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WSFC 2019 AGM & Prize Giving

The Waikato Sport Fishing Club invites all members, families and friends to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting and season prize giving on Sunday 8th September 2019.

2019 Annual General Meeting & Prize Giving

Sunday September 8th 2019
3.00pm at Club Rooms.

If you have any trophies in your possession, could you please return these asap to any Committee Member so we can prepare them for this year’s prizegiving.

Agenda:

2:30pm: Bar opens
3:00pm: AGM

• Welcome
• Apologies
• Minutes of previous AGM
• President’s Report
• Treasurer’s Report
• Financial Report

o 2018/19 Accounts
o 2019/20 Budget
o Auditors Report

• Election of Officers
• General Business

3:30pm: Junior Prize Giving
4:00pm: Snacks
4:30pm: Senior Prize Giving
6:15pm: Close

Kind Regards,
WSFC Committe

July 2019 sponsor profile – Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

https://www.shellybeachcoromandel.co.nz/

Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park has been a key sponsor of the Shelly Beach Family Fishing Tournament for 10 years!

Aaron and his family purchased the holiday park with 5 full time team members just over 18 months ago, previously Hamilton Based. They are currently working super hard on developing, improving and growing the park.

They pride there holiday park on being a family-friendly beachside holiday park 5 minutes north of Coromandel town. Perfect for holidays or weekend trips with the boat. Our TOP 10 catchphrase is “Making Memories” – which we believe holidays in park is something we do on a daily basis.

They have a range from tent or campervan sites, basic lodge room, motel units and our new glamping pods for all levels of pricing and options. In the park, we have boat parking, boat wash facilities, fish filleting station and a fish smoker. We welcome all Waikato Sport Fishing Club members – and enjoy having you annually for your Shelly Beach Fishing Tournament. 

A key achievement Aaron is proud of was saving the park from property developers when put up for auction in 2017. We have had steady growth and great feedback on the changes we have implemented by regular guests and new guests who have stayed with us since taking over the park.

Here’s some exciting news, which sounds awesome! Aaron recently introduced four beachside “glamping” pods that overlook the bay which are designed to be an affordable option for people that don’t want to tent when on holiday but not spend a couple of hundreds of dollars a night to look at the ocean. We imported them in flatpack format all the way from Lithuania. They were assembled in Hamilton then transport to Coromandel. 

Thanks Aaron and the team from Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park for their continued support of the Waikato Sport Fishing Club.

Club Memberships are now due for 2019-2020 season

It is time to renew your membership for the 2019/2020 year. Our fees are the same as last year.

Download a membership from by clicking here.

You can renew your membership by:

  • Email your membership form back to membership@waikatosportfishing.co.nz and make your payment by internet banking (put your last name and membership as the reference) to Bank Account: WSFC 03 – 0314 – 0250512 – 000
  • or post the form and your cheque to PO Box 9036, Hamilton 3240
  • or see us at our AGM on Sunday 8th September 2019 at our Club Rooms
Fees for 2019/2020
Adult   $40
Student and transitional adult Any one 16 to 21 years old $20
Junior 16 years and under as at 1 July 2019 $10
Family Fee 2 adults and up to 4 children 16 years and under as at 1 July 2019 $90

Your membership covers the period from when you pay to the fishing year of 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. Any fish caught during your membership period will be included in the club points for the fishing year.  Your membership also allows you to enter affiliated clubs fishing tournaments.

Mark on your fishing calendar our upcoming club events for this year:

  • Shelley Beach Family Fishing Weekend on the 2 November 2019
  • Raglan One Base on the 5- 7 March 2020
  • Big Four on the24-26 April 2020

Come along to our Club Nights, held on the 3rd Tuesday of selected months to hear a range of interesting speakers from the NZ fishing community and industry.  We will advertise the dates and speaker on our web page and facebook page.

Support the club by getting your friends and family to join our club.

Download a membership from by clicking here.

Memo from NZSFC regarding Southern Bluefin Tuna

Hello Clubs, Delegates and Committees

The southern bluefin tuna are turning up in numbers already and a number of clubs will be asked to weigh fish for members and non-members. Please encourage fishers to report and weigh their catch as this helps track the development of this fishery and provide better estimates of recreational landed catch.

LegaSea has produced a FishCare guide (attached) to help people keep landed bluefin in top condition or have the best chance of survival if they are released. As a result, more people are processing their fish at sea and these are not being weighed and recorded. It is important that the Council can report the total number of southern bluefin tuna caught by private fishers with some confidence.

