Plenty of hams to go round af­ter fi­nale fizzer

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

The fi­nal field day on the 90 Mile Beach Surfcastin­g Club’s 2018 pro­gramme ear­lier this month turned out to be a bit of a fizzer in one way with the 52 an­glers who took part weigh­ing in a to­tal of eight fish: one snap­per, two trevally and six ka­hawai.

The high note of the event on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, was that it was dou­bled as the club’s an­nual sea­son-end­ing Pic­nic Day, which saw hams given away as prizes to the top 10 placeget­ters as well as the hag­gle and raf­fle win­ners.

The only snap­per caught came in at 4.28kg and won 1st prize for Dan Lloyd. Event spokesman Jack Rogers noted Lloyd had been con­sis­tently pro­duc­ing snap­per this sea­son “when the go­ing gets tough”. Run­ner-up Ben Waaka weighed in the heav­i­est trevally at 2.68kg while 3rd place for heav­i­est ka­hawai went to Stephen Heka’s 2.23kg fish.

Other prizewin­ners were, Betty Whangapiri­ta 1.39kg trevally 4 (4th), ju­nior Mekhi Heka 1.95kg ka­hawai 5, Jo Arthur 1.44kg ka­hawai 6, Dave Hal­lett 1.17kg ka­hawai 7, and Jack Rogers 0.98kg ka­hawai 8. The 9th and 10th prize hams were done as lucky draws for those an­glers who did not weigh in any fish and went to Izaac Coe and Lo­gan Craig.

Else­where, the ham raf­fle was also won by Dan Lloyd who kindly do­nated it to his twin brother, Dave; while the hag­gle of a 1.95kg ka­hawai was taken out by ju­nior an­gler Mekhi Heka for his 1.95kg ka­hawai (earn­ing an­other ham). The club com­mit­tee also or­gan­ised a pic­nic lun­cheon of a spit roast, sal­ads and dessert and the chil­dren were treated to an ap­pear­ance by Santa Claus bear­ing gifts.

A very en­joy­able so­cial af­ter­noon was had by all and on be­half of the club mem­bers, Rogers thanked the com­mit­tee and the Rogers whanau at Waipa­pakauri Ramp for the great set­ting which has now be­come the club’s base.

The best an­glers of the year were also ac­knowl­edged with Gareth McKen­zie claim­ing the top hon­our af­ter be­ing named the new King of 90 Mile Beach with 5873 points (pos­si­bly the high­est tally in club his­tory) fol­lowed by Matt Becker with 5230 points and Dan Lloyd 3rd with 4598 points.

Other ti­tles went to Keri Hokai, crowned Queen of 90 Mile Beach with 1291 points, with Jo Arthur run­ner-up on 1082 points and Ur­sula Wil­liams third 677 points; Mekhi Heka Ju­nior of 90 Mile Beach ti­tle with 1725 points, fol­lowed by Os­car Par­lour 1416 points and brother Daithi 3rd with 1164 points.

The next field day rep­re­sent­ing the start of a new points/ fish­ing year will be a 24-hour overnighte­r on Jan­u­ary 19 and 20. Fish­ing in the Rogers Mo­tors and Riders Sports Field Day will be from 12 noon Satur­day to 12 noon Sun­day, and will fea­ture mys­tery weight fish prize.

In the in­terim, the club com­mit­tee wished all the mem­bers, their fam­i­lies and the var­i­ous gen­er­ous spon­sors a very happy Christ­mas, and a safe and pros­per­ous 2019.

“See you mem­bers on the 19th!”

■ More fish­ing news in­side.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Ninety Mile Beach sur­f­cast­ers Jack Rogers, Stephen Heka, Jo Arthur, Dan Lloyd, Lo­gan Craig, Izaac Coe, Betty Whangapiri­ta, Mikhe Heka, Ben Waaka and Dave Hal­lett show the fish caught dur­ing their last field day of 2018 ear­lier this month.

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