Fan­tas­tic year for Mau­rice con­tin­ues

The Northland Age - - Sport -

The Doubt­less Bay Light Line and Rod Fish­ing Club held its last com­pe­ti­tion for the year in con­junc­tion with the tra­di­tional Christ­mas meal and get-to­gether ear­lier this month.

The Ben Henare Tro­phy was even­tu­ally taken out by Peter Mau­rice with a 6.64kg snap­per. Be­fore go­ing on to list the other sig­nif­i­cant re­sults, club recorder Liz Virgo con­grat­u­lated Mau­rice and noted he’d had a re­ally fan­tas­tic year which in­cluded catch­ing the heav­i­est snap­per at 6.90kg in Novem­ber.

“Your con­sis­tent ef­forts have re­ally paid off, and you are also a great am­bas­sador for the club by show­ing new mem­bers the won­der­ful fish­ing to be had in Doubt­less Bay, good for you!”

Other no­table plac­ings in the event were, snap­per: Gary Nears 5.26kg, 2, Rick Stacey 3.02kg, 3; and, ka­hawai: Bill ‘The Si­cil­ian’ Di­mento 2.80kg (Virgo not­ing this was a very cred­itable ka­hawai for re­cent times and a very likely con­tender for the an­nual tro­phy for best ka­hawai of the year).

Virgo went on to note the weather once again didn’t play ball, the in­clement con­di­tions which pre­vailed over the week­end in ques­tion pre­vent­ing many from head­ing out to fish.

While she noted that was okay, with the em­pha­sis the club placed on safety, Virgo also re­minded mem­bers they don’t have to bring a fish for weigh-in to par­tic­i­pate in events, be­fore turn­ing her at­ten­tion to the af­ter­match which at­tracted a great turnout.

“Thank you all who came, and for bring­ing the won­der­ful se­lec­tion of food to share as al­ways,” she said, re­serv­ing spe­cial praise to those who do­nated items for the Christ­mas ham­per raf­fles.

The club now takes a break be­fore run­ning its next com­pe­ti­tion, an overnighte­r, on Feb­ru­ary 2 and 3.

“Wish­ing you all a Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year, have a great time, and be safe wher­ever you go.”

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