OTAGO ANGLERS’ ASSOCIATION
The annual meeting of the above was held at the Coffee Palace last evening, the president of the society (Mr P. F. Stoddart) occupying the chair. There was a satisfactory attendance of members, while letters of apology for non-attendance were received from Messrs Robert Chisholm, J. Edgar, and John Ogg. The hon. secretary [Mr G. M. Marshall) submitted the animal report, which has already appeared in our Columns. The balance-sheet which was attached showed that financially the society was in a satisfactory Condition, there being a small balance in hand after paying the accounts for the year.
Mr W. Carlton moved the adoption of the report, and in doing so said he desired to call attention to the fact that the hon. secretary had made a mistake in the matter of putting fry into the Leith. For this year the secretary bad stated that 10,099 fry had been distributed, while for last year he said that 20,000 had been distributed. He (Mr Carlton) would like to mention that last year 30,000 fry had been distributed, while this year 32,050 fry had been put into tho stream. The figures were double those given by the secretary. With that exception the report was an excellent one, and he would suggest that the figures be altered. Mr W. Aitken seconded the motion for the adoption of tho report, The Chairman said that the fishing season of last year was a decidedly unsatisfactory one, for one reason —the spring season was very unsatisfactory because there had been a succession of snowstorms, and the rivers were not for that reason fit to foster insect life ; then after the cold weather they had experienced a hot, dry season, Which caused the rivers to become Very low. There were plenty of trout in the streams, but they had, for the reasons he had given, experienced a very unsatisfactory season. This year, however, everything seemed to point to a successful season being before them. Tho weather cave promise of allowing them to start fishing, and to have good fishing too, as early as next month—of course providing tho weather held good. He wished to draw particular attention to tho advisability of destroying the great enemy to the trout—he referred to the shag. He was of opinion that settlers should point out to members of the society the rookeries of the shags, so that hunting expeditions could be formed, and these shags destroyed. At Lake Ellesmere a party had destroyed a large number of shags, and had repeated the performance on the ocasion of another visit. Some years ago he (tho chairman) had proceeded along with others to the mouth of a river, and on that occasion had killed in one day as many as 170 shags, and 100 shags on the following day. They had also destroyed a largo number of nests, the majority of which were found in trees. The Otago Acclimatisation Society offered Is per head for shags, and that should induce people to try and kill them. He believed that the firing alone would frighten them away. As for the other enemy to the trout—eels—ho thought that it would bo a hopeless task to remedy that evil. Eels were, of course, thick at Home, but there was this difference; the eels at Home were dormant during the winter season, while here it was otherwise. Ho hoped that members would rea’iae that it was advisable to try and frighten the shags away from fresh water rivers, at all events. This year there were several handsome prizes to be competed for, while a number of gentlemen had promised additional prizes. One medal was to be given for competition by members of the association who were under twenty years. Considering all things, there was every prospect of there being a successful season, and ho would conclude by urging all members of the society (who were authorised to overhaul licenses, and were in fact rangers of the society) to keep the fishing up to the usual standard, and to endeavor to prevent poaching. Mr W. Aitken said he had seen shags on the Lee Stream, but had thought they were black swans.—(Laughter.) There was no doubt the shags were the greatest enemies of the trout, and he thought that a little more than Is a head should be paid for them. The eels were bad enough, but they were not so bad as the shags. Mr Carlton objected to tho chairman remarking that it was a hopeless task to attempt to clear the streams of eels. The Acclimatisation Society had announced their intention of obtaining a large number of eel pots, and the members of the Anglers’ Association should do their best to fix these eel pots in the evening. Last year nearly a ton of eels had been taken out of the Waipahi River, averaging from 41b to 141b. He could safely promise that three or four tons would be taken out of the streams during the forthcoming season. The motion for the adoption' of the report was carried unanimously. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION. On the motion of Mr G. M. Marshall, seconded by Mr W. Aitken, the annual subscription was reduced from 5s to 2s fid, a motion by Mr Carlton that the subscription be as before (ss) being lost, election oe office-bearers. The election of office-bearers resulted as follows President, Mr P. F. Stoddart; vice-presidents, Messrs W. Carlton and A. 1 homson; hon, secretary, Mr G. M. Marshall ; lion, treasurer, Mr A. Anderson ; auditor, Mr J. F. Edgar; committee of management—Messrs J. Wilkie, G. Munro, J. F. Peake, D. Reid, VV. Aitken, F. Liwless, R. Chisholm, J. Corbett, J, R. Johnston, SPECIAL MEETING. On the motion of Mr Carlton it was decided to hold a special meeting of the Association on Thursday fortnight to fix competitions and prizes, and that the Canvassing Committee present their report on that date. REDUCTION OF RAILWAY FARES. Mr Aitken drew the attention of members to the desirability of endeavoring to obtain a reduction in railway fares for members of the society when they were going on fishing expeditions. He moved—“ That the Canvassing Committee wait on the manager of railways with the view of obtaining a reduction of fares for members of the Anglers’ Association when they are going on fishing expeditions.” The members of other societies received tickets at reduced rates, and why should not the same concession be extended to the members of the anglers’ society ? He considered they were fully entitled to receive some consideration from the railway authorities, and hoped that their request would be granted. This was carried ncni.- dis. , and the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the ohair.
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OTAGO ANGLERS’ ASSOCIATION, Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889
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