YOUTH FISHING – Sport Fishing for Youth Trust
Providing opportunities for youth to enjoy outdoor activities
Sports Fishing For Youth Trust is a charitable Trust with a goal of providing youth in the Nelson/Tasman region with an opportunity to go fishing, enjoy the outdoors, and hopefully to develop an appreciation of the outdoor environment. With the support of sponsors we have built and maintain three fishing ponds at Appleby and with assistance from Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game and Rata Foundation we stock these ponds with trout and salmon.
The Trust was established in 2010 with the ponds completed and first stocked in 2012. Since the initial pond construction disabled fishing platforms have been built and various access tracks formed to make them suitable for youth to use. We have also undertaken tree planting and landscaping and provided picnic tables etc. The present Trustees are Ian Kearney , Richard Boyden, Jim Jobe, Kevin Nansett, Bruce Taylor, Maree Peters, Sam Kearney, and Mark Burdass.
Usually we aim to make the ponds available for youth to fish with parent/caregiver supervision from mid December until the end of March and again from the beginning of June until the end of September. Outside of these times the ponds are closed to the public to enable maintenance and the Trust to provide guided fishing opportunities for special needs groups and also pre booked fishout days for youngsters to learn to fish.
Please note there are conditions of use that apply during this open period and these must be observed. Details of the conditions are available elsewhere on this website however conditions include: a maximum of one fish per child on any one day, only children can be a fisher ( the person holding the rod ), no burley or feed to be used, restrictions on the use of spinners and soft baits to the largest pond, and all fishers must have a licence from Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game (free for 12 and under).
We are aware that there are a number of parents/caregivers who may be keen to use the ponds but are uncertain of the requirements and regulations to fish at the youth ponds . We have put together an outline of how to fish at the ponds and the regulations that apply and included that in the Tips section of this webpage.
Please also be aware that TDC have closed the old River road access point. This will mean the only access will be via Challies road. Also be aware that Google maps does not have the correct location of the ponds, you may end up in Stoke or the Richmond foothills. If using Google maps put in Challies road as a location.
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