An­glers wel­come in new sea­son

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It’s time to get out the fish­ing rod, slap on the sun­screen and head to the river for the start of a new trout fish­ing sea­son.

Smaller rivers and trib­u­taries which were closed over the win­ter spawn­ing sea­son are open to an­glers from to­day.

Fish & Game is en­cour­ag­ing fish­ing en­thu­si­asts to visit, buy their new li­cence and get in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice about fish­ing in the re­gion’s wa­ter­ways.

A Fish & Game spokesper­son said al­though this year’s floods struck the re­gion “pretty hard”, it was still look­ing to be a bumper sea­son.

“With the fore­cast look­ing rea­son­able, most smaller trib­u­taries and head­wa­ters — the ar­eas many an­glers love to fish dur­ing open­ing week — should be run­ning clear, hope­fully with hun­gry trout wait­ing in ev­ery pool.

“Fish & Game would like to wish ev­ery­one a safe start to their sea­son and re­mind an­glers to take care of the trout you catch, es­pe­cially when re­leas­ing them.

“Let some­one know when you’re head­ing out and when you will re­turn, make sure to ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ be­tween dif­fer­ent wa­ter bod­ies and make sure you have your cur­rent fish­ing li­cence on hand for when it’s checked by rangers.”

As the sea­son be­gins, Hawke’s Bay Fish & Game also has a new re­gional man­ager, Jesse Fried­lan­der. He has worked in wildlife man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion through­out New Zealand, Canada and the Sey­chelles.

Fried­lan­der is orig­i­nally from Hawke’s Bay and says he owes a lot to the hunt­ing and an­gling com­mu­nity. Hav­ing just re­turned from 18 months in Canada and South Amer­ica, he’s keen to reac­quaint him­self with the hunt­ing and fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties and “hope­fully catch a few fish” dur­ing the sea­son.

An an­gler nets a trout on the Tuk­i­tuki River, Patan­gata, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

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