Big Four Tournament Results

Big Four Fishing Tournament 2012

The inaugural Big Four tournament was run over the weekend of May 11-13th. The idea was for anglers to register at Top Catch last Thursday night and then head to where ever they wanted in NZ waters to catch Snapper, Kahawai, Trevally and Kingfish, bring the heaviest of each back to the clubrooms this afternoon and weigh one fish per species per angler.

Little did we realise when we booked the tournament dates that we’d be competing with Saturday morning Kids winter sports, Mothers Day (we thought it was the first weekend of May not the second) , Duck Shooting season (well we knew about that, but overlooked the fact that duck hunters commit to the season not just opening day), the Chiefs playing on Sunday Avo, and of course, the Weather!

The weather forecast for the weekend as most will know by now, was atrocious with 30 knot Westerlys predicted for everywhere, save for a window of 15 knots predicted for Saturday avo and Sunday morning. There’s no doubt that put many anglers off the idea of fishing for the weekend.

Fortunately 29 hardy anglers registered and turned up for the briefing on Thursday night at Top Catch in Kahikatea Drive then departed for points mostly in an easterly direction around the Coromandel peninsula.

The club had booked a half day trip on Soprano out of Te Kouma on Saturday. We met Soprano and skipper Darryn at Hannafords wharf at 7:00 am and we headed off to bounce our way out through the Waimate channel. We pulled into the mussel farm at Rat Island off Papa aroha, in glass calm conditions and proceeded to enjoy some very good fishing with Trevally up to 2.6 kg and some very nice snapper & Kahawai coming over the side, and the odd decent sized kingie swimming through and giving everybody a thrill.

Almost all anglers weighed in fish for their weekend’s efforts. Longtime Waikato Sport Fishing club stalwart, Rob Page, was the only angler to weigh one fish of each species. We had prizes for  heaviest, second and third heaviest fish for overall, Women, Junior and Small-fry so we ended up with way more prizes than anglers. The best thing about that was that we were able to make sure all small-fry and juniors took home prizes.

The best story of all was Scott Pritchard who had planned to take his 41/2 year daughter, Rebecca, on the Soprano charter but pulled her out at the last minute because of the weather. He took her to the Raglan wharf Sunday morning and they caught a Kahawai smaller than our arbitrary 25 cm minimum size limit. They didn’t weigh it but no other small-fry caught any Kahawai so when we drew the heaviest small-fry Kahawai guess who’s name got drawn? Yup another very happy customer.

The fact that my own 7 year old daughter, Sarah Gutsell caught her first limit of snapper on the charter and went on to win the small-fry snapper section was pretty cool as well!

We’ve all  thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, hopefully more of Waikatoites can join in next year. Thanks to Top Catch, Shimano, Ricoh, Power Tools and Abrasives, and Eftpos Specialists for helping make it all happen through their support and also from Tony at Protech stainless for printing the entry forms and rules.

We’ll be running the tournament bigger and better again in 2013 on April 19th 20th and 21st.

Our next event is our annual AGM and prize giving in August, see our website for details. For all queries please contact Bob Gutsell, President, 021 750562, president@waikatosportfishing.co.nz

Yours faithfully
Waikato Sport Fishing Club
Bob Gutsell
Club President

 

Category

Category

Place

Name

Weight (kg)

Snapper

Overall

1

Ant Higgs

3.48

Snapper

Overall

2

Bob Gutsell

2.59

Snapper

Overall

3

Rob Page

2.42

 

 

 

 

 

Snapper

Average weight

1.64

Tony Brinkworth

1.84

 

 

 

 

 

Snapper

Junior

1

Nick Bright

1.38

Snapper

Junior

2

Matthew Olsen

1.23

Snapper

Junior

3

Dannielle Higgs

1.02

Snapper

Junior

4

Kayley Higgs

0.88

Snapper

Junior

5

X

 

Snapper

Junior

6

X

 

Snapper

Junior

7

X

 

Snapper

Junior

8

X

 

Snapper

Junior

9

X

 

Snapper

Junior

10

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapper

Smallfry

1

Sarah Gutsell

1.17

Snapper

Smallfry

2

Jesse Dingle

1.14

Snapper

Smallfry

3

Todd Higgs

0.97

Snapper

Smallfry

4

Drawn

 

Snapper

Smallfry

5

Drawn

 

Snapper

Smallfry

6

Drawn

 

Snapper

Smallfry

7

Drawn

 

Snapper

Smallfry

8

 Drawn

 

Snapper

Smallfry

9

 Drawn

 

Snapper

Smallfry

10

 Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapper

Women

1

Kathryn Bright

2.03

Snapper

Women

2

Denise Higgs

1.99

Snapper

Women

3

Michelle Gray

0.82

 

 

 

 

 

Kahawai

Overall

1

Matthew Olsen

2.2

Kahawai

Overall

2

Kirk Forsyth

2.12

Kahawai

Overall

3

Ken Monk

2.07

Kahawai

Junior

1

Matthew Olsen

2.2

Kahawai

Junior

2

Jacob Dingle

1.63

Kahawai

Junior

3

Dannielle Higgs

0.27

 

 

 

 

 

Kahawai

Smallfry

1

Drawn

 

Kahawai

Smallfry

2

Drawn

 

Kahawai

Smallfry

3

Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kahawai

Women

1

Michelle Gray

1.72

Kahawai

Women

2

Drawn

 

Kahawai

Women

3

Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trevally

Overall

1

Kathryn Bright

2.89

Trevally

Overall

2

Rob Page

1.45

Trevally

Overall

3

Gary Pitcaithly

1.31

 

 

 

 

 

Trevally

Junior

1

Nick Bright

1.23

Trevally

Junior

2

Drawn

 

Trevally

Junior

3

Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trevally

Smallfry

1

Drawn

 

Trevally

Smallfry

2

Drawn

 

Trevally

Smallfry

3

Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trevally

Women

1

Kathryn Bright

2.89

Trevally

Women

2

Drawn

 

Trevally

Women

3

Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingfish

Overall

1

Rob Page

8.26

Kingfish

Overall

2

Ant Higgs

5.49

Kingfish

Overall

3

Drawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingfish

Junior

1

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Junior

2

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Junior

3

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Smallfry

1

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Smallfry

2

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Smallfry

3

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Women

1

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Women

2

Drawn

 

Kingfish

Women

3

Drawn