Rameka reaps reward after four days on tenterhooks
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
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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).