Com­pet­i­tive an­glers wish wind away

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The an­nual Plim­mer­ton Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion takes place this week­end, with or­gan­is­ers hop­ing the winds stay away and the snap­per are bit­ing.

Last year’s com­pe­ti­tion was marred by high winds, mean­ing the Satur­day was writ­ten off. This time around the forecast is set­tled and hun­dreds of boat­ies are ex­pected to take part in one of the re­gion’s busiest days on the water.

‘‘It’s the big­gest event of the year for us, peo­ple come from all over to take part,’’ one of the or­gan­is­ers Jon Mayne says.

De­spite times be­ing tough for spon­sors, a num­ber have still given gen­er­ously, Mr Mayne says. The top prize, for big­gest snap­per caught on a rod or line, is a nine-night cruise for two around the South Pa­cific, spon­sored by Har­vey World Travel.

Hunt­ing & Fish­ing have do­nated rods, reels, and life­jack­ets for prizes, with New Zealand Sea Ad­ven­tures spon­sor­ing the div­ing sec­tion.

There will be plenty of spot prizes over all three days.

Money raised through en­tries and the fish auc­tion will go to­wards the club’s sail­ing academy and planned up­grades to the build­ing. The auc­tion takes place on Satur­day at 5pm and Sun­day at 4pm.

‘‘It’s the fresh­est fish you can buy, prob­a­bly the most rea­son­able rates for snap­per,’’ Mr Mayne says.

A map of the fish­ing area, reg­is­tra­tion forms and prize list is avail­able from www. plim­mer­ton­boat­ing­club. It costs $100 for a fam­ily of four, $50 for an adult and $25 for those un­der 16 tak­ing part and Mr Mayne says it is open to ev­ery­one.

There will be break­fast and din­ner avail­able from the club and live en­ter­tain­ment on Satur­day night. A skip­pers’ brief­ing will take place on Satur­day morn­ing from 7.30am.

Photo sup­plied

Big catch: Bruce Odams with his 7.7kg snap­per, enough to win him the top prize for largest snap­per at last year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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