Home' Fish and Game : September 2016 Contents KIDS FISHING DAY APRIL 2016
ANGLING DIARIES GO ELECTRONIC
HE HAWKE’S BAY RIVERS DON’T SEE THE
same angling pressure as some others such as
those within the Taupo fishery, for example, and
tracking down anglers fishing in our region can be a time-
consuming and inefficient way of gathering creel survey
data from face-to-face interviews along the river banks.
Angler diaries have previously been used within the
region to monitor angler catches, provide a snapshot into
the current state of the region’s river fisheries, and fill in
knowledge gaps. Similar programmes have been used to
manage recreational fisheries across the world.
Staff are currently trialling an online electronic angling
diary form where anglers can access a link from their
emails and submit their fishing information directly from
their smartphone on the riverbank or their home computer
once they return from their day’s fishing.
SOME OF THE 50 PARTICIPANTS WHO GREATLY ENJOYED THE HAWKE’S BAY KIDS’ FISHING EVENT
AWKE’S BAY FISH & GAME’S ANNUAL
kids’ fishing day has again proven
popular and was booked out two weeks in
advance. This year, 50 children attended the event,
which was held at the Greenmeadows Game Farm
in Napier over ANZAC weekend on a beautiful
A booking system was trialled this year to
minimise waiting times and try to ensure that the
50 kids got to get a decent amount of one-on -one
tuition time with the fishing volunteers and staff.
Fishing being fishing rather than catching meant
that not all fish played by the rules and so some
kids got slightly longer than their allocated 10
Numerous other activities such as magnet
fishing for spot prizes, casting tuition, fly tying,
sausage sizzle and colouring competitions kept
the kids busy and entertained throughout the day.
The event was strictly fly fishing only with
many of the young kids aged between 6 and 12
years handling a fly rod and reel for the first time.
Nevertheless, it was encouraging seeing some
future anglers really get to grips with playing trout
and mastering the fly reel.
Overall, a total of 44 rainbow trout were weighed
in and these fish averaged 508mm and 1.35kg
(3lbs). The heaviest trout was a hen measuring
530mm and weighing an impressive 1.8kg (4lbs)
with a couple of fish exceeding 2kg surviving to
live another day after ‘long-range releases’.
Many of the kids were delighted with their catch
of the day with a few of their parents looking on
with jealous eyes at their impressive catches! Each
child received a certificate with their fish’s details
on it which led to some friendly competition
between siblings and friends.
The day was made possible by the large number
of enthusiastic volunteers who helped on the day,
as well as very generous donations from numerous
local shops and businesses. The team hope to run
another kids’ fishing day next summer with the
date yet to be set.
Hawke’s Bay Region
Hawke’s Bay Fish & Game has set up a Facebook page to allow anglers and hunters to
follow what the team are up to and keep them informed about items of interest. Search for
“Hawke’s Bay Fish & Game” and click ‘Like’
The information is automatically formulated into
a spreadsheet and is available for staff to analyse.
Historically, staff would need to encourage anglers to
post back information or call them in the evenings to get
information from them prior to entering this data onto a
database or a spreadsheet. Staff are keen to trial this over
the winter months to iron out any potential issues before
officially rolling out the programme for the start of the new
fishing season in October.
This information will be used in conjunction with data
obtained from other monitoring programmes to better
understand the present state of the region’s rivers. The
value of angler diaries is that they are relatively inexpensive
to implement and gather information after fishing trips
have been completed rather than where an angler is
interviewed on the river midway through their fishing trip.
The trick is finding reliable and motivated anglers
who fish often and on a number of the region’s rivers.
Gathering a sample from a decent number of anglers
throughout the region will enable Fish & Game to monitor
anglers’ catch rates and the fish they are catching, and
ultimately will help guide the future management of these
Individual fishing information will be kept strictly
confidential so that you can continue to keep your
favourite fishing spots secret.
If you are keen to assist, please register your interest by
calling the office on (06) 844-2460 or emailing Mark at
For those anglers not quite ready to make the jump to
electronic forms, paper copies can be sent out to you or
collected from the Hawke’s Bay Fish & Game office.
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