Trout re­lease a bonus for fish­ing con­test

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Chances of catch­ing a big trout in Taka­puna’s Lake Pupuke were boosted last week when 500 fish weigh­ing up to 2kg were re­leased.

The wa­ter qual­ity in the lake is ex­cel­lent. It sup­ports a good num­ber of rain­bow trout and other species in­clud­ing perch, tench, rudd and eels.

There are also cat­fish and koi carp in the lake, which grow up to 4kg.

The trout come from the renowned Ngongo­taha hatch­ery at Ro­torua.

Trout of up to 5kg are ru­moured to have been caught in Lake Pupuke and the catch rate can be high in the cooler months.

North Shore Fly Fish­ers Club and Trout Un­lim­ited New Zealand will hold a con­test at the lake on Sun­day as part of their drive to pro­mote it as a sports fish­ing venue and get data about fish size and num­bers.

The an­gler who catches the heav­i­est trout will win prizes worth $500 and there are lots of other prizes on of­fer, all do­nated by Hunt Sports Store of Crown Hill and Trout Un­lim­ited.

The con­test be­gins at 6am and fin­ishes at 3.30pm. Weigh-in and prize­giv­ing is at the Syl­van Park re­serve.

All le­gal fish­ing meth­ods can be used, and an­glers can fish from non-pow­ered craft.

Ev­ery par­tic­i­pant needs a valid fish­ing li­cence, which can be bought from Hunts Sports Store. Li­cences for chil­dren un­der 10 are free.

Call Den­nis Smith on 3763375 in the evening for more

Mov­ing in: Some of the 500 young trout re­leased into the lake.

Mov­ing in: Some of the 500 young trout re­leased into the lake.

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