Snap up cruise prize

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Six kilo­grams of snap­per could land one lucky an­gler a cruise hol­i­day cour­tesy of Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club’s fish­ing and div­ing com­pe­ti­tion next week.

Top prize at the two­day event, given for the big­gest snap­per caught, is a five-night cruise to ei­ther Fiord­land or Ste­wart Is­land.

Last year’s heav­i­est snap­per was 6kg, landed by boat­ing club mem­ber Trevor Free­man.

More than 200 fish­ers and divers are ex­pected to com­pete on Satur­day, March 24, and Sun­day, March 25.

Plenty of prizes are on of­fer, from reels and rods to wet­suits and spear­guns.

‘‘ The whole fam­ily can come – the ju­nior prizes are bril­liant – and have a blast,’’ Mr Free­man says.

Any sort of ves­sel can be en­tered, from power­boats through to dinghies and kayaks, as long as the boat passes a safety in­spec­tion and car­ries an ul­tra high fre­quency ra­dio. Peo­ple can also fish off the shore.

Boats are given a full valet ser­vice by club mem­bers, with trail­ers back­ing in and out of the water all day, Mr Free­man says.

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gan 20 years ago as a shark hunt, but it was quickly turned into a gen­eral fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion to ap­peal to women and fam­i­lies, he says.

Com­peti­tors come from as far away as Hawke’s Bay and New Ply­mouth, club vicecom­modore and com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Jon Mayne says.

The club is en­cour­ag­ing en­trants to reg­is­ter be­fore the event, and fur­ther spot prizes will be given at a meet­ing on the Fri­day night be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion.

All prizes, ex­cept the cruise, will be dis­trib­uted to en­trants if the weather packs in and fish­ing is off the cards.

‘‘ Even if the weather’s look­ing bad, the prizes still go,’’ Mr Mayne says.

A fish and cray­fish auc­tion will be held at 5.30pm both days, with the pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards train­ing pro­grammes on the club’s res­cue boat, Mr Mayne says.

‘‘It’ll be the cheap­est place in town to buy fish, and it’s the fresh­est fish in town.’’

Fish­ing and div­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club, March 24 and 25, 7am till 5pm. Reg­is­ter ahead of time at plim­mer­ton­boat­ing or 233 1592. Cost is $50 per en­try, $100 for a fam­ily.

Tip­ping the scales: Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club’s Trevor Free­man landed the heav­i­est snap­per at last year’s fish­ing and div­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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