Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Happy kids forecast for Fish Out Day

Happy kids forecast for Fish Out Day in Palmerston North

Palmerston North youngsters will be all smiles this weekend (Sunday, November 11) as they have a crack at trout fishing at the Hokowhitu Lagoon – thanks to Fish & Game and members of the Manawatu Freshwater Anglers club.

Wellington Fish & Game will release 1000 good-sized two year-old rainbows, transported in the ‘live trout truck’ from the organisation’s hatchery at Ngongotaha near Rotorua.

About 300 trout will be released directly into the lagoon, while another 700 will be corralled behind a holding net as a children’s ‘fish out’ area.

Children aged from four to 12 will be able to fish for free in this enclosed area between 8.30am and 2pm – with all their fishing gear supplied and expert instruction provided by the Anglers Club members.

A number of the trout will be specially tagged – and anyone catching one will win a spot prize donated by Manawatu Hunting and Fishing (Spot prizes can be claimed at any time).

Children have the option of ‘catch and release’ back into the lagoon, or they can take their fish home to eat. Children will be given help to gut and clean their fish and a variety of recipes will be available on the day.

At the end of the event, the net will be removed and the remaining trout freed – so they can be caught by any local anglers with a current trout fishing licence. Whole season licences are free for children under 12 years-old as of October 1, and cost $24 for under 18’s. Licences will be available on the day for anyone who wants to fish the entire lagoon.

Wellington Fish & Game Fish & Game Officer Steve Pilkington says last year’s Fish Out was hugely successful, thanks to generous donations from a variety of local sponsors, and the work of volunteers including the fishing club members. Fish & Game hopes to turn the Fish Out into an annual event for the chance it gives youngsters to “Have a go!”

The Anglers Club members will be on hand to promote their club as well as providing expert tuition to the children.

Mr Pilkington says it’s hoped a great family day out can be encouraged. It is also an opportunity for children to get outside and enjoy the thrill of sport fishing in a controlled environment. “What we want to do is give the kids the opportunities that were given to us and create memories that will last.”

Wellington Fish & Game and the Manawatu Freshwater Anglers Club would like to thank the main sponsors for their generous support:

Fish & Game NZ
Alteration Specialists DewTec Ltd
Manawatu Hunting and Fishing Rose City Lions
Pub Charity Melody’s New World
92.2 More FM Manawatu
Kynoch Construction Horizons Regional Council
Manawatu Standard
Palmerston North City Council
Profab Engineering
Bill Boyd & Associates
Redpath Pacific
Palmfeild Motors

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news