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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

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.”

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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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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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.

Current Lines March – Issue 1

– by Paul Batten

Monday 18th March 2019

Firstly sorry to Crosby, Stills & Nash for butchering their great song;

“Got out of town on a boat goin’ to Southern Tuna waters, 
Trolling a reach before a followin’ sea, She was makin’ for the Knowles on the outside
And the downhill run to Whanga ma ta.”

Whakatane Sport Fishing Club N.Z March 8 at 12:35 PM  Results from the 2019 Bizzy Buddyz Annual Ladies Tournament. Well done to all the lady anglers, skippers and deckies who made this tournament a great one!

Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (Inc) 1 hr  Wow what an incredible tournament the Mainstream Reel Ladies was, and it is, all thanks to you ladies for coming to fish it. Congratulations to all our prize winners, the results were as follows: Top Team most points: Defiance, click the title link to see the full results.

Waihau Bay – angler Craig Braithwaite landed an 86.2kg Big Eye Tuna off the fizz boat “B-CAUS” caught on 37kg line in sponsors grid AA Smart Fuel. This fish was caught on 10-03-2019.

Whangamata Ocean Sports Club 10 hrs · check out the date on this one, or follow the link and see the photo. Well where do we start from yesterday, how about this awesome Black Marlin 
DATE: 9.9.19, ANGLER: Mike Stevens, SPECIES: Black Marlin, WEIGHT: 107.8kgs, TACKLE: 24kg, BOAT: Lara, SKIPPER: Mike Stevens, GRID: Unknown (if you do please let me know!) We don’t see many of these so well done!

Ocean-Spirit Fishing Charters is attending Warren Hay Marine & Shimano Tutukaka Small Boats Fishing Tourny at Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club4 hrs · Northland · Bloody top effort team!!! They didn’t take out the win missing it by 200grams CONGRATULATIONS to Lars Christensen, but did get first place tagged marlin section; 2nd place team most points over all.  Annette’s tally for three days fishing this week; *3 Striped Marlin (1 T/Y), *4 Mako Sharks T/R & *1 Hammerhead Shark T/R. what a week.

Bowentown Boating and Sport Fishing Club Yesterday at 3:06 PM  Congratulations Sam Morton!. 140.6kg striped marlin caught this morning on the vessel “Take it to the Limit”

Your Solutions MegaFish March 8 at 10:26 AM Hawkes Bay SFC Member, Brent Hogg getting it done at the Tauranga One Base onboard Valhalla with a 171.6kg Stripey. Also, on day one, a 300kg Blue was landed.

Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFC March 6 at 11:38 PM MARINE DEALS WESTCOASTER 2019, Over the 1st – 2nd of March, 85 crews came together to fish the Marine Deals Westcoaster out at Little Huia and this year was another successful tournament organised by the MSFC. Firstly, a big shout out to all of the volunteers and sponsors who make this tournament what it is. The Lynch family especially put their heart and soul into this tournament and the club in general – your efforts are not unnoticed and are much appreciated. The list of people involved goes on – THANK YOU TO YOU ALL! Follow the link for the whole story

Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFC March 6 at 6:53 PM ”REEL SCREAMER” WEIGHS 197 KG BLUE MARLIN OFF THE MANUKAU, Congratulations to angler Ken Poulton and Mark Sokolich on the wheel who landed this blue wide of the Manukau bar today.

Waihau Bay Sport Fishing Club March 5 at 4:28 PM ·Still some good catches happening. Here are some highlights; 30.2 Shortbill for Mat Cave fishing on Fred in Erin Dickson- Coastal Sales Expert- Harcourts Opotiki, Runaway Kat with a nice blue for Aidan Teesdale caught in Height 4 Hire, Over the last few days four striped marlin have been caught and five blues in AA Smartfuel Top Catch Takapuna Erin Dickson- Coastal Sales Expert- Harcourts Opotiki Top Catch

Counties Sport Fishing Club March 4 at 9:05 AM ·Fish ‘n Chicks was another successful event thanks to the hard working ladies behind the scenes. The coast was quite lumpy by late morning, with many crews choosing to head back inside the Harbour in search of a more comfortable fishing spot. Some of those to brave the conditions out wide were well rewarded; Caitlin Hunt on “the Tinne” T&R a nice Stripey and Tracey Burns on ‘Barmaid’ weighing one at 118.2Kg.

