Still plenty of tagged trout to catch

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

One of the 30 or­ange-tagged trout.

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