Teviot Valley children tried to hook the “big one” last Sunday at the Teviot Angling Club’s annual Take a Kid Fishing day.
More than 60 children from the valley and surrounding area attended the event – a combined community effort between the club and Fish & Game New Zealand, which aims to get children involved in fishing.
Fifty rainbow trout were released by Fish & Game into an irrigation dam in Remarkable Orchard, near Roxburgh, for the event. About 20 of the fish were caught on the day.
The event was covered by a blanket fishing licence on the day, removing the barrier of not having a licence.
Members of the angling club were on hand to teach kids skills, and a couple got to try the art of fly fishing.
Teviot Angling Club secretary Helen Maisuria said the event had been running for more than 25 years. Previous locations including Perkins Pond and Lake Onslow.
“We wanted to get the kids out fishing and have the parents helping,” she said.
“The kids got really excited when they caught something.”
The club are holding another Take a Kid Fishing event on the evening of December 15 to catch the remaining trout.