Coarse fishing sign­posted


The pop­u­lar­ity of coarse fishing in Whitby will be recog­nised by two signs be­ing in­stalled at Whitby Lakes in July. Dozens of an­glers gather at the lakes at week­ends to fish perch and tench, Porirua City coun­cil­lor Anita Baker said. ‘‘It’s a big thing out here. They come from all round the re­gion.’’ The signs will ad­vise where fish­ers can get a li­cence, and out­line the rules of coarse fishing. Coarse fishing means fish­ers must re­turn their catch to the lakes alive, but tak­ing fish away is not the point of the hobby, Ms Baker said. ‘‘They’re not ex­actly ed­i­ble fish.’’ The signs are a joint pro­ject of the coun­cil, the Hutt Val­ley Coarse Fishing Club and Fish & Game New Zealand.

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