Chance for all to go fish­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS -

New­com­ers to fish­ing are be­ing put to the test.

The Z Pier Auck­land Fish­ing Clas­sic kicks off on May 11 at Westhaven with the aim of en­cour­ag­ing more kids into the sport.

Com­peti­tors can fish from land, pri­vate boat, Z pier char­ter ves­sels or a barge which can take up to 200 chil­dren with su­per­vi­sion, Wa­ter­front Auck­land says.

Mari­nas man­ager Tom War­ren says the event is the first of its kind in NZ.

‘‘The beauty of the Z Pier Auck­land Fish­ing clas­sic is that it will be open to all ages and stages re­gard­less whether you have a boat or not.

‘‘The Hau­raki Gulf is such a fan­tas­tic as­set for the city and all Auck­lan­ders should have the chance to catch a fish from the lo­cal wa­ters. This is our chance to en­cour­age that and in the process pro­mote sus­tain­able fish­ing and the im­por­tance of nur­tur­ing our de­pleted fish stocks,’’ War­ren says.

Fish­ing vet­eran and coor­gan­iser Joe Den­nehy says the event has huge po­ten­tial.

‘‘This is our chance to cre­ate a new Auck­land tra­di­tion and a fam­ily friendly sport­ing event for all to share in,’’ he says.

Good catch: Par­tic­i­pants in the Z Pier Auck­land Fish­ing Clas­sic will be hop­ing to reel in some good sized snap­per.

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