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Club Night – July 2015

July Club Night with the team from NZ Sport Fishing Council – Tuesday 21st July, 7:30pm at the WSFC Club Rooms, Grantham St, Hamilton.

This month we’ve got 3 of the team from the NZ Sport Fishing Council – our very own Bob Gutsell who is our Zone rep on the Council, Phil Appleyard, Vice President of NZSFC and owner of The Big Fish Bait & Tackle Co, and Dave Lockwood, the incoming Executive Officer of the Council.

Join them as they talk about the the NZSFC, IGFA and how the Council supports fisheries management. And Phil has a very interesting presentation on braid – how its made, its  characteristics, and when you can/can’t use it in tournaments – “all you wanted to know about braid, but were too afraid to ask!”

This promises to be another great night – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; ALL WELCOME

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Our Clubs thoughts go out to Steven Richard’s Family and Friends. Stevey passed away on the 25th of June after battling Huntingtons. He was 41 years old, and has been a member of the Waikato Sport Fishing Club for over 10 years. He was a regular at our tournaments. He will be sadly Missed by those who knew him and fished with him.Stevey

June Club Night was another great night with Joe Dennehy schooling us up on knot tying. The challenge was braid to mono knot testing. Karen Blockley won the Okuma spinning reel boat set with a 11 / 16kg line / knot test. Well Done Karen. Thanks to Tony Brinkworth for running the Line tester , and to Joe Dennehy.

July’s Club night is Tuesday 21st, at 7-30pm. We have a team of 3 from the NZ Sport Fishing Council. Phil Appleyard – vice President. Dave Lockwood – incoming Executive officer. And Bob Gutsell – Waikato zone rep. They will fill us in on what the council does for us, and update us on future activities. Bring along any questions, it will be a interesting evening.

Weather has certainly put a damper on the months fishing with no catch cards being received for the month.
Therefore no catch card draw for June.

Our Club AGM will be held on Saturday the 22nd of August. Any outstanding trophies can be handed in at the July club night or contact Mark Olsen for drop off.  Also any outstanding catch cards need to be in on club night or they WILL NOT COUNT towards Trophies or awards.

We require a New Catch Card Officer, and a New Membership Officer. Both role require a reliable internet connection.  Anyone wanting to be on the committee, or tournament helpers please let Alistiar or Mark know.

Winter Challenge; 1st July to 20th October.  This is a length contest. 3 species  Snapper, Kingfish and Baracoutta. Photos must show length and be viewable. See newsletter or website for rules and conditions. You Must Be A Financial Club Member to enter.


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Crowded House – “Four Seasons in One Day” is not quite true at present, four seasons in an hour, is closer to the truth.

All affiliated club members please note; all clubs are reminded to have their nominations in for NZSFC trophies and awards by July 7th for the 2015 season ending 30th June. While the first marlin of the Season Weighed and Tagged and the Rob Dinsdale Memorial Trophy for the first marlin  overall have already been decided, nominations for the following still need to be forwarded:-  The Saul Trophy (a silver tray) – for the most tagged and released game fish of the season –  The Old Man and the Sea Cup (a cup donated by Jack Warner) – for the most meritorious catch – (judged via a story) – the Lord Norrie Gold Cup (a gold cup) – for the heaviest striped marlin each season – The Peter & Noeline Short Memorial Trophy (Peter was President of the Council at one time) – for the most tagged & released billfish of the season – The Top Junior Angler Cup (now a wooden fish donated by John Chibnall, as the cup which was originally given to us by the Kerikeri Club (no longer a member) was lost many years ago) – meritorious award – (judged via a story) and The Hart Trophy – for the best live marine photo by an amateur. There is also the prestigious Fisherman of the Year Award for the angler catching the heaviest fish of the season, and not forgetting there are 5, 10, 15, and 20 – 1 claims to be forwarded along with the first and heaviest of each species for the season. All need to be applied for by our affiliated clubs.

