Getting children hooked on trout fishing
Manawatu children have a chance to again enjoy a family fun day out and, with a bit of luck, catch a fish.
The annual children’s free fishing day is hosted by Wellington Fish and Game and the Manawatu Freshwater Angers Club and takes place on Sunday November 8 at Duddings Lake, just north of Bulls, starting at 8.30am.
Event organiser, Wellington Fish and Game senior field officer Steve Pilkington says he hopes families will pack a picnic and make a day of it. It is hoped more than 200 children will experience the thrill of catching their first trout – in controlled conditions and with plenty of help.
‘‘Some children will tick it off their box of things they’ve done and come back to it years later, but others will be hooked for life. What we want to do is give kids the opportunities that were giving to us and create memories that will last,’’ Steve says.
Around 1000 2-year-old rainbow trout are being released into the lake with abound 700 coralled within a holding net in the controlled children’s fish-out area.
‘‘Generally angling club members will bait the line and cast it then hand it to a child to hook and reel in a fish. But with half our time slots allocated to each child they will also be given some fishing tuition and will hopefully be able to catch more than one fish.’’
Children who are successul in catching a fish will have the option of releas- ing it back into the lake or taking it home to eat. Help will be given to those children wanting their fish gutted and cleaned.
Fishing will start at 8.30am. There will be up to 15 children in each half-hour session. Allocating half-hour sessions does mean that not as many children can take part in the day, so booking is important. This can be done by visiting Manawatu Hunting and Fishing. No phone bookings will be taken. Each child will be issued with a free licence and will be allocated a time.
On the day all equipment will be provided but children can use their own gear if they want to.
The annual children’s free fishing day is to be held at Duddings Lake on Sunday November 8.