Plenty of catch, author­ity says

Rotorua Daily Post - - OUR PEOPLE - Neil Porter

Drift dives car­ried out, whereby staff count fish in the Tarawera Out­let, also pointed to high fish num­bers in Tarawera, he said.

Fish & Game’s 2018 Fish for Gold pro­mo­tion also starts on Mon­day for two weeks. Thirty rain­bow trout, marked with num­bered orange tags were re­leased into Tarawera, Ro­toiti and Neil Porter will be up be­fore the sun on Mon­day morn­ing, trolling and jig­ging on Lake Ro­toiti.

Porter es­ti­mates he’s been trout fish­ing for 20 years and this open­ing day will be no dif­fer­ent.

“De­pend­ing on the weather, we’re go­ing to go out on Sun­day af­ter­noon and spend the night out there so we can start out rea­son­ably early.

“We’ll sleep on the boat and I nor­mally get an­other two mates and we all an­chor up out in a se­cluded bay out of the wind.”

Porter said trout fish­ing was a great pas­time and some­thing most peo­ple could do.

“We’ve got so many lakes. It’s a lovely wilder­ness out there and Okataina ¯ in the lead-up to open­ing.

Each of the tags cor­re­sponds to a prize, one of which is worth $10,000 and an­other, a Yamaha 2HP out­board mo­tor, val­ued at $945. it’s nice to en­joy it,” he said. “It gets you out, you can re­lax and it gets you away from work.

Fish for Gold is free to en­ter. An­glers need a 2018-19 Fish & Game sports fish­ing li­cence and must regis­ter on­line be­fore open­ing day.

“I love sea fish­ing but I get quite sea­sick. I like the lake when it’s not windy — and flat. It’s all so peace­ful and pris­tine.”

Porter said he thought Lake Ro­toiti had rea­son­able fish­ing but many peo­ple were “stick­lers” for Tarawera and O¯ kareka.

As for how to cook a trout, Porter had a few ideas. “I used to smoke them in the past but I smoked so many I don’t do it any more.”

Now he of­ten fil­lets the fish, cubes it and crumbs the cubes and fries them in a pan. An­other op­tion is to cut them in half, gar­nish with fruit and herbs, wrap in tin­foil and bake.

PHOTO / STEPHEN PARKER

Neil Porter is a keen an­gler ready to get back out on the lake.

Willem­ina Krebs caught this fish on Lake Tarawera on open­ing day 2017.

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