Trout sea­son opens in time for hol­i­days

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - PAULA HULBURT

Fishy go­ings-on in Marl­bor­ough are set to at­tract more young­sters to en­joy the pop­u­lar past-time. The new trout fish­ing sea­son opened last week­end through­out the coun­try.

Thou­sands of new li­cences for the sea­son have al­ready been sold with the fam­ily op­tion prov­ing pop­u­lar.

Fish & Game spokesman Don Rood says the tim­ing of the fish­ing sea­son is great for fam­i­lies.

‘‘The start of the new sea­son al­ways pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies and mates to get to­gether.

‘‘This year, it means the whole fam­ily can head out to­gether for an out­doors ad­ven­ture.

‘‘It is a great op­por­tu­nity to get the chil­dren into the out­doors and in­tro­duce them to the joys of fish­ing,’’ he says.

Don says fam­i­lies have been catered for with a special li­cence.

‘‘Fish & Game has made it eas­ier to take the fam­ily fish­ing with the fam­ily li­cence, which al­lows par­ents and their chil­dren to fish to­gether.

‘‘It also al­lows grand­par­ents to

‘‘The start of the new sea­son al­ways pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies and mates to get to­gether ... It is a great op­por­tu­nity to get the chil­dren into the out­doors and in­tro­duce them to the joys of fish­ing.’’

take their grand­chil­dren fish­ing.

‘‘As well, chil­dren can get a free fish­ing li­cence, while teenagers up to the age of 18 can get a li­cence for the whole sea­son for $27 – much cheaper than the adult li­cence,’’ he says.

A reg­u­lar Fish­ing for Kids event is held most week­ends in Pic­ton, de­pend­ing on tides and weather con­di­tions. Li­cences are avail­able at sport­ing stores or on­line through the Fish & Game web­site at fis­handgame.org.nz.

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