Fish were flying in all directions at the Children's Fishing Day at Hokowhitu Lagoon as hundreds of children struck it lucky and hooked a trout.
Each child had 15 minutes to hook one of the 1000 wily fish that had been freed into a special holding pen for yesterday's event.
Then, once the fish was on the line, there was plenty of help to get them in the net so there were no stories about the one that got away.
Once landed, the fish were humanely dispatched and taken to the Hunting and Fishing filleting tent and turned into two fillets ready for cooking.
Horizons Regional Council also gave the children a chance to catch a fish on dry land and learn about the Check, Clean and Dry programme, which stops the spread of freshwater pests such as didymo, hornwort and lagarosiphon.
Lisa Talbot said Horizons had been involved in the event for a few years to educate families about the simple but effective action of cleaning equipment between waterways.
She said while the children were waiting for their turn to catch a real fish they could play the Check, Clean, Dry fishing game that helps children to identify what they catch.
"It's a really great family day out. The kids have heaps of fun."
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