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Presidents Report

Presidents Report

Hello all

I hope the fishing is going well and you are managing to get out at this busy time of the year with Xmas just around the corner.

Shelly Beach Family Fishing comp report.

The Shelly Beach family fishing comp was held on the 3rd of November and despite the weather we had a pretty good turn out with 68 entrees and some nice fish weighed in. The heaviest snapper was caught by Jason Delany at 3.84Kgs and taking out the Shelly beach trophy.

We also presented for the first time the Ken Monk trophy which was hand Carved by Kens friend and Montage staff member Fred Hodge and this was presented to one of our juniors Cormack Bentley with a Snapper weighing at 3.390. This trophy will be presented to one of our Small Fry or Junior anglers each year at shelly Beach.

We would also like to say a special thank you to Kens family and the team at Montage kitchens for providing the trophy and allowing the fishing club to honour Ken at the Shelly beach family comp as Ken has been a long time supporter of the fishing club.

We would also like to say thank you to Mike from Fullon Fishing for sponsoring the Small fry and Junior prizes and also thanks to all the other sponsors for there support with prizes which help make the prize pool very impressive.

Sponsors 

Fullon Fishing

Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Frankton Butchery

Adept Interiors Ltd

Salt Away

Driving Creek Railway

Pepper Tree Restaurant and Bar

Montage Kitchens

I would also like to thank the Tony Greene and the rest of the committee and there partners and families that helped out with organizing and running of this comp.

Club Rooms upgrades and tidy up

We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area.The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can.  It would be much appreciated. Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays.   We will have a BBQ  and free refreshments for all that turn up to help.

We have also been applying for grants to put in a Disabled Toilet and a ramp access to the clubrooms as well as paint and new lighting. We will keep you posted on how we get on with the grants.

Raglan One Base

The Raglan One Base dates are confirmed for the 28th February to 2nd March 2019

The Big Four Competition 2019

The Big Four Competition dates are confirmed for the 25th to the 27th April 2019.

Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge

We would like to thank Graham Hurbert the crew for sponsoring the Barbara Dawn Gurnard challenge and we look forward to seeing lots good size gurnard weighed in this season.

Please refer to this newsletter and the website for the rules and the prizes for this challenge.

Thanks,

Tony Thornton

Working Bee

We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area. The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can.  It would be much appreciated.  Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays.

We will have a BBQ  and free refreshments for all that turn up to help.

Fishing Reports

Raglan:

The best time of year to be fishing for big snapper out west is now! if you want some tips and techniques on how to catch the big one out west make sure you come along to our November club night and see how Graham Hubert does it!. Many great fish are being caught with alot of anglers entering that 20lb club, Good numbers of gurnard are around the shallower 20-30mtr mark, Kingfish at Gannet and the reefs are still fishing well, Jigging can be a bit hit or miss so its worth spending the time to catch livies.

Coromandel / Firth of Thames

Chasing workups is the current fashion trend out of Coro, fishing the edgeswith microjig and softplastics is producing a great bin of tasty snapper. King fish are also patrolling the edges so don’t be afraid to run a wider circle around the work up towing rapala’s or slow livebaits. The Mussel harvesting is in full swing so great time to get the young ones out for some exciting fishing in the mussel berley trail. Its hard to miss this time of year in the harvesting berley so keeps them interesting and keen for another trip on the water.

LegaSea Update

Report: LegaSea Governance and Advisory activity for the
period August – October 2018
For: New Zealand Sport Fishing Council club delegatee, Zone
meetings and AGM, October 2018
By: Sam Woolford and Louise O’Sullivan
Date: 24 October 2018
1. Supporter Engagement
a. Events. LegaSea presented at 12 events over this period including the Gisborne
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Presidents Report

Presidents Report

Hello fellow fishers.  I want to give you an update on what your new committee has been up to since being elected at the AGM.

Firstly we would like say congratulations to Bob Gutsell on his appointment as the newly elected president of the New Zealand Game Fishing Council and we would like to thank him coming back on the committee as his knowledge and experience has been invaluable with helping the new committee get up to speed with the workings of the club.

Manu Bay Boat Ramp update

Bob Gutsell and myself attended the Manu Bay Working Group on the 17th of September, along with the Raglan Sports Fishing Club as well as Iwi, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Manu Bay Board Riders Club and other interested parties. It was a very positive and interesting afternoon.

The options discussed on the day were:

  1. Do nothing and leave it as is.
  2. Just maintain the boat ramp by removing the rocks that end up on it.
  3. Removing the rocks placed in front of the wall that have created a ramp for water to go up and over the break wall.
  4. Build a concrete cap on top of the break wall to stop water going over the break wall.

