Try­ing sum­mer con­tin­ues at D-Bay

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Ter­ri­ble weather re­sulted in a less than mem­o­rable turnout at the most re­cent Doubt­less Bay Light Line and Rod Fish­ing Club com­pe­ti­tion.

Club spokeswoma­n Liz Virgo said the event held ear­lier this month had again been ac­com­pa­nied by east­erly winds and rain, thanks to the La Nina pat­tern which has been so preva­lent this sum­mer.

This meant an­glers ei­ther did not ven­ture far, or not fish al­to­gether, re­sult­ing in few fish brought to the scales, and changed the pro­posed beach gath­er­ing for the prize­giv­ing to be held un­der the shel­ter of the lo­cal bowl­ing club.

“It’s cer­tainly been a try­ing sum­mer of weather for many so far.”

A to­tal of six snap­per and one ka­hawai were even­tu­ally weighed in and con­grat­u­la­tions went to all those who gave it a go. Re­sults were, Dive Shed Tro­phy for heav­i­est snap­per: Will Smith 3.38kg 1, Dar­rell Parker 2.76kg 2; heav­i­est ka­hawai: Rick Stacey 2.10kg, and, Richard Fox Memo­rial Tro­phy for aver­age weight snap­per: Bill Di­mento 1.62kg.

Ms Virgo con­grat­u­lated new mem­ber Will Smith for win­ning one of the two tro­phies up for grabs in the event.

“You have ob­vi­ously found some good fish­ing spots.”

She said for­mat for the two tro­phies were changed a lit­tle as one is tra­di­tion­ally held dur­ing the sea­son clos­ing Matai Bay week­end camp con­test. How­ever, due to a re­stric­tion on fish­ing in that area at present, the club ran both com­pe­ti­tions to­gether, mean­ing the heav­i­est snap­per won one tro­phy, while the aver­age weight win­ner was pre­sented with the other.

She also re­minded an­glers that even if they didn’t have a catch for weigh in, it would still be nice to see as many as pos­si­ble at­tend fu­ture events for a chat, keep up to date with club ac­tiv­i­ties, meet new­bies and con­trib­ute to the var­i­ous raf­fles where the pro­ceeds all go back in to the club cof­fers.

CHEERS: Shadow Greer and Matt Wal­ters en­joy a bev­er­age and each other’s com­pany in the beer tent at the end of an­other prize­giv­ing event dur­ing last week’s Snap­per Bo­nanza sur­f­cast­ing ex­tra­vangaza.

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