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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 three fishing ponds at Appleby and with assistance from Nelson Fish and Game we stock these ponds with trout and salmon.

Trustees and volunteers use the ponds to provide youngsters with a guided fishing opportunity at designated fishout days. These fishout days occur on selected days in two spells. The first spell is between 13th November and the 20th of December each year and the second spell is between the 1st of  April and the 31st of May. During these two spells fishing is only permitted on the designated fishout days and no fishing without a Trustee guide is permitted. 

We also, from time to time, make the ponds available for other groups and provide fishing opportunities for special needs groups, the disabled, the elderly, and groups such as Casting for Recovery, cancer kids etc.

It is essential to book children in for a time slot for the guided fishout days. Parents should check with this webpage and the Trust’s Facebook page for announcement of the dates of fishout days. The actual dates depend on matters like fish availability, maintenance requirements, and weather forecasts. The process for booking is contained elsewhere on this site.

Between 20th of December and the 31st  March 2020 we usually make the ponds available for children to fish with parent supervision. Please note there are conditions of use that apply during this 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, and all fishers must have a licence from Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game (free for 12 and under). For this period from the 20th December until the 31th of March the gate next to the cattle yards will be closed to prevent any conflict with farming machinery and operations. Fishers will need to park in the designated area outside the gate and it is an easy 150 metre walk along the stopbank to get for the ponds.

For Fishout Days our policy in the event of wet weather is NOT to cancel the event but leave it to the children/parents/caregivers to decide whether to attend, most do attend. We will cancel if the river is in flood and threatening the access road. In this case there will be a cancellation sign at the entrance from Challies  road and we will endeavour to notify attendees by email.

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Latest News

New Access to the ponds!

30 Oct 2020 8:26 pm

The work on the new access road via Challies road is now complete. There are still some signs to be erected and this may be a couple of weeks. Taylors Contracting have also carried out some deepening of our existing ponds while they had machines on site so we should end up with better access and better ponds.

The TDC gravel extraction project has enabled the development of another fishing pond nearby. This pond will be managed by Fish and Game and will provide an opportunity for adult licence holders to fish.

The Trustees have confirmed the dates for guide assisted fishout days for the coming season. The dates are 22nd November, 29th of November and the 13th of December. Bookings for the fishout days are essential. Children can be booked in for a 50 minute slot on these dates using the bookings tab on this site.

The ponds will be closed for caregiver/parent supervised fishing by children until the 20th of December. The ponds will then be available for family supervised fishing from the 20th of December until the 31st of March 2021. Users should note the conditions for use that apply during this period.

The old access road off of River Rd. is now closed. The new access road is further on at the intersection of Waimea West Rd. and Challies Rd. For directions see:

Directions to the Ponds

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Fish Out Days

The Trust has designated “fish out” days. On these days our volunteers guide the young fishers in 50 minute fishing sessions. Fishing gear and tackle is provided.  There is a small charge of $2 per child on the designated fishout days but this may be waived for special needs groups.

Fish out days are usually carried out in two spells. There is a spring spell with fish out days in November and early December and a second spell in April/May.

The public fish out days for the 2019/2020 summer season were:

  • Sunday the 22nd of November from 9 am until 11.50 am
  • Sunday the 29nd of December from 9 am until 11.50 am ( booked by special needs  group)
  • Sunday the 13th of December from 9 am until 11.50 am

NOTE all of the fishout days for this year’s summer season are booked out . Bookings for the autumn season will open in early April . 

 Bookings for the fish out days are essential

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Our Fishing Ponds and family fishing opportunities

Family fishing opportunitiesThe Trust also makes the ponds available for children to fish with parent / caregiver supervision for limited periods over the year.  A licence issued by Fish and Game is required to fish the ponds during these times. The Conditions for use of the ponds apply to these family permits and the children must have a licence. The licence from Fish and Game is free for children 12 and under and $20 for children between 12 and 17 years old. There is a link below to the Fish and Game web site to order a licence.

The ponds will be open for family fishing opportunities when kids can fish with adult supervision from the 20th of December 2020 until the 30th March  2021.

For advice on how to use the ponds and where to fish go to our tips site. There is also an excellent youtube video produced by Jim Jobe of Jimmys bait company at

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We also, from time to time, make the ponds available for other groups and provide fishing opportunities for special needs groups, the disabled, the elderly, and the groups such as Casting for Recovery. If you wish to arrange a visit by such a group send us a message.

Finding the ponds

IMPORTANT: The old access road from River Road is closed and there is a NEW ACCESS ROAD. See the directions to the ponds for full details.

Directions to The Ponds

We rely on volunteers to run our Fish Out days. Maybe you can help us?

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Advance booking for Fish Out days is required.

Tips, Resources
Handy tips and useful online resources for our budding little fishers.

Our Sponsors

We get great support from the Nelson Trout fishing club and from Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game. We are also greatly appreciate the assistance provided by the Corrections Department who maintain the grounds around the ponds and to ITM Nelson who have provided the timber to build and repair the disabled fishing platforms. Taylors Contracting also assist us with the bulk earthworks around the ponds.

Pubcharity , the Lion Foundation, and the Corrections Department  assist us to maintain the ponds and Rata Foundation provide funds to assist the stocking the ponds with fish.

Primary Sponsors

Ellis St. Auto Repairs Ltd. Fulton Hogan Jimmys Bait Co. Kilwell The Lion Foundation Nelson ITM Network Tasman Trust NMIT NZ Community Trust New Zealand King Salmon Pub Charity Ltd. Rata Foundation Tasman District Council Taylors Contracting Co. Ltd. Tony's Engineering, Brightwater

Secondary Sponsors

The Warehouse (Richmond)
Mitre 10 Mega
Property Law Centre
Integrated Traffic solutions
The Fishing Paper
Fresh Choice (Richmond)
Rusler Nets
ANZ Bank (Nelson)
Richmond VTS
Pak’N’Save (Richmond)
Hynds pipes