Pres­i­dent breaks club record

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The Kairakau Ma­rine Club (KMC) hosted their an­nual two­day fish­ing con­test on De­cem­ber 29 and 30.

With ideal sea con­di­tions, it was the first time in many years that the com­pe­ti­tion could be run without any post­pone­ments. More than 35 boats com­peted for a prize pool with an es­ti­mated value of over $7000, rang­ing from rod and reels, chilly bins and camp­ing gear to air com­pres­sors and chain­saws, all do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses. The ma­jor spon­sors were Cen­tra­lines, Gal­lagher, Hunt­ing and Fish­ing Guns and Tackle Napier and Tur­ton.

The prize­giv­ing bar­be­cue at­tracted more than 300 peo­ple.

The big­gest fish caught over the two days was by the Kairakau Ma­rine Club pres­i­dent Matt Ward who broke the club record with his 17.0kg king­fish, caught by Pauanui Point, after a 20 minute fight.

“Our fish­eries ap­pear to be in good shape this year,” said Matt.

“All of the an­glers had great fish­ing with mixed bags of ter­ak­ihi, gurnard and blue cod and other species. All of the ‘clos­est to the av­er­age’ prizes had fish weigh­ing in at av­er­ages ahead of last year and in good quan­ti­ties. In par­tic­u­lar amongst the gurnard va­ri­ety, which is good to see and might be due to the lack of trawler and com­mer­cial fish­ing ac­tiv­ity off the is­lands,” he said.

The event was or­gan­ised by the KMC com­mit­tee, with the team of trac­tor driv­ers pro­vid­ing a seam­less launch and re­trieve op­er­a­tion over the two days. Neil Brun­ton, John Thodey and Blair Thodey back ashore with their haul, dur­ing the Kairakau Ma­rine Club’s an­nual two-day fish­ing con­test.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways a suc­cess due to Kerry Tostevin play­ing an im­por­tant role as the ra­dio op­er­a­tor, with her se­ri­ous fo­cus on safety,” said Matt.

Very few groper were weighed in on the first day, but Bruce D’Arth won the Cen­tra­lines McCoskery Cup with his big­gest fish weigh­ing in at 12.9kg on the sec­ond day, beat­ing Ian South­ward’s 9.4kg fish. Ian still holds the club record from 2013.

“We had fun with the Hunt­ing

and Fish­ing Va­ri­eties cat­e­gory where there was a tie for three boats catch­ing 12 dif­fer­ent species and a four-way tie for sec­ond with 11 species. We got the skip­pers to draw play­ing cards and then pick a prize,” Matt said.

The Skip­per’s Tro­phy is a mys­tery species nom­i­nated on the day and this year Bryce Nils­son of Otane won a $300 voucher from hel­loworld for his 1.8kg ter­ak­ihi. Sammy Sin­clair had a suc­cess­ful fish­ing week­end

win­ning Pa­cific Sou­venirs Shel­ley Perry Me­mo­rial Cup for her 7.3kg king­fish. Dave Whi­takker was con­grat­u­lated on be­ing the Carter’s Most Se­nior An­gler over 70 years old. Ray­mond Web­ster won the Steven­son Tay­lor Sur­f­cast­ing cat­e­gory for the sixth year in a row with his 2.1kg Ka­hawai, just a bit smaller than Alan Car­pen­ter’s boat-caught ka­hawai that won the Melita Honey prize of rod and reel weigh­ing 2.85kg. FEA­TUR­ING - Ef­fi­cient Mov­ing & Stor­age HB TQ Champs, Stock­cars, Street

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Club pres­i­dent Matt Ward with his record-break­ing 17kg king­fish.

Luke Nils­son won the Gal­lagher Ter­ak­ihi cat­e­gory with a 1.630kg fish.

Sammy Sin­clair won the Pa­cific Sou­venirs Shel­ley Perry Me­mo­rial Cup for her 7.3kg king­fish.

Sam Golden placed in both the Cen­tra­lines Groper and Hawke’s Bay Ma­rine Snap­per cat­e­gories.

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