The Take a Kid Fishing event had record attendance with children of all ages joining in

Children enjoy fishing

by Ann van Engelen photos by Richard Cosgrove/Fish & Game NZ

A record-breaking crowd participated in the Take a Kid Fishing event on Sunday with some 7,000 participants joining together at the Groynes Lakes.

“We had grandparents watching from deck chairs and parents helping their children. Everyone enjoyed the day, and not a cellphone was in sight,” says organiser Dave Denton.

“The weather was fine, there was no wind, and the crowd rolled up early.

The first hour the water was quiet and I looked down one line of rods there were a dozen fish on. It was exciting for the children, and this continued throughout the day.

“The fish this year had good growth rates, and we got beautiful fish. The team of helpers were wonderful, and we are very thankful for those waiting in the queues when we ran out of gear. There was a couple of hours wait for rods to return as each child got to catch two fish. People were so helpful, friendly and happy — it was a lovely atmosphere.

“We put 800 fish into the lake, and less than 400 were caught, so people are welcome to fish for another week with children. It is purely a kids’ fishery, but adults can assist them. Under 12-year-olds are free but you do need to get a licence from a fishing shop such as Fishermans Loft, which will be given at no cost.

“The team of volunteers, including St John, were wonderful. We only had one small incident of a hook in a finger. People learnt to fish, clean their catch, how to tie knots and cook their fish. A great day was had by all.”