Every year this happens. As soon as some fishos return for the winter spawning runs and have to pay for their new licences they start whinging.
We just had another complaint about the inconsiderate lack of any discount for Winstone’s Seniors Card. Then we had a request from a West Island regular (BOF) who was looking for evidence to help him win an argument. So you might need a reminder too.
You understand that F&G and DOC pay me for spreading this propaganda.
So we dug out the previous TRM Daily Report on this issue:
May 14, 2016
NZ Trout fishing licences are a bargain
Believe in coincidences?… Straight after we had an elderly pensioner inmate complaining about the cost of his annual Taupo fishing licence – $90 – as there was no discount for his senior card, grizzling about what do anglers get back for our licence fees? etc. the usual rave, – we received the following from UK:
Famous at last, well my rego (F1SH ON) is! (See Daily Report for 11 May) I’m back in Devon UK but counting down the days until my return to Taupo in November. Thought your readers might like the enclosed fishing offers, just to show what a great deal the NZ fishing licences are. These prices are for a single days fishing, on top of a UK fishing licence, £72.00 for the 2016 season!! (At current exchange rate that is approx NZ $153 per annum)
Keep up the good work, whats the latest on the trout centre?
Subject: WTT: Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust fishing days for sale
Date: 9 May 2016 15:49:30 BST
Reply-To: Wild Trout Trust <email@example.com>
Wessex Chalk Stream & Rivers Trust
Prime chalk stream fishing days for sale in aid of the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust (WCSRT).
The WCSRT are working to improve our most iconic chalk streams and their catchments. Their supporters have kindly donated some prime and exclusive fishing on the Rivers Test, Avon and Wylye (and some carp fishing in Dorset!). The fishing days are being sold by sealed bid auction via email.
As conservation partners and supporters of the Wessex Trust, WTT members are invited to bid.
Offers should be made via email by 5pm on 15 May to Lee Bush via: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Winning bidders will be contacted by Lee for payment and to make arrangements to take the fishing.
Lot Donor Location and description Guide price
1 Gilly Bate And Fly Odyssey One day for 2 rods after the June weed-cut on the River Test at Lower Mill, Longparish. Date to be arranged after the June weed-cut. £260 (NZ$ 553)
2 Lord Camden One for 2 rods sharing a beat, fishing the River Test at Wherwell. To be taken after the June weed-cut. Catch limit 6 fish. £260 (NZ$ 553)
3 Kimbridge Meadow Fishery One day for 2 rods at Kimbridge Meadow Fishery on the River Test on a date to be agreed in 2016. £260 (NZ$ 553)
4 Kimbridge Estate One day for 1 rod fishing as the guest of Mr Brendish on the River Test at Kimbridge on a date to be agreed. £400 (NZ$ 800)
5 Martin Jourdan and the Govett Estate One day for 1 rod on a date to be agreed (possibly in May) fishing the River Test on the Govett Estate. Upstream dry fly fishing only, nymphs – only after August 1st. Preferably no dogs. Good facilities for picnicking and possible to BBQ on the central beats. £150 (NZ$ 319)
6 Neil Freeman One day for 2 rods, trout fishing on the River Test at Broadlands on a date to be arranged. £260 (NZ$ 553)
7 Bossington Estate One day for 2 rods on the River Test at Bossington Estate. A date after the June weed cut to be mutually agreed. £260 (NZ$ 553)
8 Bisterne and Paddy Douglas-Pennant Guided by Paddy Douglas-Pennant: salmon fishing at Bisterne on the Hampshire Avon for one rod on a Thursday by mutual arrangement from March through to July. £75 (NZ$ 159)
9 Mr Vic Abbott A day’s guided fishing for two rods at Bisterne on the Hampshire Avon on a Thursday – date to be arranged from March – July. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. £150 (NZ$ 319)
10 Longford Estate A day for 2 rods on the River Avon Longford Estate fishery (game or coarse) on a date to be agreed with the river keeper. £260 (NZ$ 553)
11 Willie Manners A days fishing on the River Avon Tyrell beat for 2 rods on a date to be agreed between the 1st March and the 31st July. £260 (NZ$ 553)
12 Jon Bass Something completely different. One days guided fishing with Jon Bass – WCSRT’s Scientific Officer – in deepest Dorset to catch your first carp. All tackle and bait can be provided. Requirements: a car, light comfortable folding seat, walking boots, waterproofs, Environment Agency fishing license, packed lunch, patience and no radio (woodlark in season). Contact Jon to arrange a mutually convenient mid-week date in July. £100 (NZ$212)
13 Wilton Club One day’s guided fishing on a date to be arranged for one rod on the noted Wilton Club waters of the lower River Wylye, guided by Tom Davis (former WCSRT Director). Reasonable proficiency at fly casting is necessary. Upstream dry fly or nymph, barbless hooks. Catch and release is strongly recommended. A picnic lunch will be provided. £180 (NZ$383)
14 Rod Parker One day’s fishing at Wherwell on the Test on a date to be agreed for 2 rods. Catch limit 6 fish. £260 (NZ$ 553)
For the Taupo fishery:
Buy a fishing licence online
Below is the link to DOC’s new tool for buying Taupo fishing licences online.
Fish & Game are making it easy for you to get your new season fishing licence through the Fish & Game online ordering system as from 18 August 2016.
Your licence fee contribution enables us to improve your angling experience through improved access information, freshwater habitat protection, population management, and encouraging young anglers to take up sports fishing.
Get your licence early to avoid delays – buy your new licence now! It will give you more time to get ready for opening and the season ahead, and leave time to do other things.
To buy your new licence now simply click here.
Enter your 2015 Licence number with your date of birth into Returning Customer and click on Find my details then select from the shown details. You will then be able to choose the Licence Type you require and confirm you understand the Terms and Conditions. Your existing details will then appear for any updates or changes required.
If you are buying for, or as, a new customer, just follow and answer the prompts about who it is for (resident/non-resident), confirm the season and the licence category, then enter the personal details.
Or, if you don’t want to do this online then visit your nearest Fish & Game agent where you can sort out your waterproof gear, line, flies and lures AND get your licence online through them all at the same time.
Licences purchased online will be supplied as an attractive durable plastic card. Plastic licences will be mailed within five working days of being ordered. You will also be given the 2016/17 Sports Fishing Regulations guide booklet.
If you haven’t already done so, you can subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter Reel Life by clicking here to keep up to date with all the latest news and information from around the Fish & Game regions. You can also find us on Facebook and YouTube.
Your copy of the special fishing edition of the Fish & Game New Zealand magazine will be sent to you free in the following week. Enjoy the read and share it with friends.
Remember to take special care when boating or wading our waterways and follow the Code of Conduct set out in the Sports Fishing Regulation Guide.
Make the most of your angling opportunity and tight-lines.
New Zealand Fish & Game Council
Fish & Game NZ, 2 Jarden Mile, PO Box 13-141, Wellington. Tel: (04) 499 4767