Fishing competition a family affair

Mike Johnston, of Te Anau, winner of the men's section and the Bill Brown Trophy for best condition factor-brown trout. Photo: Julie Walls

MOVING the annual Te Anau Club Fishing Competition from October to January has proven successful for the club, according to organiser Darren Drysdale.

The annual competition, which has been run for about 26 years, had been held at Labour Weekend but, with other competitions on the same weekend, the Te Anau club decided to shift the event to January.

Mr Drysdale said although entries were down because the condition of the fish was not as good due to the heat and not feeding, this year’s event was a success with many families walking away very happy with sponsored prizes.

“With no entry fee and fisherfolk not needing to be a member of the Te Anau club to enter, made the competition very attractive for families.”

Long-time fisherman Ian Excell tries his hand at the fly and spin casting competition, Closest to the Pin “Win a Rod”, as part of Te Anau Club Fishing Competition held last weekend. Photo: Julie Walls

All competition entries went into the draw to win one of three prizes – a Southern Lakes Helicopters’ trip for four, a Real Journeys’ Stewart Island trip for two adults and two children and a Real Journeys’ Milford Sound trip for two adults and two children.

Margaret Fraser won the helicopter trip, Blake O’Brien won the Stewart Island trip and Neville Swan won the Milford Sound trip.

Mike Johnston won the men’s section and the Bill Brown Trophy for best condition factor-brown trout. The trophy had been donated by the Brown Family in memory of their late father Bill, who had organised the fishing competition for many years.

The winner of the women’s section was Holly Brown, with Max Harpur winning the junior section and Jake Durbin taking out the children’s section.

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