Koi Carp Classic this weekend
This weekend is the 26th Annual World Koi Carp Classic, which will be held at Lake Puketirini near Huntly.
Pictured from left, Graeme Warrender,New Zealand Bowhunters Society President,last year’s winners Ruben Hastings,Ben Passau and Jack de Thierry, Departmentof Conservation.
Organised by the New Zealand Bowhunters Society, the annual event is a bowfishing only tournament, and is only opened to the members of the society.
Beginning at daylight on Saturday and Sunday, competitors can hunt carp anywhere in the Waikato River and lake systems, with weigh-in times at the end of each day.
Koi carp are a pest fish that were illegally introduced into the Waikato area in the early eighties. They have spread to every stream, river and lake with access to the Waikato River, from the Lake Karapiro dam to Port Waikato. The New Zealand Bowhunters Society have held an annual carp hunt since 1990 and in that time have removed 28,749 koi carp – that is a total of 69 tonnes from the waterways.
The winning team at last year’s event was Ruben Hastings and Ben Passau from Waiuku, with Ruben taking out the prize for the most carp by shooting a total of 148 fish over the weekend.
The public are invited to attend the weigh-in, where there will be a tractordriven mincer that can turn the koi carp into burley, which is available for free.
While they are not allowed to sell the koi or the burley, the NZBS invite those who attend to make a donation to the Huntly Rotary Club as they organise the event.
Weigh in times are Saturday 5pm to 7pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm.
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