Lake Dunstan the place to be this Sunday
Lake Dunstan in the heart of Central Otago will be a mecca for fishing enthusiasts this Sunday when the Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic, a ‘Serious Fishing Competition with a family flavour’, takes to these Central Otago waters.
Every year, the Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic becomes a drawcard for keen fishermen (and ladies), both young and old and this year’s competition is destined to be as popular as ever, with many competitors expected to converge at the Lowburn Hall at the Lowburn Inlet on Lake Dunstan which is the base for the day’s event. It is here where the weigh in will be held, but it is also the place where last minute entry forms can be sourced on the day. Prior to that, a visit to Cromwell Sports in Cromwell or the Central Otago Sports Depot in Alexandra will enable entry forms to be picked up or entries submitted. Four categories have been established for this annual event, with the many keen fisherfolk sure to find at least one that will apply to them: Open, Adult, Junior or Child. Andrew Burton, spokesperson for the Cromwell Rotary Club which is organising this competition says when it comes to organising a competition such as this, its continual success couldn’t be maintained without the generosity of the many sponsors who step forward to support it in a variety of ways. ‘‘Sponsorship is an integral part of running a competition, and because of the range of winning and spot prizes we have up for grabs, it brings people back time and time again to participate.’’ ‘‘Our main sponsor is Begg Security from Cromwell, in association with Bernsport, Cromwell Sports and of course our Cromwell Rotary Club. Added to this are
many businesses both from within Cromwell and across the wider Cromwell community who have generously given a range of prizes to be presented or given support in other ways such as advertising and design,’’ Mr Burton said. From cash vouchers from the Clutha Fisheries Trust valued at over $400 through to vouchers for everything from meals to cinema passes, alongside fishing gear, tyres and wine, the list is extensive. ‘‘We anticipate that many spot prizes will be awarded on the day along with those for winning fish in the various categories, and also there will be a FAMILY prize awarded.’’ ‘‘Our guests on the day will be Bill Wells, a Ranger with Fish and Game who will do the weigh in, ably assisted by various Rotary members, while Murray Kennedy President of Rotary will speak at the prizegiving.’’ Unfortunately there has to be some rules written into an event such as this, but Mr Burton says that these have been kept to a minimum and include the need for a fishing licence, and ensuring fish are only caught from the waters and shoreline of Lake Dunstan. Weigh in is always a much-anticipated moment, and with this beginning at two p.m and gong through until four o’clock on the day , there will certainly be some patience needed for the competitors as they wait for the results from the catches brought in. ‘‘We are looking forward to Sunday and know that some of the young people will be getting their Dad out of bed early as we start from 6 a.m,’’ Mr Burton said. ‘‘ and we specially request lots of ladies to get organised to catch a fish!’’