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November 15 Presidents Report

November and what a month ahead for our club. Firstly, October club night – seen as a prize giving for the Mid-Winter Challenge. The winners were:
Snapper  70cm      Barbara Hubert
Kahawai  62.5cm  Alistair Lane
Baracutta   89cm  Frank van Vroonhoven
Yellowtail Kingfish 98cm  Ant Higgs
All winners received Ridgeline clothing thanks to Platinum Sponsor, Ridgeline.  Congratulations to our winners.

Surprise guest speaker was Dutchy (Frank van Vroonhoven) off the boat “the Flying Dutchman”. Last season Dutchy caught an ugly fish off the Bay of Plenty. He had it weighed and posted the photos, as nobody really knew what it was. Dutchy sent the fish to Te Papa in Wellington and it turns out to be a Southern Mandarin Dogfish Shark. A rare species not caught in New Zealand waters.

Dutchy decided to see if it was a record, and put the paperwork in for the World Record. Dutchy now holds the World Record for this species. Dutchy shared his certificates and gave us a talk on how to claim a world record, what’s involved and the paperwork that had to be filled out, and the time frame to have it all done by and take lots of photos, especially of the angler with the fish.
It’s a lot of work getting all the paperwork done but the smile on Dutchy’s face, proved it was
all well worth it.  Well done Dutchy. (NB. The fish was weighed for Tauranga Game Fishing
Club, however, I’m still proud of you mate.)

Due to what’s involved in claiming New Zealand and World Records, the club does have Keith Vallabh on board as a weigh master coordinator and is available to help fill out paperwork for such claims.

Shelley Beach Family Weekend Fishing Tournament.  Held at Shelley Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, Corormandel.  Burnsco are sponsoring the Junior and Small Fry Sections. This is a One Day Competition being Saturday, 7 November. I won’t be at Shelley Beach myself, as I have other commitments with work. Mark runs a great tournament year after year and this year will be even better.

Just a tip for anglers who are club members, fill out your catch cards properly, including the time caught and boated.  Make sure your writing can be read and include your membership number. Fish caught at the Shelley Beach Tournament usually qualify for club certificates and trophies.

Next up is November Club Night, on Tuesday, 17th, to be held at Fish City Hamilton. Then to finish the month, we have the Fish City Snapper and Kingie Classic – 28-29 November over $10’000 dollars in prizes including 5 x $100 cash spot prizes. $500 Mystery Snapper Weigh under 4kg. You have to be at prize giving in person to claim spot prizes and drawn prizes or they will be re-drawn. No Exceptions..!!

It’s a fish anywhere in New Zealand, so as long as the competition weigh master has your catch cards (if the fish is weighed elsewhere) or you are in line at the Club Weigh Station, no later than 5.00pm on Sunday, 29 November, your catch counts.

Major change this year, anyone can hand in your catch cards to the weigh master at the club rooms on your behalf, before cut off.  The catch cards must be filled out properly, readable and signed by the weigh master where the fish was weighed and signed by the angler and the skipper. Otherwise, the catch cards won’t be accepted.  NOTE: you don’t have to be at prize giving for prizes won by caught fish, However ALL DRAWN PRIZES and SPOT PRIZES , the PERSON MUST BE PRESENT TO CLAIM PRIZE or will be REDRAWN,   NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
You can weigh in 2 Snapper and 1 Kingie.

Catch cards are available at Fish City, the Clubrooms and our weight stations (if you are a club member you get complimentary weigh in’s at other fishing clubs affiliated with New Zealand Sport Fishing Council). You don’t have to be a Waikato Sport Fishing Club member to fish the classic (if you are you qualify for the competition Trophy and club records).

Tournament details available online by visiting our website. The Clubrooms Bar upgrade is slowly moving along. We got a new bar fridge, which has been installed.  Last week Mark Olsen, Scott Pritchard, Jim Muir and myself went to Auckland and picked up the Bar counter, which is to be installed before Xmas.  Thanks guys for the help loading.

Cheers Roger