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.
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