Club competitions luring anglers

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Want to hear a fishy story? If so, join the Milton Angling Club and create your own about the one that got away.

An active club since it was formed in 1954, it still hosts fortnightly fishing competitions on rivers in the Clutha District.

“Competition can be what you make of it. Some like if hot while others prefer to sit around and enjoy the quiet moments fishing offers before the bait is taken,” former club president Trevor Carr said.

“That’s the lure of fishing, peace and quiet on the river bank, no-one else about, and then there is the thrill of getting one on the hook.

“It’s all part of the game,” said Mr Carr, who has been fishing with the club since he joined in 1967 as a junior angler.

“My grandfather Frank Anderson dragged me along and I was hooked.”

Mr Carr said he is out fishing most weekends, looking for brown trout in local rivers.

“There is a lot of good-sized fish at the Toko Mouth right now.

“It’s rare to go home without one or two.

“Most I fillet, keep some and give the rest to the old people in Milton.”

Club secretary Maria Lomas said club membership had gone up and down over the years.

“Now we are on an up as we are getting more members now,” she said.

“We won’t have the same large numbers of members we had in the past, where we used to take bus-loads of anglers to competitions on the local rivers, but it’s a good, strong club again.”

Mrs Lomas said it was also a very social club and many more women and juniors were joining the club for the sport and the fishing competitions, which are run every fortnight throughout the year, except during the winter months.

“It’s a great way to zone out and get the pressures of the day out of your head,” she said.

For more information please contact the club on 272010588.