Fishing for a new record
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.