Get­ting chil­dren hooked on trout fish­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - SUE EMENY

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.

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