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.

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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!’’

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