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Teach the kids to fish this summer


An old proverb reads that if you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime. Parents contemplating bored kids these holidays might be wise to think “teach the kids to fish and stop them from driving us crazy”. To this, Fish & Game North Canterbury have come to the rescue with an initiative whereby parents can borrow children’s fishing equipment at no cost.

The fishing equipment, which includes a rod, reel and tackle set, can be picked up from the Fish & Game Office at 3 Horatio Street in Christchurch. In addition, children will also receive an ‘Introduction to Fishing’ DVD and a discount voucher to purchase children’s fishing gear at a number of fishing retail stores. Licences are free to children under 12 years old.

The fishing equipment can be borrowed for up to three days and is also available to teachers wanting to take their class fishing.

Why this is being made available

Fish & Game Officer Steve Terry set up the program because he believed many parents would like to get their kids into fishing, but were reluctant to buy all the gear until they know whether their children will like it.

Mr Terry encourages parents to get out there with their kids this summer and teach them to fish. “Fishing is a great way to spend time with your kids and teach them a skill that builds confidence and gets them interacting with nature,” says Terry.

Contact details

North Canterbury Fish & Game
3 Horatio St, CHCH 1
Mobile: (021) 221-8327
Office: (03) 366-9191
Home: (03) 338-8865
Email: sterry@fishandgame.org.nz

Local fishing waters “Many who fish will have their favourite spots, but for those who don’t they can pick up a Fish & Game fishing access brochure which describes access points to rivers and lakes around Canterbury,” says Mr Terry. “The Avon/ Heathcote Estuary, the Rakaia Lagoon, the Selwyn River below the top Selwyn Huts and the Kaiapoi River are all good sites to take kids fishing, but make sure you keep an eye on the kids for their safety”.
Type of fishing recommended

Mr Terry says that kids often find bait fishing easier than spin fishing, as there is not as much casting and winding in. To bait fish, use a float, such as a film canister half filled with water. Clip the line between the lid and the canister to hold it in place. He recommends using worms or frozen shrimps as bait.

Note Fish & Game North Canterbury will be closed from the 24th of December to the 11th of January.
Other alternatives

If you are in the Kaiapoi area the Kaiapoi Visitors’ Centre also has fishing equipment available for short term rental. The rod and reel sets are lent out at a cost of five dollars for two hours fishing.


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