9.7kg mon­ster wins com­pe­ti­tion

Coastal News - - News - By PHIL KEOGH Whanga­mata Ocean Sports Club Gen­eral man­ager

Our an­nual snap­per moochers tour­na­ment this year was a huge suc­cess.

As Labour Week­end re­ally turned on the weather the con­di­tions were per­fect for hunt­ing.

With 66 an­glers en­tered the de­ci­sion was a big one . . . do we head for the clear warmer wa­ters of the Al­der­man’s, or try out wide and head for the ev­ery en­tic­ing Mayor Is­land. With the split of about 50/50 head­ing each way, it was a gam­ble. Turns out that good ol’ Mayor was the place to be for con­sis­tent hits, and with our lines in the wa­ter at 7.30am we nearly had our boat limit by 10am, in­clud­ing two moochers near­ing on 8kg, that we thought would be hard to beat!

With 68 fish weighed in and many en­trants catch­ing their limit it was a great day had by all, but as for our boat Rave and skip­per Alan, crew­mate Nige and my­self, the win­ners’ cir­cle eluded us! With some ab­so­lute mon­sters weighed in it was Steve and Ronda Lowry tak­ing home sec­ond and third with their 8.08kg and 8.8kg fish, and Keith Collins with his ab­so­lute moocher of a snap­per at 9.7kg tak­ing out the comp and $495 cash for the ef­fort. Fun­nily enough Keith’s fish was caught at the Al­der­man’s, not such a bad de­ci­sion af­ter all!

For the sec­ond year run­ning we also took part in the Coro­man­del In­ter-club com­pe­ti­tion, fish­ing off against Mer­cury Bay Fish­ing Club and Tairua-pauanui Fish­ing Club for Coro­man­del dom­i­nance. Mer­cury Bay had a good day’s fish­ing but could only muster a 5kg fish as their big­gest, and Tairua-pauanui, the cur­rent hold­ers of the shield, reeled in their big­gest at about 6.7kg, thus mak­ing WOSC the new in­ter­club cham­pi­ons for 2018.

A huge thanks to Al­lan Proc­tor of MBGFC and War­ren Ma­her of Tairua-pauanui Fish­ing Club for the con­sis­tent ban­ter and good sports­man­ship,

Keith Collins with his win­ning 9.7kg fish.

Steve and Ronda Lowry with their sec­ond and third placed fish.

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