Conditions aligning on 90 Mile
Local and visiting anglers have been rewarded with some fantastic early-season conditions at recent 90 Mile Beach Surfcasting Club contests.
Club reporter Jack Rogers noted this purple patch certainly continued for the strong contingent fishing the Kauri Arms Field Day on Sunday, September 30.
“Ninety Mile Beach is very much a fisherman’s paradise when weather and sea conditions align like they have over the last couple of field days,” said Rogers.
Last month’s event saw 93 snapper, 39 kahawai and 11 trevally weighed in by the 38 members and two visitors who fished from 9am to 4pm over a 3.3-metre tide at 1.30pm.
Most of the fish were caught below the Bluff but the heaviest snapper of the day came from around Moutapia, Rogers noted, adding that two members, Mark Frost and Milton Arnold, weighed in the maximum number of snapper allowed to be caught off the beach.
Heaviest snapper and first prize went to Dan Lloyd from Kaeo with a 8.14kg specimen, second place for the heaviest trevally was won by Mike Grylls with 5.64kg, while third with the heaviest kahawai was Gareth McKenzie with 3.06kg.
Other prizewinners included Matt Becker 7.51kg snapper 4 Kelly Strong, Matt Becker, Gareth McKenzie, Mike Grylls, Dave Hallett, Stephen Heka, (front) Marihi Langford, Rachel Craig, Marleen Sexton and Dan Lloyd enjoyed great fishing conditions on 90 Mile Beach at the end of September.
(4th), Marlene Sexton 4.50kg trevally 5, (junior) Rachael Craig 2.52kg kahawai 6, Stephen Heka 6.97kg snapper 7, Dave Hallett 4.07kg trevally 8, Marihi Langford 2.46kg kahawai 9, and Kelly Strong 6.47kg snapper 10. The haggle — set down for a 2.30kg snapper — was won by Logan Craig with his 2.32kg fish.
The sponsors put on a barbecue
and mystery weight prizes, which were won by Ben Waaka (snapper), John Koland (trevally) and Steven Beckett (kahawai). On behalf of the club, Rogers gave a big thanks to Mark and Denise for their generous sponsorship.
■ Coming up this weekend is the Anzco Foods Blue 24-Hour Overnighter. The event starts
8am Saturday and runs to 10am Sunday, fishing over 1pm high tide. Two trophies are up grabs, the Blue Worthy Trophy, for heaviest snapper, and the Keith Smith Memorial Trophy, for heaviest kahawai. Both fish must be caught off the 90 Mile Beach. For more information contact Jack Rogers 408-2660 during business hours. KAITAIA VETS. Almost too perfect weather blessed the Kaitaia vets for their weekly outing at Ahipara on Monday where a report from the day noted conditions were balmy and clear and with little wind.
“And, yes some of us put on sunblock,” the report noted, adding, “Summer is here, great run on the fairways, and the course is looking better ever week. The greenkeepers are doing an awesome job!”
A field of 23 members enjoyed a “spectacular day” and the results showed accordingly.
Men: Simon Yates 33, John Doolan 32, Peter Hammond 28, Bill Logan 28, ladies: Elaine Hammond and Lorna Subritzky both 31, Noeleen Robson 28. Also, nearest the pin prizes for Chris Hollamby (men, and two 2s) and N Robson (ladies) while the lucky chicken draw was won by Percy Erceg.
WHANGAROA. Par results by the Whangaroa ladies on Sunday and Wednesday, September 30 and October 3 respectively, were, Division 1: Phoebe Cowen 3-up, Diane Collins 2-up Phyllis WilliamsCarty 1-up, with Bertha Leslie and Pam Weber all square, Division 2: Mary Tansey 2-up, Jan Kay 1-down.
In other domestic news, results from last Thursday’s haggle were, men: John Jepson 42, Stephen Tansey 40, Rob Fabricius 38, Wally Shand 37, ladies: M Tansey 39, Kyra Rapana 38, Faye Sherman 37.
Results from the Sunday men’s stableford haggle, Division 1: John McSorley 41, Division 2: W Shand 43, R Fabricius, Robin Spicer 38, Noel Taylor, Bruce Crawford 37.
Results from the recently completed club matchplay championships were, ladies’ silver: K Rapana, bronze 1: P Williams-Carty; men, senior: Quin Butler, intermediate: Dave Nicholas, D-grade: John Munro.
Last but not least, results from the club vets’ play on Monday (October 8) were, ladies: M Tansey 48, P Williams-Carty 41, men: Jeff Parker 46, S Tansey 41 with John Brooks and Barry Carty both returning 40.