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AGM & Season Prize-giving – Dinner Menu & RSVP

2017 Annual General Meeting & Prize Giving

To be held at the WSFC Clubrooms, Grantham St, Hamilton
5:30 pm, Saturday 12th August 2017

Meals (subsidised by the club):
– Adults and big kids – $15/person
– Child 10 years and under – $10/child

Dinner menu attached below.

Please notify of any special dietry requirements by  Friday 4th August 2017

Please RSVP or submit Apologies to by Wednesday 9th August 2017

Club reports will be published prior to the AGM. We are awaiting the Auditors report.

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Old Man Of The Sea” Trophy Nominations

Each Year at our AGM in August we award the “Man of the Sea” Trophy, We are currently looking for nominations for this award,

This goes to some-one who has overcome a huge fight to land a fish. This could be a ‘fish of the life time’, eg a Club, NZ or World record. It could be a Marlin or Bluefin taking several hours to boat or tag – where it was touch and go whether the angler or fish tired first. Or a rod breaking with the angler landing the fish by hand. The Nominations will be considered by the Committee and the Winner will be announced at the August 2017 AGM & Prizegiving, For a nomination form email me at or give our club President Roger a call on 027 490 2771

Current Lines

Current Lines – May 2017 Issue 1

In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lions sleep tonight, let’s hope the mighty All Blacks put them to the sword as per below.
178.3kg sword just weighed in at Gisborne, caught by Colin Kerr from Discount fishing. Fat as! Hopefully a few more to come this winter 7/5/17.
Marsden Cove Fishing Club –  Late weigh in at the club. Members Mike Furlong and David Walker with Snapper tipping the scales at 8.24 and 5.52kg respectively. Mike’s fish is the new heaviest for the season.

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Fishing Reports

Raglan Report:

The west coast is still fishing well, Might have to take a swandri and beanie to keep warm but once the fog lifts and you’ve lost the feeling in your toes its time to hook into some good numbers of snapper, Plenty of kahawai schools around at the moment so if you pick up a few of them first the snapper can resist a fresh slap of them, Even though the fish are being caught in 57m there are good fish at your feet before heading out wide, 8-20meters is fishing hot with good gurnard making an appearance also. Black Rock is fishing well with Club member Graham Hurbert sending in these photos from two different trips, Crew member Renee Doig caught this 8.32kg beauty snapper in 10m at blackrock, she also topped the day off with a 12lb & 14lb snapper. renee snapper april 2017 003

On another trip crew member Matt Shaw got this impressive snapper back at black rock, Thanks for the report and photos Graham, Looks like the Vessel Barbara Dawn has been doing a great job getting to the fish.Matt Shaws Snapper and Buttons and Bow March 2016 010

Firth/Coromandel Report:

Kingfish great to target this time of year, grab yourself a few rapala’s and tow them around the coro islands and structure, This did the damage on a few kingfish weighed in our Fish City Big Four Comp, They are present in the farms but hard to entice a bite, even turning their nose to some nicely presented live baits. The farms are producing good numbers of snapper once you find them, This time of year if your not onto them in 20mins its worth unhooking from he mussel float and trying a different spot in the farms,  Natural colored softbait’s are working well with the crazy-leg style baits with lots of movement working belt, If you are the traditional bait angler then squid or mullet seem to be bringing in the bigger fish but bonito working well if you just want to grab your 7 pannie snapper, East coast of coromandel has been fishing well around 30mtr on the drift.

Waihi / Tauranga Report:

If you find a gap in the weather and have the boat to do the distance then plate island is the place to head, Kingfish are hot on the bite taking jigs and stickbaits, Try for some fresh bait and a big strayline rig with burley are bringing the Kelpy snapper out for a feed. Gurnard are heating up along Matakana Island, Which would be my first pick for a date with the hot pan and some butter. The harbour has been a touch quiet but always worth dragging the net for a feed of flounder or mullet.


Recipe Of The Month

Since the Albacore have turned up I thought this Sashimi Recipe would be appropriate,

Trevally works great also. bleeding your fish when caught is a must

  1. Thinly sliced your boneless freshfish fillets, Coat/roll these slices in sesame seeds,
  2. In a dipping bowl add soy sauce, The juice from one lime, teaspoon of sesame oil, mix together, Can also add honey to sweeten up if preferred
  3. Serve fresh with a side of pickled ginger and Wasabi for the brave.



Waikawau Ramp Status

Recent heavy rain down pours have damaged the Waikawau boat ramp which gives access into the firth of Thames.

Dredging has commenced this week, but is not yet complete.  If you are looking at going out for a fish in the coming weeks please allow at least a couple of hours either side of low tide to ensure you get in and out, but preferably wait until the dredging is complete. There are still many rocks / banks in the main channel path. Take care to prevent Boat / Outboard damage.

March 17 newsletter

Slade’s First Marlin

WSFC Member Slade Kerr caught his first Marlin off Raglan this season! All from a FC430, Well Done Mate! Here’s his story:


We had a bit of a late start to the morning not getting on the water till about 12:30, we dropped the gear at about the 35 meter mark around 1 o’clock. We trolled out to roughly the 50 meter mark with no signs of life, we pulled the gear and made the run in to 30 meters off Ruapuke, where we had some action last year. We caught a couple of kahawai for livies. We proceeded to tow them around where we had marked some massive schools of bait on the sounder. After having 3 livies chopped off by a small Mako we trolled another couple of livies to where we had seen a few gannets hanging around.Wtrolled the kahawai around then started heading back to where the shark had been. We stopped to re-fuel & just as we start moving again both the livies start to get a bit amped up. One of the riggers pop and the line lazily starts to come off the reel, it pulls about 20 meters off before we put the drag up and the weight slowly comes on and another 10 meters slowly trickles out. Now we’re convinced that it’s a shark because of the lazy take. Then a strange looking fin followed by a stick breaks the water and a lot of yelling starts as a marlin shakeits head 30 meters away. I just keep winding steadily gaining line then the marlin comes up about 10 meters away shaking its head. It just glides up next to the boat and the gaff goes in at the three and a half minute mark, the fish proceeds to tow us around the ocean for a few minutes before it tears the gaff out pulling about 20 meters off. We reel it back to the boat where the gaff goes back in & we get a tail rope on. We drag the beast over the side of the boat & have it lying on the deck after 12 minutes from hook up. Back at the WSFC weigh station in Raglan the fish drags the scales down to 96kgs on 24 from the FC430.