Rameka reaps re­ward af­ter four days on ten­ter­hooks

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

Dave Rameka han­dled a huge amount of pres­sure af­ter catch­ing the best snap­per on day one of the 2019 Nga¯i Takoto Snap­per Bo­nanza last Tues­day to take out the over­all win­ning prize of $30,000 at the fi­nal prize­giv­ing on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

The Far North-born, Auck­land-based an­gler ad­mit­ted the nerves got steadily worse as the week wore on and day af­ter tor­tur­ous day re­vealed he was still on top of the leader­board, edg­ing ever nearer the main prize while the ten­sion that he might be over­taken on the last day, the last minute even, kept ratch­et­ing up in ex­cru­ci­at­ing fash­ion.

“It was so much pres­sure,” said Rameka, in be­tween shar­ing sips from the big tro­phy with his brothers on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

“I was just try­ing to block it out, keep fish­ing so you


The top fish reeled in dur­ing the Nga¯ i Takoto Snap­per Bo­nanza last week were by Kane Wrig­glesworth (Fri­day’s win­ner), Izaak Bonner (Sat­ur­day), Tony Richards (Wed­nes­day) and Dave Rameka (day one, Tues­day, over­all win­ner).

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