he described as ''a bit rough''.
The heaviest fish was a 3.28kg barracouta cought by Craig
Mitchell, and the women's heaviest fish was 2.74kg, caught by