The wait is over for keen anglers. Hundreds converged on lakes Tarawera, Rotoiti and Ōkataina as fishing season officially began. There was plenty of fun banter among the boat crews but also a touch of friendly rivalry as they were desperate to find the prized $10,000 trout which has been planted in one of the three lakes as part of the Fish for Gold competition. Journalist Kelly Makiha headed out to Lake Tarawera to talk to some of the anglers about how their first day went.
As the sun slowly lifted over Rotorua's lakes, hundreds of anglers were eagerly waiting