The fishing has not been easy at the last two fishout days , and we have had rain , but the young fishers have persisted. There have been lots of true fishers amongst them and our guides were very impressed by their application.
A few years ago we changed our Trust deed to allow the disabled and the elderly to fish the ponds with Trust approval. On Tuesday the 6th December one of our Trustees , Jim Jobe, took a group of elderly ( half on wheelchairs) from Somerset Richmond to the ponds and they hooked five fish , most of which were released. The look of delight on the face of these elderly persons was great to see.
The ponds will be open for youth to fish from the 17th of December ( officially from the 20th but the weekend before will be ok) . We will be restocking the ponds before then.
pond availability update
Taylors Contracting are starting work on the new access road from the end of Challies road next week so ,all going to plan, the new access should be available in early November ready for fishout days. Taylors have also offered to do 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.
Great fishing on the 11th of November
The first fishout day on the 11th of November went well with most kids catching fish. There was fine weather , co-operative fish , and great fishing by the kids. The biggest fish was 2.6 kg caught by Jayarn with the average being around 900 to 1000 gms. TDC have done a great job in grading the access road and Corrections in preparing the surrounds to the ponds.
the ponds are open for fishing by kids with family/caregiver supervision until the end of September. Please note that the conditions of use must be complied with , particularly no fishing with spinners, lures including softbaits except in the big pond.