Rakaia River Fishing Promotions have been running a salmon fishing competition since 1983 which makes us the most successful fresh water fishing competition and the only salmon fishing competition in New Zealand
The competition has grown from something that was very competitive to something that is more participative. This means that you do not need to be the best fisherman to win a prize just participating is enough and our aim is for all to enjoy themselves regardless of ability. The major prize is in fact a draw among all the competitors all you have to do is be present to claim it at the prizegiving.
Originally the intention of the local businesses that were the instigators was to promote and grow their businesses, but over time our focus has moved to helping defend our precious river and its fishery from demise. There are numerous threats such as intensified agriculture, human and natural interference in the ocean environment and climate change. Some we can do something about others not – but we have to try.
Well another year gone by and now we are into 2018, what’s on the
The Rakaia salmon fishing competition of course. This year we are
hoping for another great competition with fantastic prizes, great
company and a lot of bloody fun, of course, a few fish would be great as
This year we are trying something a little different because of numbers
being down over the last few years. We want to keep prizes the same
with a minimal entry fee increase, due to bank charges, We are also
trying a new compere, which will cut our costs, and on the Sunday I will
be calling the prizes so that the money we make can go back into the
Rakaia river and that’s what this competition all about, the river.