Fish­ing car­ni­val hauls in en­trants

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By PETER DRYSDALE

The an­nual Pahiatua Trout Fish­ing Car­ni­val was held from Oc­to­ber 20 to 27 with 105 an­glers reg­is­tered but only half were lucky enough to weigh in a fish.

This year with all five rivers hav­ing a low and clear flow run­ning it made the fish­ing hard. We had 27 more an­glers and only two more trout weighed in.

The re­sults showed the tro­phy win­ning fish were in the same con­di­tion as last year, the heav­i­est trout a rain­bow jack 1.740kg was caught in the Manawatu¯ River.

It was great to see so many fish­er­men on the river and in par­tic­u­lar the kids of which we had 58 who had en­tered the ju­nior and novice com­pe­ti­tions. Weigh-ins at The Post Of­fice Ho­tel saw a steady flow of an­glers turn­ing up hav­ing a beer and try­ing to find out where all the fish have gone and which river they were getting caught in. There were 38 rain­bow and 34 brown trout plus 36 eels weighed in over the eight days, most of the eels were later re­leased. See the pub­lic no­tice page of this news­pa­per for a list of our loyal spon­sors, their gen­eros­ity en­sured par­tic­i­pants en­joyed ex­cel­lent spot prizes both through­out the week and the fi­nal prize giv­ing. The ma­jor drawn spot prizes winners were Bron­wyn Far­quhar­son who won the MacDougalls fly rod combo (adults), and in the kids’ ma­jor spot prizes a fly rod went to An­drew Moyni­han and Lo­gan Hughes the spin­ning rod. For more pho­tos, check out our Face­book page.

The Tro­phy win­ning Trout and eels were:

Heav­i­est Trout Open — Mark White 1.740kg.

Heav­i­est Trout Men — Mark White 1.740kg.

Heav­i­est Trout Ladies — Bron­wyn Far­quhar­son 1.480kg. Heav­i­est Trout Ju­nior — Jor­dan Swans­son 1.220kg. Heav­i­est Trout Novice — Quinn El­lis­ton 1.540kg.

Heav­i­est Eel — Anna Swans­son 5.060kg.

Best Con­di­tioned Trout over 907gms/2lb — Dou­gal Pearce 53.60 cf.

Best Con­di­tioned Trout Ju­nior — Jor­dan Swans­son 65.70 cf. Best Con­di­tioned Trout Novice — An­nelise Fer­gus 58.70 cf.

Back row — Mark White, Jor­dan Swans­son, Dou­gal Pearce, Con­nor Beales, Mal­colm Groves, Ger­ald White and Bron­wyn Far­quhar­son. Front row — Quinn El­lis­ton, An­nelise Fer­gus and Kerry Fer­gus.

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