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The Waitaki Irrigators Take a Kid Fishing Competition is proving a huge hit, with only 54 entries left ahead of the competition this Sunday.

The fishing competition took place for the first time last year and entries filled up after 48 hours. For this year’s event, 146 of the 200 spaces were quickly filled when entries opened yesterday morninig.

Oamaru Sports and Outdoors director Richard Hill said the fishing competition was a huge success last year.

“Last year was an awesome event. Everyone had so much fun and loved the family vibe.”

The competition is held at the farm of Sonya and Mark Eckhold, who have always had a love for fishing and taught their children how to fish on the pond when they were younger, so they wanted to open it up to other children.

Two types of fish will be available for the children to catch – salmon and trout.

Mr Hill said the competition was children-focused.

“It’s purely all about the children. This is what the event is all about. It’s a day for them and for parents and extended family to come and watch and enjoy.”

Mrs Eckhold said the event had been really popular and they liked being able to offer it.

There will be plenty of prizes available for the children.

A total of 600 salmon were released into the pond yesterday.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

GETTING READY: Six hundred salmon were released into a pond on Sonya and Mark Eckhold’s farm in Peebles ready for Sunday’s ‘Take A Kid Fishing Competition’. Pictured is Chris Dennison holding the pipe from the truck full of fish.