They have spread to every stream, river and lake with access to the Waikato River, from 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 weighing over 69 tonnes from the waterways.
This year the World Koi Carp Classic will be held on November 7 – 8 at Lake Puketirini near Huntly. The fish weighed in are available for the public to take away (they make excellent bait and berley) in return for a small donation to the Huntly Rotary club who run the event.
Many NZBS members are from the Franklin area and can hunt koi carp in local streams and rivers. The winning team at last year’s carp classic was Ruben Hastings and Ben Passau from Waiuku, and Ruben also won the prize for the most carp, shooting 148 fish over the weekend.
Further details are available from the NZBS website at: www.nzbowhunters.co.nz.