Contest for junior anglers

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Three angling clubs in Eastern Southland will hold a junior interclub fishing competition this month.

Young people from the Gore, Mataura and Wyndham Angling Clubs will compete on Sunday, October 16.

The Gore club competition, with the weigh-in being held at the Gore A&P Showgrounds at 5pm.

Mataura club spokesman Neil Sinclair said the competition had been held for about 50 years.

“We have all the juniors from each club go out.”

The four heaviest bags from each club added together would determine the winning club, he said.

Mr Sinclair said about 20 children would take part, with about six or seven from each club.

“We struggle for juniors. A lot of clubs do,” he said.

The Mataura Angling Club has six juniors.

The club had its first weigh-in for the fishing season on Sunday, when 15 fish were caught.

“The kids can’t wait to go out,” Mr Sinclair said. “It’s just to get their interest up and keep them motivated for the day.”

Competitors could fish the Mataura River and tributaries.

A meal will be provided at the weigh-in, along with spot prizes.