Somewhere in one of the Rotorua lakes, there’s a ‘golden trout’ worth $10,000 to a lucky angler.
Fish & Game staff have completed the operation to release 30 rainbow trout with specially numbered pink tags that can all win a prize in the Fish for Gold promotion, that gets underway on October 1.
There are two big prizes to be won – one is $10,000 cash, the other is an outboard motor valued at nearly $1000.
Fish & Game staff released ten of the pink tagged fish this week into the three lakes – Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina.
Eastern Fish & Game manager Andy Garrick says weather conditions were perfect, and the fish were randomly released at different spots on the three lakes.
“The operation was carried out by Fish & Game officers amid a certain amount of secrecy as we don’t want hundreds of boats converging on a few localised areas.
“We think it adds a bit more to the excitement and anticipation of the day if no one knows where exactly they were released.
“Though we doubt it would make any difference to the likelihood of catching one as the fish are likely to spread far and wide.”
Andy says that no one, including himself, knows which lake the $10,000 fish went into.
The numbers on the pink tags have been matched to prizes that have been placed into envelopes and sealed by a Justice of the Peace, before being randomly numbered and locked away securely until the supervised draw.
One envelope contains the grand prize and another a Yamaha 2HP outboard motor valued at $949.
The other envelopes each contain a $200 tackle or voucher prize, “so every registered angler who returns with a pink tag fish will be a winner.”
Sponsors of the event include Makaira Orchards in Te Puke, Telfer Marine, Hamills, and the Outdoorsman in Rotorua.
“Fish for Gold is dangling some irresistible bait in front of anglers in the lead up to the new season and you need to get in quick if you are thinking about entering.
“Hundreds of people have already registered to take part and the event is limited to the first 1200 entries,” says Andy.
Fish for Gold is free to enter. All you need is a 2017-18 Fish & Game sports fishing licence. Children under 12 are not eligible to enter on a free child’s licence, but can if they are included as part of a family fishing licence.
The event runs from Sunday, October 8 and applicants need to register online prior to the opening day.
Details including entry form and terms and conditions can be found via Eastern Fish & Game’s pages: https://fishandgame.org.nz/fish-for-gold/.