Alan Radcliffe, manager of the New Lynn branch, is a keen hunter and fisherman and has passed that love of the outdoors onto his children
“What can be better than spending a day fishing with your kids? It’s an opportunity to talk, share stories and - most of all - teach the young ones how to respect our environment, other people and to cherish the ability to go fishing to put food on the table. It was a real pleasure to see a junior win the kingfish section.
“These people love fishing so much that they plan their trips well in advance. Despite the adverse weather, winning fish were caught everywhere from Doubtless Bay to the Ranfurly Banks.”
High on the list of Chester’s priorities is ensuring people look after their caught fish so plenty of effort has gone into educating contestants on how to slurry or chill their fish, keep them iced and present them in top condition.
Weigh master and option4 Project Leader Paul Barnes was impressed with the overall presentation of the fish put over the scales.
“The improvement in fish condition is a reflection of the effort that Chesters puts into educating these fishermen. It is difficult to keep larger fish in good nick yet the standard gets better every year.
“These ‘Fanatical Fishos’ have been strong supporters of option4 and our team is pleased to be associated with such a successful fishing event. I am already looking forward to next year’s contest.”