Slow go­ing in ideal con­di­tions

The Northland Age - - Sport -

In oth­er­wise de­cent con­di­tions, the num­ber of fish reeled in on the west coast dur­ing a 90 Mile Beach Sur­f­cast­ing Club con­test at the end of Oc­to­ber left some feel­ing un­der­whelmed.

A large turnout of 37 club mem­bers and four vis­i­tors fish­ing in ideal con­di­tions with the Keith Smith and Blue Wor­thy tro­phies up for grabs on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, “only” man­aged to bring 14 snap­per, 29 ka­hawai and 13 trevally to the weigh in sta­tion, event spokesman Jack Rogers said.

Heav­i­est snap­per and first prize went to vis­i­tor Grant Foster for an im­pres­sive 7.41kg snap­per, an­other snap­per along with a de­cent sized trevally, while run­ner up prize for the heav­i­est trevally was won by Stephen Beck­ett with a 5.50g. Claim­ing third prize with heav­i­est ka­hawai was Rogers him­self for his 2.10kg fish.

The other top placeget­ters were, Dan Lloyd 6.91kg snap­per 4 (4th), Kelly Strong 3.80kg trevally 5, Mil­ton Arnold 1.68kg ka­hawai 6, Matt Becker 6.38kg snap­per 7, Shaun Wil­liams 3.21kg trevally 8, (ju­nior) Arli Hokai 1.67kg ka­hawai 9, Ben Waaka 3.54kg snap­per 10.

“Un­for­tu­nately for Grant Foster, not be­ing a mem­ber of the 90 Mile Beach Sur­f­cast­ing Club de­nied him the glory of win­ning the Blue Wor­thy Tro­phy which was in­stead pre­sented to Dan Lloyd with his 6.91kg snap­per while Rogers claimed the Keith Smith Memo­rial Tro­phy with his 2.10kg ka­hawai.

Else­where, Waaka also took out the hag­gle for a 3.05kg snap­per with his fish, while the most ac­tive mem­ber on the day was Matt Becker who reeled in five snap­per of im­pres­sive weights.

On the points board, the hotly con­tested King and Queen and Ju­nior tro­phies are also in con­tention with only three more field days left in the year. The three top con­tenders vy­ing for King Tro­phy are Gareth McKen­zie with 5498 points, Matt Becker 4992 and Dan Lloyd 4334; for the Queen Tro­phy, Jo Arthur 1013, Keri Hokai 952 and Ur­sula Wil­liams 677, while lead­ing the Ju­nior Tro­phy stand­ings are Mekhi Heka 1591, Os­car Par­lour 1293 and Daithi Par­lour 1033.

“All this can eas­ily change with some other fish­er­per­son com­ing in,” Rogers em­pha­sised.

The club’s next event is the Mr Plumba Plumba — Rogers and Rogers Plum­bers Field Day this Sun­day (Novem­ber 11). The event will be fished from 9am to 4pm fish­ing over a 12.27 high tide, fol­lowed by bar­be­cue and prize giv­ing. Con­tact Jack Rogers dur­ing work­ing hours at (09)408-2660.


Suc­cess­ful an­glers in the 90 Mile Beach Sur­f­cast­ing Club field day at the end of Oc­to­ber were, from back left, Kelly Strong, Grant Foster, Stephen Beck­ett, Shaun Wil­liams, Matt Becker, Mekhi Heka, Ar­lin Hokai, Ben Waaka and Dan Lloyd.

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