Muriwai Sports Fishing Club is with Susan PotierMarch 3 at 11:55 AM Club members getting amongst it. Congratulations team Tasman fishing the Whangaroa ladies comp on “Back in black”. Winning the tournament as well as the Calcutta. Debbie Green was the angler with a nice 119.9kg stripey.

Current Lines January 2019 #2

– by Paul Batten

Baby, I’m tired of toeing the line”. Whoa who said that, I haven’t even got a line wet! Huh wishful thinking I think not!

 WOW !! What a start to the 2019 Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club’s tournament season! A grand total of 75 Junior and Small Fry anglers joined the Arthurs Emporium Tutukaka Junior Tournament on 12th & 13th January.  Boy did the Kids show us all how it’s done – with new records galore; and an awesome overall tally of 5 tagged Yellowtail Kingfish, 15 tagged Shark (including 1 Bronzewhaler, 3 Blue and 11 Mako Shark), 6 Shortbill Spearfish, 2 landed Striped Marlin, 2 tagged Striped Marlin and 2 landed Blue Marlin;  not to mention the “drops” and the fish that unfortunately did not qualify for the tournament.

 FANTASTIC EFFORT!! Congratulations to Madison Ross!! Fishing on GPS in the Arthurs Emporium Tutukaka Junior Tournament; Madison landed a mighty Blue Marlin weighing in at 302kg on just 15kg line – a pending Junior Club, NZ & World Record and a pending Women’s World record fish. Madison took home an Apple Iphone8+ so kindly donated by Arthurs Emporium and was also awarded the Barbara & Fred Cotterill Trophy for the most meritorious catch!! Awesome effort Madi!

 Well done to Kurtis Bot in the Arthurs Emporium Tutukaka Junior Tournament. Fishing on GPS; Kurtis landed a nice 97kg Striped marlin and a Shortbill Spearfish weighing in at 17.8kg – a pending Junior Club record on 15kg line. The tag and release Marlin section was won jointly by Junior Anglers Jacob Lowther fishing on Ngaio and Layne Collinson on Ikanui – each tagging one Striped Marlin.

Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club  Some very excited guys on vessel Hook Em Up. Congratulations on your amazing fish. Angler Daniel Kelly fishing aboard the “Hook Em Up” hooked a big eye tuna weighing 73.66kg caught on 37kg line.  Also Congratulations to Nathanael Brown on his pending Junior Record for club and NZ.  He caught an Albacore weighing in at 13.01kg caught on 37kg line aboard the “Seaquil.

Counties Sport Fishing Club  Well done to Kelly Littlewood, 16 kg shortbill north of cape Brett

Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (Inc) Congratulations to angler Ian and the Hook n Bull team – 312kg!

Whakatane Sport Fishing Club N.Z  A nice 24kg Shortbill Spearfish was caught on the 28th December, angler Dennis Davey aboard his boat L.A. caught in Sponsors Grid Simplex Electrical. Congrats Dennis.

Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club (Inc) A striped marlin has just been boated by Kuri II who are also in the DTF Lures marlin jackpot. Ann Candy has weighed in a striped marlin of 99kg from Kuri II. She has won the DTF Lures Marlin Jackpot. She used a Ghost lure at the Garden Patch and the fish struck three times before it stuck! Brian and Ann report 22 degrees water out there, but no skippies, but they did see a huge manta ray. There will be a presentation for them at the clubrooms at 7pm on Friday evening.

