An­glers’ get chance for $11k catch


An­glers have been urged to ‘fish for gold’ again as the new trout sea­son gets un­der­way – with ma­jor prizes to fish for – with a com­bined value of over $11,000.

Fish & Game has un­veiled de­tails of its new Fish for Gold pro­mo­tion, where an­glers can tar­get trout with spe­cial pink num­bered tags – with the chance to win a ma­jor prize of $10,000, or an out­board mo­tor val­ued at nearly $1000.

There are lots more fish with pink tags and an­glers en­tered can win tackle or voucher prizes worth $200 each.

‘‘We are very grate­ful to the lo­cal busi­nesses who’ve put up prizes – Telfer Ma­rine (Ro­torua), Hamills, Kil­well, and the Out­doors­man Head­quar­ters have all sup­ported the event. The big cash prize is pro­vided cour­tesy of sev­eral gen­er­ous bene­fac­tors, in­clud­ing Makaira Or­chards of Te Puke.’’

The ma­jor fish­ing pro­mo­tion gets un­der­way on Open­ing Day Oc­to­ber 1, 2017, and runs for eight days un­til Sun­day Oc­to­ber 8, 2017.

‘‘It's a great in­cen­tive for fam­i­lies to get out on the wa­ter.’’

Fish & Game Of­fi­cer Mark Sher­burn said Fish for Gold re­ally cap­tured the pub­lic’s imag­i­na­tion last open­ing, ‘‘and got an­glers fizzing’’.

‘‘It was all about what you might call de­li­cious an­tic­i­pa­tion – ev­ery fish landed had an­glers peer­ing into the net to see if it has a tag… won­der­ing will this fish be a win­ner?’’

Fish & Game staff will again re­lease 30 rain­bow trout with spe­cially num­bered pink coloured tags - ten into each of the three lakes, Tarawera, Ro­toiti and Okataina, in time for the open­ing.

Num­bers on the tags cor­re­spond to prizes con­tained in sealed and num­bered en­velopes and one of them con­tains the grand prize of $10,000, and an­other a Yamaha 2HP out­board mo­tor val­ued at $949. The other en­velopes each con­tain a $200 tackle or voucher prize, ‘‘so ev­ery el­i­gi­ble an­gler who re­turns with a pink tag fish will be a win­ner.’’

Sher­burn said that this sea­son Open­ing Day is on a Sun­day, so there is am­ple op­por­tu­nity to plan ahead to fish that day and en­ter the Fish for Gold pro­mo­tion.

‘‘It’s a great in­cen­tive for fam­i­lies to get out on the wa­ter, catch a fish and maybe win big.’’

Fish for Gold is free to en­ter. All you must have is a 2017-18 Fish & Game sports fish­ing li­cence. Chil­dren un­der 12 are not el­i­gi­ble to en­ter on a free child’s li­cence, but can if they are in­cluded as part of a fam­ily fish­ing li­cence.

The pro­mo­tion is lim­ited to the first 1200 en­tries – and you must reg­is­ter on­line prior to Open­ing Day.


Frances Berk­ers has high hopes for the 15th an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion.

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