Fish­ing for a new record

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Shine up your lures and sharpen your tall tales; there are fish to be caught and prizes to be won.

The Plim­mer­ton Fish­ing Competition is on Satur­day and Sun­day, March 12 and 13.

Last year, de­spite some un­set­tled weather on the sec­ond day, more than 200 an­glers and divers took part, mak­ing the event their most suc­cess­ful yet, says or­gan­iser Roger Mizzi.

‘‘It shows how big this competition is in the re­gion. Hope­fully, we get that amount of peo­ple back again.

‘‘We can choose our dates to take ad­van­tage of good tides but we can’t pre­dict the weather.’’

The competition starts with a skip­pers’ brief­ing at 7pm at Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club on Fri­day, March 11. There will be lucky draws and spot prizes that night.

Mr Mizzi says it would not be pos­si­ble for the boat­ing club to host the event with­out sup­port from spon­sors and vol­un­teers. Harvey World Travel in Porirua is fronting with the main prize, a nine-day cruise around the South Pa­cific to who­ever comes home with the heav­i­est snap­per.

Hunt­ing & Fish­ing, Welling­ton Fish­ing Char­ters, The Dive Spot, The In­ter­is­lander, and ‘‘ many oth­ers’’ have do­nated prizes that in­clude reel and rod sets, crimp­ing sets, smok­ers and sleep­ing bags.

A prize for the to­tal com­bined weight of all fish weighed will be a 70-litre chilly bin, and Mr Mizzi says there is more em­pha­sis on the div­ing sec­tion this year, too.

The win­ner of the heav­i­est cray­fish caught will get a tank and valve, and a wet­suit, while a cam­era and spear­gun are also up for grabs in this sec­tion.

‘‘Times are tough, so for these busi­nesses to spon­sor this competition is amaz­ing. We get a lot of sup­port from within the fish­ing com­mu­nity and there is a great crew of peo­ple who help us out – from those that are here in the dark­ness each day, to help­ing with the weigh-ins and work­ing in the club it­self. It’s very much a com­mu­nity thing.’’

With or­gan­is­ers keen to at­tract the whole fam­ily, there is also an un­der-16s sec­tion. Af­ter 5pm each day will be the pop­u­lar fish auc­tion, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion run by the club.

‘‘It’s a chance to buy fresh fish, straight off the boats. What more could peo­ple ask for?’’

A live band, The South Coast Train Wrecks, will play in the boat­ing club on Sun­day night.

Mr Mizzi en­cour­ages any­one want­ing to en­ter the competition to do so well in ad­vance at plim­mer­ton boat­ing­club.org.nz.

In case of bad weather, check the web­site or tune in to New­stalk ZB on the day.

Weapons at the ready: Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club’s an­nual fish­ing competition or­gan­iser Roger Mizzi says there are plenty of prizes on of­fer for both an­glers and divers this year. He has fin­gers crossed they don’t get rough weather this time around.

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