Young fishers take the bait and succeed

Riverton brothers Conor (5) and Mason (4) McCullough show off their ‘‘catch of the day’’ during...
Riverton brothers Conor (5) and Mason (4) McCullough show off their ‘‘catch of the day’’ during the Take a Kid Fishing competition at McGregors Pond, near Te Anau, on Saturday. PHOTO: JULIE WALLS
Children in Te Anau fell hook, line and sinker for fishing during the weekend.

The Cruise Milford "Take a Kid Fishing" was held in conjunction with the larger Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic and gave children under 11 years a chance to try fishing.

Te Anau Community Events Charitable Trust organiser Shevaun Taberner said there were 65 entries in the children’s competition. Children had help from experienced anglers showing them the ropes.

Sanfords donated 300 salmon smolt last December which were reared to become pan-sized before being released into McGregors Pond before the event.

The winner of the Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic was Tracy Davidson, of Invercargill, who won a Stabicraft 1550 Fisher with 4 stroke 50hp Yamaha outboard, DMW trailer and VHS package from Navico.

Entry into the draw for the boat was a fish caught during the weekend’s competition, the winning catch being an average-sized trout, Ms Taberner said.

With 1233 registered fishers for the weekend, organisers were delighted with how it went.

"It exceeded all our expectations well and truly," she said.

 - Julie Walls

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