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The next generation of Dunedin anglers took the bait at the New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association Otago open day at Sawyers Bay yesterday. Anglers young and old took the opportunity to wet a line and sample some local delicacies of the sea including, of course, plenty of salmon.
''It's an acknowledgement for all our sponsors who have supported us over the years,'' New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association Otago president Wayne Olsen said.
''The hatchery is such a great resource for Dunedin and it's the reason Dunedin is becoming `Salmon City'. The Otago Harbour is the perfect environment for young people to fish in safety. Not all kids like contact sports and fishing is a great recreational activity which the whole family can do together.''
At the open day, the association unveiled its new live smolt transport tank, actually a converted beer tanker capable of transferring up to 150kg of live fish. Last night, its first job was to transport 250 18-month-old juvenile salmon to Careys Bay for release.