Ex­cite­ment at One Base

The Northland Age - - Local Classified­s -

While game­fish weren’t in abun­dance for the 24th Houhora One base, there was still plenty of ex­cit­ing ac­tion for nearly 200 an­glers who took part in this year’s event.

With 191 an­glers and 60 boats en­tered from var­i­ous fish­ing clubs in­clud­ing those as far south as Tau­ranga and Mata­mata, there were a lot of yel­low fin and al­ba­core tuna caught through­out this year’s com­pe­ti­tion which ran from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day, March 7-10.

Or­gan­is­ers of the four day tour­na­ment noted there dou­ble and triple strikes and in one in­stance five fish were hooked up at once, while win­ners took home cash, fish­ing rods and reels, and power tools in prizes and lucky draws.

Full credit

went

to Houhora’s Gio­vanni team, with skip­per Marty Doody, land­ing Michelle Wed­ding’s 222.2kg blue mar­lin in rough seas, a great bond­ing ses­sion for the all-girl crew win­ning the $10,000 bill­fish prize.

The striped mar­lin landed by Nick In­der and team on the boat Ram­page broke the event’s striped mar­lin drought to claim the other ma­jor prize of $10,000 cash.

The top skip­per tro­phy and win­ning boat with 661 points went to Doody (Gio­vanni); Doug Buckle (Big 00) and tak­ing $1000 for the heav­i­est snap­per at 9.36kg; Justin Nel­son (Beefeater) won the $1,000 cash prize for reel­ing in the heav­i­est king­fish 15.6kg; while Mike Lodge (Hem­ing­way) won $1,000 cash for the heav­i­est yel­low fin tuna at 37.7kg,

Other win­ners were Mike Mor­phett (Off the Hook) who claimed the spon­sored lucky draw of 4x4 tyres, while the eight-day cruise for two to Fiji — on the Pa­cific Jewel with three stop-overs — went to Tony Kearns (Big OO). Both are reg­u­lar an­glers at the One Base.

To­tal fish weighed were one blue mar­lin, two striped mar­lin — al­beit one un­der qual­i­fy­ing weight — 12 yel­lowfin tuna, 10 al­ba­core, two mahi-mahi, and six snap­per.

Good times were had by the an­glers in the clu­b­rooms in the even­ings with the Man of the Mo­ment award go­ing to Mike Allen (Mikes Stabi) who won a Shi­mano 24kg roller tip rod and Shi­mano TLD30 reel and donated it to the youngest an­gler fish­ing the one base, 13-year-old William Lo­mas.

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