Fishing pond replenished

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The trout and salmon have been released in the Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust ponds in Appleby and now all that’s needed are some keen young anglers to catch them again.

About 330 rainbow trout and 100 salmon around 750g to 1kg in weight are being released in the man-made ponds near the Waimea River this week in preparation for the trust’s first fishing day of the season on November 8. The trust will be holding additional fishing days on November 15 and December 13 as well as evening fishing days on November 24 and December 2 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm – a number of other dates have also been booked for special interest groups and disabled anglers.

“We have also introduced the opportunity for some evening fishing which may suit some families,” trust chairman Ian Kearney says.

Ian says the ponds have been upgraded over the winter in preparation for this season’s opening. The tracks around the ponds are now stabilised and the trust and Tasman District Council have provided more picnic tables – the Pub Charity has assisted us to maintain the ponds and remove some of the weed growth.

“Our aim is to encourage kids to participate in outdoor activities and to make it an enjoyable experience for them. We also want to make it affordable for families so our cost of $2 a child is very affordable thanks to the support of our sponsors.”

Ian says the ponds were stocked with help from Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game while the chinook salmon were reared by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology aquaculture students. The rainbow trout were purchased mostly using funds from the Lion Foundation and the Canterbury Community Trust.

“Our aim is to encourage kids to participate in outdoor activities and to make it an enjoyable experience for them. We also want to make it affordable for families so our cost of $2 a child is very affordable thanks to the support of our sponsors.”

Fishing is restricted to children between six and 16 years old and bookings are required by contacting Fish and Game on 5446382 or going on-line to [email protected]