By end of the day majority agreed that approaching Council to look at the feasibility of Option 3 was the preferred starting point. We are still waiting on the workshop notes to confirm the next actions.

Club Rooms upgrades and tidy up

We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area. The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can.  It would be much appreciated.  Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays. We will have a BBQ  and free refreshments for all that turn up to help. We have also been applying for grants to put in a Disabled Toilet and a ramp access to the clubrooms as well as paint and new lighting. We will keep you posted on how we get on with the grants.

Tournament Updates

We are all set for Shelly Beach family fishing comp on the 3rd November with Fullon Fishing as the main sponsor.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Snapper Kingi Classic

The Committee agreed there will be no Snapper /Kingi Classic in November this year due to conflict with many other tournaments on in November.

Raglan One Base

The Raglan One Base dates are confirmed for the 28th February to 2nd March 2019

The Big Four Competition 2019

The Big Four Competition dates are confirmed for the 25th to the 27th April 2019.

Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge

We would like to thank Graham Hurbert the crew for sponsoring the Barbara Dawn Gurnard challenge and we look forward to seeing lots good size gurnard weighed in this season.

Please refer to this newsletter and the website for the rules and the prizes for this challenge.

Thanks,

Tony Thornton

Fishing Reports

Raglan

This is the time of year to target large Snapper, They are aggressive on the bite and easy to get a good feed into the chilly bin, The snapper are currently around 60 meter mark, They should come in closer as the weeks go by, Gurnard are in good numbers in the shallows and up the harbour if you cannot get out wide. A rig with the bait sitting on the sand is best. The spring Kingfish are around Gannet and on the feed if you can get out at first or last light.

Thames / Coro

Workups is a good word to start this report with, The guys chasing these with Slow jigs and softbaits are catching some impressive snapper, The kahawai can be hard to get past so if you can drop the slow jig up current from the work up and drift through it you can avoid them and get onto the snapper! Fishing in the farms has been good, lots of boats getting a good feed and some very welcome by catches, Good Trevally and John Dory are floating around the farms so dont be afraid to change the your rig to suit.

Sponsor’s Profile

Each Month we are going to be posting a information paragraph from a Club Sponsor. Without our Sponsors we would not be able to run our great fishing tournaments / club nights. This Month we look at Carpet Mill Hamilton

Carpet Mill are proud to have opened their new showroom located at 79 Church Rd, Te Rapa in Hamilton. 

With Floorboards, Cermaix and Waikato Wardrobes joining in the move they are quickly becoming a one stop shop.Whether you are planing to build or renovate it is always best to start designing from the floor up. Feel free to call in and have a coffee with the team while they guide you through the showroom and all that they have to offer. Not only do they have the backing of Kevin Milne, our trusted fair go presenter, they come highly recommended by Consumer NZ. Carpet Mill is not only a flooring retailer, they manufacture their own leading range of quality carpets right here in Hamilton, this ensures you are buying direct from the manufacturer at the best price! Come check out the showroom today and experience all the team has to offer.

Working Bee at Club Rooms

We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area. The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can.  It would be much appreciated.  Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays.

We will have a BBQ  and free refreshments for all that turn up to help.

October Club Night

We will not be having a WSFC club night in October, Instead we will be attending the Fish City Fishing Seminar at Fish City Hamilton, We encourage you to come along for a great night, See you all there! Click here to book your place

 

Fish City Hamilton – Fishing Seminar

Join us at Fish City Hamilton for a Fishing seminar with brand partners Ocean Angler, Humminbird and Minn Kota!

Bookings are essential – Tickets are $25.00 and in return, you receive a $50.00 voucher to spend in-store on the evening!

Location: Fish City Hamilton
Time: Arrive 5.30pm Starting at 6pm
Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
Limited SPOTS for this exclusive evening!

