Competitive anglers wish wind away
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. org.nz. 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.
Big catch: Bruce Odams with his 7.7kg snapper, enough to win him the top prize for largest snapper at last year’s competition.