Fish play ball for re­ward­ing catch

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Fine weather and big fish were all Plim­mer­ton fish­er­men wanted at their an­nual com­pe­ti­tion on March 2 and 3, and they got it.

The big­gest fish landed in Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club’s com­pe­ti­tion were Craig Simp­son’s whop­ping 22.5 kilo­gram ha­puka and a 19kg king­fish caught by Phil Rich.

Mr Simp­son also took the over­all weight prize, catch­ing 70.735kg of fish over the week­end.

Nigel Adler hooked a 8.365kg snap­per to win the Pa­cific cruise prize and the Trevor Free­man Me­mo­rial Snap­per tro­phy. Run­ner- up was Scott Davies with a 6.06 kg snap­per.

Gourmets were the other win­ners on the day. Most fish caught over the week­end went into a pub­lic auc­tion, with money raised go­ing to­wards teach­ing young peo­ple to sail, said com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Jon Mayne.

This year’s event was blessed with fine weather on both days, bring­ing out 52 boats and over 150 com­peti­tors from as far away as Fox­ton. The week­end was a great success, Mr Mayne said.

‘‘Boats were queu­ing up from 6am on the Satur­day morn­ing ea­ger to get out there and chase that elu­sive big snap­per.’’

The boats ranged from four-me­tre tin­nies to the im­pres­sive 14m launches that had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion from Mana Ma­rina, he said.

Se­ri­ous snap­per: Fish­er­man Nigel Adler won him­self a Pa­cific cruise with an 8.3kg snap­per caught at this month’s fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club.

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