When people bring fish in, we need weigh masters to ask fishers for the number of SBT caught but not weighed that trip. This can be recorded as a comment on a weigh sheet or a separate record with the estimated weight or measured length, date and boat name (to ensure they are not double counted). There may not be many, but at least we can answer the question about what we have done to record unweighed fish.

If you hear of other boats with unweighed fish that don’t come to the club, this would also be worth recording. Please ensure that someone is responsible for keeping track of these reports. John Holdsworth will be asking clubs for their catch records and unweighed data in mid-August.

For all non-weighed fish, we ask that people complete a catch card with a length measurement only then return that catch card to their club, as they would for a weighed catch, for recording purposes.

Some people have been asking about the catch of Pacific bluefin at this time of year. Attached is a bluefin tuna ID Guide for the club and weighmasters.

Thanks for your help with this
Regards

Bob Gutsell
President
New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Hall Working Bee

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Calling all members and family to lend a hand at our Club Room working bee to give it a quick spruce up.

This will be on Sunday 25th August 2019 from 9 am.

If you’re available flick a committee member a message, we would love as many hands on deck!!

Note from Waihau Bay Club re Bluefin

Bluefin turned up at Waihau Bay today and please take note of the following request from Waihau Bay Club:

“If you are coming to Waihau Bay to fish for SBT please remember to show respect at all times. Keep the road clear for local traffic to get to the shop and Lodge. Do not dump any offal. Weighmasters will be able to help you if possible. Remember the allowance of one fish per person.”

WSFC 2019 AGM & Prize Giving

The Waikato Sport Fishing Club invites all members, families and friends to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting and season prize giving on Sunday 8th September 2019.

This will be hosted at our Club Rooms on Grantham Street, Hamilton.

Mark this date in your calendar, more details to come shortly.

Kind Regards,
WSFC Committee

Will you be a LegaSea Legend?

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Kia Ora Friend,

Recently we emailed you to let you know about the relaunch of our LegaSea Legends programme at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

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LegaSea is committed to rebuilding our fishery and we are campaigning for:

  1. A ban on trawling and dredging in inshore waters.
  2. A comprehensive, independent review of the Quota Management System.
  3. Stopping senseless waste by commercial fishing.
  4. Respect and maximum utilisation of any fish harvested.

Continue reading

June 2019 sponsor profile – SIMRAD

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SIMRAD have been a proud sponsor of the WSFC for a number of years now, in particular supporting the Raglan One Base Tournament.So, a little information about SIMRAD:

Simrad Yachting develops, manufactures and distributes navigation systems, autopilots, marine VHF radios, chart plotters, echo sounders, radars, fish finders and a wide range of other marine technology.

The Simrad name has been in existence for over sixty years. The brand was established in 1947 by Willy Christian Simonsen, who set up his own wireless company called Simonsen Radio. Initially, he focused on the production of radio communications for fishing vessels but a few years later coined the name Simrad to encompass a wider range of activities – namely the design and manufacture of navigation, communication, auto-steering and fish-finding technologies.

We employ over 2,500 team members worldwide, with a team based in New Zealand.

Over the years we have had some key achievements like we developed the award-winning HALOTM Pulse Compression Radar technology and StructureScan® 3D sonar technology for fish finding. These two breakthrough technologies have changed the way we find fish and navigate.

For more information on the SIMRAD product range please visit their website – https://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-nz/

LegaSea joins call to save “kauri forests of our ocean”

LegaSea, as part of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling the government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts and other ecologically sensitive areas.

The Coalition, that includes ECO, Forest and Bird, Greenpeace, LegaSea and WWF-New Zealand, is urging the public to sign a petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, and the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. The groups argue that Aotearoa’s antiquated legislation on bottom trawling lags behind the rest of the world.

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Ancient coral and deep water species are being destroyed by deep sea trawling. See more here.

Bottom trawling is one of the most damaging forms of fishing and can destroy entire underwater ecosystems, which, as evidence suggests, may never recover. It happens when a huge, weighted net is dragged along the sea floor, leaving destruction in its wake. The catch can include ancient coral forest and a multitude of non-target species.

Sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/nz-government-stop-the-fishing-industry-destroying-ancient-coral-forests

Watch the the video here:

https://legasea.co.nz/2019/05/15/joint-effort-to-save-kauri-forests-of-our-ocean/