Lockdown fishing a highlight for many

Winner Shane Dwyer, of Fortrose, took this photograph of 6-year-old Brody Dwyer with the fish he caught with 4-year-old sister Lexi, taken at the Fortrose Estuary (Lower Mataura).
Winner Ryan McMaster, of Invercargill, took this photograph of 2-year-old Reed McMaster fishing on the Makarewa River near Wallacetown.

A WIDE variety of entries were received for the Fishing in Your Bubble photograph competition — an initiative of Southland Fish & Game.

The competition, which was held during Alert Levels 3 and 4, asked for photographs to be taken in Southland or for the entrants to like or follow the Southland Fish & Game Facebook page.

Southland Fish & Game field officer Cohen Stewart said a wide variety of entrants received, were primarily from Southland and Otago.

“We received 24 entries in total with most entrants being youngsters, which was great to see.”

The competition was created when permission was given to allow fishing in Alert Level 4 with anglers able to fish from shore at their closest fishing location.

It was hoped the competition would encourage safe fishing within a bubble and to encourage participation for mental health benefits, Mr Stewart said.

“We understand that the Covid-19 situation can create stress and anxiety for many people.

“Trout fishing provides a great way to help us unwind, clear our heads, and stretch our legs; all things that can help improve our mental health.”

Mr Stewart said it was great to see so many anglers out making the most of local fishing opportunities during Alert Levels 3 and 4.

The winning photographs were from Shane Dwyer, of Fortrose, and Ryan McMaster, of Invercargill.

The winners each received a $100 voucher from the Invercargill Hunting & Fishing store, one which was donated by the business and the other bought by Southland Fish & Game.