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WSFC General Club News

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.

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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/

Legasea – You cannot be serious

Dear Friend

LegaSea appreciates your willingness to stay abreast of the issues affecting our taonga, our marine treasures. This month we want to give you an insight into our latest work, and signal what’s coming our way over the next few years.

The Ministry’s latest proposals, the Fisheries Change Programme, has quota shareholders licking their lips in anticipation of fewer regulations, no minimum size limits for the fish they take, and quota increases.

We do not want more dead fish. In March we sent MPI a submission advocating that closing inshore areas to trawling and seining would be a good start. A closure would be simple to enforce and would help protect spawning and juvenile fish and habitats.

In addition, we encourage you to review the latest news from our FishCare team. Thanks also for your recent feedback, keep it coming.

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Worried you won’t get the Big Four bag?

Worried you won’t get the big four bag?  But you may score one of our other greats prizes!

Heres what on offer…

  • Big Four – Adult $1000 cash
  • 2nd biggest bag – Adult $250 cash
  • 3rd biggest bag – Adult $150 cash
  • Big Four – Junior $500 cash
  • 2nd biggest bag – Junior $150 cash
  • 3rd biggest bag – Junior $100 cash
  • Species prizes of:
  • Snapper – 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for Men, Women and Junior
  • Kingfish – 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for Men, Women and Junior  
  • Trevally – 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for Men, Women and Junior 
  • Kawhawi – 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for Men, Women and Junior    
  • Average weight Snapper $250 cash
  • Average weight Kingfish $250 cash
  • Five spot prizes of $100 cash
  • Plus spot prizes of product.

New NZSFC Records

Hello Clubs

Please see below the list of updates of new records approved.
Carolyn Greenhalgh

Skipjack tuna, 14.35kg on 6kg line, caught Bay of Islands on 30/06/18. Women’s world record and NZ women’s record on 6kg.

Georgia Roberts

Southern bluefin tuna, 101.60kg on 37kg line, Waihau Bay on 07/06/18. Smallfry girl’s world record and NZ women’s and smallfry girls  record on 37kg.

Phil Roycroft

Southern bluefin tuna, 155.10kg on 37kg line, Waihau Bay on 06/07/19. Men’s World record and NZ 37kg line class record.

Marlin Candy

Tope shark, 26.12kg on 15kg line, Whangaroa on 09/10/18. Smallfry Boy’s world record and NZ smallfry boys AND Men’s 15kg line class records as well.

Zac Cameron

Snapper, 13.24kg on 15kg line. Junior Men’s world record but NOT a NZ record….world record only.

The following are NZ records.

Charlie Rowe, Blue marlin 209.00kg on 24kg, 03/01/19 Whangaroa, Smallfry Boy 24kg line class.

Scott Godfrey, Bass 29.80kg on 37kg, 06/03/19 North Cape. Junior Boy’s 37kg line class.

Nathanael Brown, Albacore 13.01kg on 37kg, 11/01/19 Mercury Bay. Junior Boy’s 37kg line class.

Brooke Olivia Laws, Bass 5.56kg on 37kg, Raglan on 16/12/18. Smallfry Girl’s 37kg line class.

Miller Varney, Mahimahi 14.84kg on 37kg, Tutukaka on 16/03/19. Junior Boy’s 37kg line class.

These records will be updated on the webpage shortly.

Regards

Helen Pastor
Administration
NZ Sport Fishing Council

Current Lines March – Issue 2

– by Paul Batten

Gamefishing this year is a bit like a 4 non-blondes’ song: “And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high, and I Scream from the top of my lungs
What’s going on?”

Ahipara Gamefish Club Inc. Legend Fisho, Julian Peters, landed a massive Kingfish. Weighed in at 30.5kg. Heaviest for Senior member so far this Season. Also, son Asher has the heaviest Kingfish and Snapper for Season for Juniors. Congrats to father and son! Also, the girls are killing it this season! Greer Carey pulled in this 126kg beauty on Nick of Time with skipper Corey Petera. Fantastic effort on her first marlin!

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) is with Zac Holmberg. ·Huge congratulations to team ELEVAR. Beauty of a shortbill spearfish to Junior angler Ezra Keenan. Caught in grid Port of Tauranga on 24 kg. A pending NZ & world record, it Weighed 34.5 kg. Also weighed a nice striped marlin to Matt Keenan same grid weighed 135.6. Awesome guys

Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFC  “C CRAZY” HAS A CRACKER ON THE WEST COAST – 183.2 KG BLUE (on 24KG TACKLE) AND A T&R STRIPEY! Well Saturday was the day for Pete Jackson and Dez Meinhold on “C CRAZY”… Heading out for an over nighter, the boys never got there. First up they tagged a nice stripey and then not long after hooked into a solid blue which they landed AFTER A 6.5 HOUR FIGHT and subsequently came in to weigh at Little Huia pulling the scales down to 183.2 KG.

Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (Inc) March 17 ·Zane Grey International Billfish Tournament results: Winning team with 1950 points, Nammu. Runner-up team also with 1950 points, Endeavour. Angler most tagged points went to Rod onboard Nammu with 1300 points. Heaviest Billfish – Mark’s 147.8kg Blue Marlin onboard Anchorage. 2nd Heaviest Billfish – Leighton’s 128.2kg Striped Marlin onboard Defiance.

Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club March 20  An update on the courtesy broadbill weighed in this afternoon. The broadbill was landed off Blackhead in 800 metres by Sam Christiansen onboard Optimum weighing 199.4kg. Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club 4 hrs ·3 pin albies caught in hb coastguard and 2 pin yellowfin 48.8 and 42.2 caught in mtf finance Napier

Mack Peach‎ to NZ BIG GAME FISHING March 19  Managed to drag this 170.6kg horse off a bait ball to get a bite and boat it on the Asalt out west during another great Counties Classic comp. Great times and a fish that will feed plenty.

Warkworth Gamefish Club inc March 19 ·A few lovely snapper for the younger members in our club. A great 7.29kg snapper for 6-year-old Karson aboard Bloodline and a 79cm 8.55kg snapper for Junior Oliver Adams aboard Blue Wazoo. Oliver’s fish took out the junior section in the leigh fishing comp and would have placed second overall in the senior section. Well done boys!

Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club (Inc) March 18 ·Our last fish on 15th March was a blue marlin, for Mark Morse on Anchorage who caught it on a Lumo Sprocket on 24kg line. Next day, junior angler Mikayla Binns on dad’s launch Born to Run, caught the heaviest mahimahi so far for the season, weighing 12.1kg, from behind Flat island, with a Kilwell Pacific Lure. (17th), we had 2 stripys at the weigh-station. One for Richard Clarkson on charter boat Cascade, weighing 161.6kg at North Cape, just before sunset, with a lure. The other stripy was caught in 140m back of the Cavallis for Jac Jongenelen on another charter boat; Gladiator. It was 92.3kg caught on a Ghost RG2 lure.
A pile of weigh-sheets come in from a trip to North Cape for Mataitai. They caught 3 yellowfin, a stripy and 3 blue marlin for the owner/angler Matt Gilligan, and Dennis Daly. Well done John.

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) March 17 ·The run of amazing Striped Marlin continues! Congratulations to Trudi Batson today weighing a 170.9kg caught on 24kg off Crows Nest in Tarpaulin Makers BOP sponsors grid!

Muriwai Sports Fishing Club is with Stanley Tracey Phillips. ·The team on out west getting amongst some very nice yellowfin today. Anna Steel’s one was 71kg and Conner Hunt’s went 64.7kg, both caught on #redgilllures. Conner’s fish was caught on a lure called the mrs, a new skirt design his mum Tracey had come up with.

New Plymouth Sport Fishing and Underwater Club Well done to the Ken and the crew off Wai Kiore – 129kg marlin to Nathan Vile. There have been 4 mahi mahi caught this weekend and a couple of broadbill dropped (one close to the boat).

Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club March 13 ·2019 One Base Lucky angler ‘Last Person Standing’ prize. You don’t have to fish to be part of the lucky draws each night but you do have to buy a ticket to be in to win and you must be in the clubrooms if your name is called out. Go to www.sportfisher.nz to enter or enter at the club bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Wishing all those fishing this year’s Onebase tight lines and screaming reels.

Pelagic Research Network March 11 Shortbill spearfish are one of the most elusive billfishes and some exciting new research has shed new light on the species. The researchers tracked 6 shortbill spearfish around the Hawaiian Islands for a two-month period, and while the fish didn’t move a huge distance, they did exhibit unique foraging behaviour. The shortbill dove during the night time to feed and stayed surface oriented during the day. This is very different to other billfishes which generally dive during the day to forage when light and temperature penetrate deeper into the water column. https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/arti…/pii/S0165783619300700…

Twenty-five years I’m alive here still, trying to get up that great big hill of hope, for a destination. Oh where to catch a marlin.