Port Waikato kids' fishing competition returns

The kid's fishing competition has proven to be a popular event in previous years.
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The kid's fishing competition has proven to be a popular event in previous years.

Kids hoping for a whopper of a holiday tale are in luck this summer - the Port Waikato Fishing Club is holding its annual kid's fishing competition on January 29.

The competition is open to children from 2 to 14 years of age, and no, you don't need to be a member of the club to participate.

Categories in the competition are: junior (2-5 years); intermediate (6-10 years); and senior (11-14 years). There will be first, second and third prizes in each age group for sprats, and the intermediate and senior categories will also include a prize for heaviest other fish.

Also up for grabs are prizes in the popular best-dressed fish category. Once the sprats are weighed, contestants are able to take them away and dress them up in "fancy dress" for judging.

"It's a hotly contested category," club secretary-treasurer Rita Headford said.

"We've had fish with chips on a plate, somebody's made a blue jelly … they use their imagination."

All fishing will take place from the river's edge - boats are banned to give everyone a fair chance.

The competition is one of the club's major events, and it's a highlight of the summer.

"We do it to get the kids interested in fishing," Headford said.

The competition promises to be a fun family event, with a sausage sizzle, drinks and raffles all available on the day.

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KIDS FISHING COMPETITION

January 29 at Maraetai Bay, Port Waikato. Registration is at 9am and weigh-in is from 12pm-12.30pm followed by prizegiving. Entry is $2 per child. All entrants will receive a prize.

 - Stuff

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