Con­di­tions align­ing on 90 Mile

The Northland Age - - Sport -

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.

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