Not enough bites could spell end of fishing trip

The organisers of the annual Take a Kid Fishing trip to the Ngongotaha trout hatchery say unless the flow of ticket sales for it pick up, this could be its last year.

The excursion to the hatchery near Rotorua is on August 4.

“We will still be going but so far have only had 14 youngsters book for the trip,” said principal organiser Murray Ferris.

“That’s even slower than last year. Unless things improve we will have to look seriously at discontinuing it next year.”

A group of 40 children can be catered for.

The ticket price for the Eastland Outdoor Enterprises Trust trip has been held at $25, the same as last year.

“I am personally disappointed tickets have again sold so slowly.” Mr Ferris said. “It really is a great day for the kids and they always bring home trout for the dinner table.

“It is a ‘use it or lose’ it situation and at this stage filling the bus on August 4 does not look promising. This may have to be our last year unless things pick up.

“There is a fair bit of organisation involved, and we need to know where we are going numbers-wise as far in advance as possible.”

The day trip involves a bus ride for the children aged six to 12 years.

Tickets for the trip are available at Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

The event has been supported again by businesses and organisations.

The organisers of the annual Take a Kid Fishing trip to the Ngongotaha trout hatchery say unless the flow of ticket sales for it pick up, this could be its last year.

The excursion to the hatchery near Rotorua is on August 4.

“We will still be going but so far have only had 14 youngsters book for the trip,” said principal organiser Murray Ferris.

“That’s even slower than last year. Unless things improve we will have to look seriously at discontinuing it next year.”

A group of 40 children can be catered for.

The ticket price for the Eastland Outdoor Enterprises Trust trip has been held at $25, the same as last year.

“I am personally disappointed tickets have again sold so slowly.” Mr Ferris said. “It really is a great day for the kids and they always bring home trout for the dinner table.

“It is a ‘use it or lose’ it situation and at this stage filling the bus on August 4 does not look promising. This may have to be our last year unless things pick up.

“There is a fair bit of organisation involved, and we need to know where we are going numbers-wise as far in advance as possible.”

The day trip involves a bus ride for the children aged six to 12 years.

Tickets for the trip are available at Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

The event has been supported again by businesses and organisations.

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