Humminbird & Minn Kota Pro Staff member Lucas Allen will present some tips on getting the most Continue reading

Catch to Date – 30 September

FirstName FamilyName Species Weight Line Wt Date Land/Boatname MemberType
David Darby Barracouta 2.86 15 6/08/2018 Barbara Dawn Men
Renee Doig Barracouta 1.95 15 6/08/2018 Barbara Dawn Women
Frank Van Vroonhoven Bluenose 11.12 24 6/07/2018 Flying Dutchman Men
Renee Doig Gurnard 0.68 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Women
Troy Nicolson Gurnard 0.67 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Men
Kim McVinnie Kahawai 1.89 8 26/08/2018 Warlock Women
Troy Nicolson Kahawai 1.56 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Men
Renee Doig Kahawai 1.36 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Women
Mark Dingle Kahawai 1.3 15 7/07/2018 Men
Frank Van Vroonhoven Skipjack Tuna 2.2 24 1/07/2018 Flying Dutchman Men
Kane Delaney Snapper 8.164 4 15/09/2018 Tin Lizzy Junior
Renee Doig Snapper 2.93 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Women
Mark Dingle Snapper 1.51 15 7/07/2018 Men
David Darby Snapper 1.1 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Men
Todd Kerr Snapper 0.912 8 28/07/2018 C’s One Men
David Darby Trevally 1.144 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Men
Renee Doig Trevally 1.13 15 1/07/2018 Barbara Dawn Women
Frank Van Vroonhoven Yellowtail Kingfish 0 7/07/2018 Flying Dutchman Men

The Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge

The Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge

This is a Gurnard challenge for the 2018/2019 fishing year commencing on 22 September 2018 through to 30 June 2019.

The challenge is to encourage all Waikato Sport Fishing Club members to have safe family fun fishing out on the water. It is open to all 2018/19 members of the Waikato Sport Fishing Club (WSFC). The catch has to be recorded on a catch card and certified by a weigh master and caught under WSFC fishing rules.The catch card has to be provided to the WSFC catch officer by the 5 July 2019. The gurnard catch will be reported each month in the WSFC newsletter.

Barbara Dawn Challenge prizes will be awarded at the AGM.

The prizes are:

  1. $250 cash for heaviest gurnard plus the Gurnard Trophy
  2. A drawn prize from all the gurnards weighed for a $250 cash prize. For the drawn prize the angler must be present at the AGM.  If not present, there will be a redraw.

The prize money has donated by the crew of the Barbara Dawn ($400) and the WSFC ($100).

LegaSea Latest Article

Minister fails New Zealand’s fishery

The recreational advocacy group LegaSea is bitterly disappointed the Minister of Fisheries has deferred making decisive cuts to commercial catches of tarakihi on New Zealand’s east coast for at least another year. In October Stuart Nash will apply a 20% cut to the commercial catch, while LegaSea has been campaigning for a 65% reduction.

LegaSea spokesperson Scott Macindoe says the decision is a blow for the fishery.(1) There are fears that commercial interests will succeed in keeping the stock low to maintain jobs in an unproductive fishery.

“It’s a body blow for one of New Zealand’s best loved fish. The fishery has been on the downward Continue reading

Fishing Reports

Raglan

Barracuda is not the best word to start off a raglan report but yes they are a pain at the moment, The good numbers of snapper are sitting around 60-65 Meters but you may have to keep moving to get away from the Cuda, The snapper should stay at these depths until they spawn building up to the red hot fishing in November, If the weather is not playing ball don’t write off a day on the water all together, the rivermouths will be fishing well if the whitebait are running, this creates a roll on effect for a feeding frenzy, Whitebait = Jack macks = Kahawai = Snapper and Kingfish.

Firth Of Thames / Coro

The Fishing has been improving up the firth, Good numbers of fish being caught in the Waikawau Farms, The Ramp is a bit more tidal now so allow 1.5hours each side of low for launching depending on your boat size. Kingfish are everywhere around Coro still, so get those Rapalas out, Replace the rusty hooks and get them behind the boat around some foul ground. Livebaits are deadly but challenging to catch, Put the effort in and get the boat in a dark to get your livies as it will pay off with some awesome kingfish hook ups, I’ll leave the landing part to you!

September Club Night

This month we have the pleasure of hosting a very experienced Land based Fisho Robert Browning,

Robert has built himself a bit of a reputation / respect on the Facebook fishing community proving he knows his way around a surfcaster and your local beach, Hes a Local from the Waikato and a frequent visitor to the West coast harbours / beaches and isn’t afraid to show the young bucks how its done, He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Fish movements / Tides and Moons which will not only benefit your land based fishing, When was the last time you left the boat at home and targeted some nice snapper from the beach? You won’t want to miss this club night, Come down for a cold beer some good yarns and brushen up on your fishing skills from a Salty Sea Dog called Robert, Hes bringing his good friend Raj Irvine who is also a impressive angler,

When: 18th September, Starts 7:30pm (bar open 7pm)

Where: Waikato Sport Fishing Club, (Grantham Street Hamilton)’

Attendance and Club Membership Cash Draw on the night!