A line out to youngsters


JACK CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Twenty-one perch, eight trout and one eel.

That was the haul from the “Take a Kid Fishing Competition” in Balclutha last year, but Balclutha Senior Constable Tanya Grant thinks this year may be even better.

“We’ve got all kinds of prizes to give out for the strangest catch, the largest .. there are age categories and a prize for the ‘biggest bag’ or the most fish caught,” she said.

The competition was held for the first time last year and its success demanded a repeat.

Children up to the age of 17 could enter, and Snr Const Grant said it was a good opportunity for first timers.

“Otago Fish & Game have again provided 40 fishing rods for use on the day, giving those without gear the opportunity to come and have a go.”

It had also granted a blanket fishing licence on the day for those registered to compete.

On the morning of Sunday, April 14, the young fishermen would spread out along the Clutha River and cast their lines, before returning to the Balclutha soccer clubrooms in Glasgow St at 1pm for a weigh-in.

Those interested could pre-register at Balclutha Stirling Sports or the Balclutha Police Station and could also register on the day from 9am at the clubrooms.