Still plenty of tagged trout to catch
There are just over three days left for anglers to catch and present trout with an orange tag, with only one lucky angler catching one so far.
The angler caught the first trout with an orange tag in the Rotorua lakes ‘fishy lucky dip’ — stoking up interest in the hunt for a fish worth $10,000.
The Fish for Gold promotion runs until midnight on Sunday.
Fish & Game staff say the interest remains high in chasing the orangetagged fish.
Thirty fish were released, 10 each¯into lakes Rotoiti, Tarawera and Okataina.
Fish & Game officer Matt Osborne says there have been good numbers of anglers on the lakes since the event got under way on the opening of the fishing season.
The lucky angler had been fishing for just one hour before hooking his tagged fish while trolling on the western side of Lake O¯ kataina late last week.
“We urge all anglers entered to take care to check all legal-size fish that they catch for the 3cm-long tags, which are attached just behind the fish’s dorsal fin.
“We encourage you to make the most of the good weather before a cold snap that’s forecast, and not give up fishing as there are still 29 potential winners out there to be caught.”
Matt says that aside from the big prize, there is an outboard from Telfer Marine to be won, along with voucher or tackle prizes worth $250 apiece, thanks to local firms Hamills, Kilwell and Outdoorsman Headquarters.
“Every orange tag will at least win a voucher or tackle prize.”
The orange tags must be presented in person to staff at Fish & Game Eastern Region’s office at 1130 Paradise Valley Rd, Ngongotaha¯ , by 1pm on Monday.
Anglers who catch trout with the normal yellow Datawatch tags either during, or after the promotion has finished, are also potential winners as they go in the draw for a free fishing licence at the end of the season.
One of the 30 orange-tagged trout.