Take A Kid Fishing


Sunday October 20th saw around 6,000 to 7,000 people enjoy the warm weather and participate in the annual Take a Kid Fishing event.

“It was our largest day ever,” said Dave Denton a member of the organising Trust.

Thanks to the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, which supports the event by funding the raising of the salmon there were some very good fish this year it was reported.

“This included a few double figure rainbows,” Dave explained. “Lots were caught in the first hour or so, but the fish got spooked after that a bit, with so many people fishing. While a few were caught throughout the day, the catch rate went down a bit,” he added. “The good news is that there are around 500 good fish still there, so if the kids get to the ‘Groynes’ in the next week they could enjoy some great fishing,” Dave said with a smile. “We cover everyone with a fishing licence on the day of our event, but people fishing from now on will require a licence. These are free to most junior groups from a fishing tackle shop,” he explained.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to all those people who attended and who patiently waited to get some loan fishing gear,  because of the big crowd present,” Dave commented.

This free event is the result of a great deal of volunteer effort, donations and support by many people and groups, including the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, which supports the event by providing the salmon.

“While it was really busy on the day, almost everyone seemed to be in a good mood and enjoying themselves. There were lots of instances of one family helping another one out and people making sure everyone got a turn,” Dave said. “The Christchurch City Council deserves a pat on the back for the condition of the venue. The lakes and surrounding areas had been beautifully prepared to ensure weed-free water and the maximum possible amount of space for people to stand around the water,” Dave concluded.