 Mount Maunganui, Good fishing recently for large snapper and trevally on the light line classes, bodes well for the Nationals in 8 weeks’ time. Recent trevally record claim by Hayden Speed with a magnificent 4.866kg fish caught on 8kg line, 60.8 points if caught in the nationals. Dad, not to be shown up, caught his 5.546kg trevally on 6kg line, 92.43 points and possibly a line class champion for both anglers.

Clevedon Game Fishing Club – Anne Sharples, a staunch member of the Clevedon Game Fishing Club went out and smashed their club record by weighing her 10.30kg snapper caught on 2kg line.  This is also a pending NZ record line class claim. This fish would have scored in the Nationals 515 points and a possible line class champion, interclub snapper trophy, big kudos for the angler, team and club.  Well done Anne. 

 Reminder Tag card report – please include the entire alpha-numeric sequence to aid recording, e.g. H12345

Hokianga Big Game and Sports Fishing Club Inc  Just so all our members know the Opononi Garage has now re opened under new owners and the fuel is way cheaper than before.

News from Houhora – Love it or hate it – the gate is up, and it is already proving an asset for those boaties launching and retrieving at the club jetty. For those heading up this way for the holidays, you will need GOLD coins. Cost $5 per launch & $5 per retrieval, No eftpos available! · To pick up tag please contact the club, 09 4097 7755 or email: fish.houhora@xtra.co.nz. Casual users: Will need to insert $5 in coins to open the barrier arm, no change is given. (Gold coins only) There is no charge to exit the ramp and wharf area, the arm will open automatically when leaving these areas. BE AWARE SECURITY CAMERAS ARE IN OPERATION AT ALL TIMES.

2019 sees the running of the 47th NZSFC NATIONALS, (the last international was 1972 with this event morphing into the Nationals that we know today); the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council National Tournament, which starts on the 16th of February and ends on the 23rd of February 2019.  Entry forms and rules are available on the NZSFC webpage.  Just click the following link

www.nzsportfishing.co.nz/our-events/2019-nationals

The Tournament runs a point system which gives anglers the opportunity to fish for line weight records and tag and release. The tournament starts with most anglers registering and attending a briefing at their Clubs before the tournament, then they’re off with some choosing to do multiple day trips in trailer boats from various ports depending on the results available each evening, while larger boats will disappear for up to the entire eight days until they have a fish to weigh. Anglers of all ages fish hard for 8 days for 32 National Trophies for teams and individual anglers. Mate versus mate, team versus team and club against club. It’s an amazing week of Fishing in New Zealand which results in some outstanding captures and New Zealand records.    

 A reminder from MPI Fisheries a ban on gathering shell fish in the Bay of Islands in the area from Cape Brett to Cape Wikiwiki to the north, and we issued a public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested from parts of Northland. That area has now been extended. The warning is now in place from North Cape (Outo), down to Cape Karikari (Whakapouaka). It includes Parengarenga, Houhoura and Rangaunu Harbours. Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness. For more information, visit our website: www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-re…/…/shellfish-biotoxin-alerts/…

Tight lines and Carpe` diem.

Current Lines January 2019

– by Paul Batten Current Lines Editor

Monday 7th January 2019

I was walkin’ down the street Concentratin’ on truckin’ right, 
heard a dark voice beside of me And I looked round in a state of fright.
I saw four faces one mad A brother from the gutter They looked me up and down a bit And turned to each other. I say….
 I don’t like cricket oh no, I love it. I don’t like cricket no no I love it. 
Don’t you walk thru my words You got to show some respect. Yeah to Trent Bolt, best bowling  versus Pakistan, on NZ soil. 

A great way to start the season, now the wind is playing ball.  The blue type links to facebook pages; click and like them to get the news first hand, or you can read it here!

Ahipara Gamefish Club Inc.  2018/19 Season30 mins Courtesy weigh for Rory Roberson from Muriwai club this afternoon. First one at the weigh station this season. A massive 127kg off Ahipara. These guys have set the bar for marlin this summer. Let’s get into it AGC.
 
Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club Best workup up seen for a long time at 122 metres behind the Shallow Patch, water 19.2 degrees, colour not great. Hundreds of gannets spread far and wide, outnumbering the dolphins. This clip just a small piece of the action seen today. However, nothing was to be pulled from it, still a magnificent spectacle to watch. Good to see no seiners.
 
Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club (Inc) we weighed in a striped marlin of 114.4kg yesterday, caught by Kimberly Diehl on 24kg from “Reel Warrior” at the Garden Patch. Barry Plumpton from Warkworth GFC was out wide back of  Stevies, and caught a bigeye tuna of 56.7kg, from the launch “X-cellerate”.
 
Terry Semmens to NZ BIG GAME FISHING Released a stripe Marlin in 120m off ocean beach yesterday 30th, est. 80-90Kg. Water temp 21.0c Honda 250 doing the business..

Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club Another monster bass today…this time for Houhora club member Bevan Cates. The huge bass weighed in at 70.8 kg (156.08 lbs) and is the heaviest to date this season for a club member. Congratulations Bevan and the team. Congratulations to Rupert Gates on making it to the 20 pounder club with his first 20 pounder weighing 10.06 kg (22.13 lb) snapper.
Way to go First gamefish honours for the club season go to those keen fishos on ‘Vandy’s Vessel’ skippered by owner Aaron Van der Poel. Dennis Lamb’s albacore weighing in at 11.60/24kg with Neil Attwood’s going a pilchard’s tail heavier at 11.66/24kg.

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) Congratulations Ocean Monarch, Excellent few days fishing early season. Louise Stewart 37kg/Lure/T&R Striped Marlin. Sponsors Grid High Duty Plastics 24. Anders Morens 37kg/Lure/93.9Kg Striped Marlin Caught in Port of Tauranga. (Mens Pin/First weighed)
 
Waihau Bay Sport Fishing Club Some pics of Scott and Sarah Adamson with their striped marlin caught from Little Reefer. Kristine Shove caught this nice shortbill and Winnie with her great snapper.

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) Congrats Nick and the OP team with a beauty 27.2kg s/b Spearfish from the Port of Tauranga grid today. Season officially ON!

Waihau Bay Well done to the crew fishing on “Execution” (our office lady Janie’s 645 Game King) who nailed this early season Shortbill today. Congrats guys, and there must be some nice water out there already – time to dust off the big gear!   Little Reefer Waihau Bay Had a hunch on an area today. Big trip out wide paying off with the first marlin for the season. Took the Red Gill Lures !
 
Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club December A couple of nice shortbill spearfish for Leona and Petra onboard #harlequin in sponsors grid Mckenzie Contracting.

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) Well done Louise Stewart,T/R Striped Marlin this morning on Ocean Monarch caught in sponsors grid High Duty Plastics on 37kg
 
Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (Inc)  Congratulations to the team aboard Mazara who are fishing the BOISC Icebreaker tournament & caught this 311kg Blue marlin with Bryce Imms as the angler & skipper Bevan Beauchamp. Well done to the team on a great fish!
 
Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) Well done Jane Lee fishing on Fascination 2, Landed her first Shortbill Spearfish @ 22.2kgs while fishing in High Duty Plastics #24 on 37kg.
Tairua – Reel Fowl is at The Aldermen IslandsDecember 22 at 4:50 PM · SBSF 25.3kg on 2kg line by angler Riki Peihepa off the Big Red. Season off to a good start…

Carpe diem, seas the day, lets go fishing!

The 2019 NZ Sport Fishing Council Nationals

The 2019 NZ Sport Fishing Council Nationals will start on 16 February 2019 and end on 23 February 2019.

Click here for an entry form and Nationals Disclaimer – Please complete both forms

Click here for a copy of the rules 

For past years results go to Our Records 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals shall form the arena in which anglers from throughout New Zealand compete, club against club, team against team and angler against angler for the honour of winning various trophies and titles that have been offered for this tournament.

The ‘Council’ will determine the rules and conditions that will apply to this tournament.

The ‘Council’ will determine the dates and hours of fishing the tournament.