Our fishing comp biggest yet
THIS YEAR’S SOUTHPAC TRUCKERS & LOGGERS Fishing Tournament was the biggest yet, with 41 teams turning out in the Bay of Islands for the three-day contest.
e 148 anglers registered for the tournament made it by far the largest tournament hosted by the Bay of Islands Sword sh Club.
Tv shing show celebrity Matt Watson attended the brie ng and told his story – but Maarten Durent, CEO of tournament main sponsor Southpac Trucks, probably would have won any popularity contest…thanks to his bar shout at the Sword sh Club’s Paihia clubhouse.
With great weather conditions predicted, every team entered turned up for the “start shing” call.
During the tournament 17 bill sh were caught – two of
Above left: Mike Hurley tags and releases a striped marlin
Above right: e winning Isuzu Trucks 2 team
Left: Kenworth USA’s David Kelly (left) presents the top tag and release angler prizes to Troy Rhodes
Right: Cummins NZ’s Daniel Gallagher (left) presents the prizes to Mark orburn for the largest measure and release king sh
Opposite page, main pic: Jackson Enterprises’ Trevor Jackson hooked into a marlin, with deckie Mitchell Pattinson steering the chair
Opposite page, bottom right: Family Jewels on a calm sea
Opposite page, bottom left: e Paihia clubhouse is packed for the precontest brie ng