CO­LERIDGE COM­PE­TI­TION

The Press - Escape - - FISHING -

Novem­ber 1 hails the open­ing of the high coun­try lakes to fish­ing and also the Lake Co­leridge Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. This com­pe­ti­tion is free to en­ter, has over $10,000 worth of prizes do­nated by Hunt­ing & Fish­ing Christchurch and is a high­light of the year for many high coun­try an­glers.

Or­gan­iser Steve Terry, of North Can­ter­bury Fish & Game, says many peo­ple think you have to catch a fish to be el­i­gi­ble for a prize, but it is open to any­one who presents a cur­rent fish­ing li­cence on the day.

‘‘The fo­cus of the com­pe­ti­tion is par­tic­i­pa­tion and ev­ery an­gler who shows a li­cence is au­to­mat­i­cally in the spot prize draw. An­glers who present trout or sal­mon have a bet­ter chance as there are prizes for the heav­i­est fish for each species, for both adults and ju­niors,’’ he says.

Re­cent spawn­ing sur­veys in the Co­leridge trib­u­taries showed good num­bers of rainbow trout in great con­di­tion. Many of th­ese will be back in the lake by open­ing day. There should also be plenty of sal­mon this sea­son be­cause last sea­son there were many smaller sal­mon, and the sur­vivors will have un­der­gone a growth spurt.

North Can­ter­bury Fish & Game have over the last 12 months re­leased thou­sands of chi­nook sal­mon and rainbow trout into Lake Co­leridge and the sur­round­ing lakes. Lake Co­leridge is the only lake in the re­gion that is stocked with sal­mon and also one of the few lakes in which you can catch sal­mon, brown trout and rainbow trout all in the one day.

The com­pe­ti­tion also wel­comes an­glers fish­ing any of the nearby smaller Co­leridge lakes, such as Selfe and Ge­orgina. The Ry­ton Bay weigh sta­tion will be open from 8.30am un­til 3pm on Satur­day, Novem­ber 1. The prize draw will be at 4pm.

Photo: PETER SHUTT

Gotcha: Jeremy Agnew­lands a nice 4lb trout from the Opihi River.

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