Fire­works added to fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

The an­nual Toko­roa Sports and Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Take a Kid Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion will go off with a boom this year.

Af­ter 15 years of be­ing held in De­cem­ber the Lake Moananui com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing moved to Novem­ber to co­in­cide with Guy Fawkes.

Co­or­di­na­tor Cath Macpher­son said the com­pe­ti­tion will be held over three days from Novem­ber 3 with a mas­sive fire­works dis­play planned on the Satur­day.

‘‘Due to low catch num­bers for the last cou­ple of years and based on a rec­om­men­da­tion from Fish and Game we have moved it to Guy Fawkes week­end,’’ she said.

‘‘Be­cause it is get­ting big­ger each year, we’ve gone from hav­ing 13 chil­dren when it first started to around 300, we thought why not add to it too.’’

‘‘We would like to get com­mu­nity groups out with food stalls and things like that and we have been work­ing with Boom Boom Fire­works, which does the Sky Tower dis­plays, to set up a re­ally cool nine-minute dis­play on the west­ern side of the lake. We are re­ally excited,’’ she said.

Macpher­son said dur­ing the fish­ing side of things chil­dren aged from 3 to 18 will have the chance to catch fish, eels, and crawlies to win prizes.

‘‘We start at about 4pm on the Fri­day and ev­ery child who’s un­der 12 that reg­is­ters for $2 gets a one-year free trout li­cence,’’ she said.

‘‘They also get a goodie bag and free use of the lake to do fish­ing right through un­til 12pm on Sun­day.’’

‘‘Last year we had some older teenagers too who wanted to get in­volved so the club will sup­ply them with two-day li­cences so they can get out there and get in­volved as well,’’ she said.

She said the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion is cur­rently try­ing to raise funds so the com­pe­ti­tion and fire­works can go ahead.

‘‘We have got $2500 and we need $9400. Ev­ery year you hear about peo­ple not want­ing to pay for fire­works. They would rather go some­where, so I re­ally want this for our com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘We know Toko­roa is hugely com­mu­nity in­volved. Ev­ery­one loves to get out for a com­mu­nity event and ev­ery year they come out and have an amaz­ing time, even if it’s rain­ing.’’

Last month 300 trout were re­leased to en­sure there will be plenty to catch. To get in­volved or to do­nate visit givealit­tle.co.nz/ cause/tok­sports­fish­ing# or phone 8867059 be­fore Oc­to­ber 13.

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