Fishing competition one for all the family

11 year old  Ollie Dockerty of Christchurch, tries his hand at the Fly and Spin Casting...
11 year old Ollie Dockerty of Christchurch, tries his hand at the Fly and Spin Casting Competition, Closet to the Pin “Win a Rod”, which was won by Mike Bounist -Casting Fly Rod and Patrick Hudson - Fly Rod. Photos: Julie Walls
Six-year-old Eddie Barnes of Te Anau holding his rainbow trout after weigh-in at the Te Anau Club...
Six-year-old Eddie Barnes of Te Anau holding his rainbow trout after weigh-in at the Te Anau Club Fishing Competition on the first day.
Dianne Anderson of Te Anau, winner of the Te Anau Club Trophy – Best Condition Factor Overall of...
Dianne Anderson of Te Anau, winner of the Te Anau Club Trophy – Best Condition Factor Overall of the Competition and Charlie Drysdale, Te Anau Club Competition organiser .

This year’s Te Anau Club Fishing Competition held on (12/13 Jan) experienced mixed weather for their annual competition, where lots of fishing stories were swapped between fisherfolk.

The competition has been organised for round 27 years and 23 of those have been held at Labour Weekend, but with other competitions on the same weekend the Te Anau Club shifted the event to January.

The January date has been very successful, with no entry fee and fisherfolk do not need to be a member of the Te Anau Club to enter. This has seen an increase in entries this year, a good crowd and lots of families.

“Our sponsors have been magnificent with fisherfolk enjoying the awesome sponsored prizes on offer, said Te Anau Club Competition organiser Charlie Drysdale.

“There were 101 fish caught during the 2-day competition and the condition factor of the fish was definitely an improvement, compared to last year”.

Dianne Anderson of Te Anau won the Women’s section and the Te Anau Club trophy – Best Condition Factor Overall with her brown catch of the weekend condition factor 43.8910.

Bill Brown Trophy for Best Condition Factor-Brown was –won by Anne Roughan, condition factor 40.4379. The trophy has been donated by the Brown Family in Memory of their late father Bill, who organized the fishing completion for a number of years.

Men’s winner Steven McKay-Rainbow Condition Factor 40.8872, Junior 12-17 years – Jessica Molloy Brown Condition Factor 36.2122, Children’s Section–Ethan Ruddenklau–Rainbow Condition Factor 43.8872

The support of businesses from Fiordland and the wider area was phenomenal, with over thirty sponsors, with prizes ranging from return trips to Stewart Island, Milford Sound Cruises, a Southern Lakes Scenic Trip, fishing gear and many more spot prizes of great value, Mr Drysdale said.

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