WDSAC Queens Birthday Light Tackle Competition   It was a ‘rough’ weekend for fishing in more ways than one, but the hardy competitors took to sea in the Tutukaka Light Tackle Yellowtail Kingfish tournament. Veteran angler Stuart Smith showed them how it’s done with a beauty 16.1 kg Kingi on 6kg line taking out the Angler most points for single fish section and winning the coveted Tutukaka Coast Electronics Shield. Stuart is of course the Club Patron and does not let age stand in his way – well done Stu!

Congratulations to the WDSAC Junior Team Amazing results for the Junior Team – Harrison Clayton, Dylan Mason, Riley (Craypot) Pattison, and Sam Yendell – at the Bay of Islands International Yellowtail tournament. # Great fishing for Dylan Mason and Riley Pattison which saw them in 3rd and 4th place respectively in the overall Junior Angler most points section. # Sam Yendell not only took out second place in the Junior Male Angler Most Points section with a total of 2,213 points but also won the Junior heaviest yellowtail section with his beauty 20.8kg yellowtail. # Harrison Clayton claimed First place in the Junior Male Angler Most Points section with a total of 2,292.5 points – well done Harrison! # The WDSAC Junior team took out First place in the Junior section with a great points tally of 7,458.  Of note is the fact that this points tally placed them third overall in the Tournament.  Great going boys – we’re proud of you all!! – A huge thank you this year must go to the Oxford Sports Trust and to Junior Team sponsors Furuno and Warren Hay Marine & Shimano – and a Massive Round of Applause for Skipper Terry Harris, First Mate Lew Price, Chief Deckie Craig Smith, Team Coordinator Brenda Saul, and “Camp Mother” (& fish smoker) Lawrence Emery – what a GREAT RESULT!

6th JuneRiv 1 went out for a late trolling session, and out past the Kumara patch (Tutukaka) close to spot X, angler John Robbins landed a 117 kg Striped marlin on 15kg line, with wife Wendy as first time skipper, and Port the dog as decky.

8th June –  Graham Yukich went out for a solo fishing trip on-board his boat ‘Sea Mount’ out to the Garden patch, fished most of the day and came home with an amazing Broadbill weighing in at 294kg caught on 37kg line.

9th June Luke McDonald went out for a fish on his good ship ‘Tukotahi’ and came home (Tutukaka) with his 106kg striped marlin caught on 24kg line

9th Junepart of the great team on ‘Pursuit’, Mark Collins fishing the back of Great Barrier Island, chasing hapuka and terakihi on the way home from the far north managed to tag and release a striped marlin to end their season on a high.

Hot news from down Southone of the big hoki trawlers fishing out on the Hokitika trench (aptly named place) out off Westport reported seeing the first of the new season’s Pacific Bluefin Tuna announcing “They have arrived”


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Weather in May showed Winter has arrived. So not alot to report for May.

I went to the Auckland Boat Show Spoke to a few of exhibitors about the Waikato Sport Fishing Club, and if they where interested in  talking at the Club nights.
There was alot of interest and I will give the committee contacts made, to follow up on.

I wasn’t there for May club night, but reports say it was interesting, with some impressive photos.

June club night has Joe Dennehy, the Soft  Bait Guru, coming along.
He is a hive of information and tips on the art of catching fish on plastic.
Even written a book on the subject. Come along it will be an evening of tips and pionters.

To date there has been no catch cards for May.
With 30th June being the end of the fishing season, if you have any catch cards for the 2014/2015
season, the catch card officer must receive them by the 13th of July. This is to sort certificates and trophiesfor the AGM.

All those members who have Club Trophies, could you please bring them along to the June Club
night or return them to Mark Olsen.

A couple of people have indicated a interest to help out. The committee welcome anyone wanting to come onboard.

We also need someone to step up to be the Catch Card Officer as the current officer Won’t be
doing them next year.
Membership Officer is also required, both roles you need to be connected to the internet.
( Don’t laugh areas round Hamilton, such as Temple view, Koromatua, Ngahinapouri, and others
don’t have internet, due to old exchanges.) You Don’t have to be a committee member for those positions.

Remember this is Your Club !!!
As members we want your Ideas and Comments on how you want your club to improve
and keep moving forward. Talk to, or email Mark Olsen, Ant Higgs or Alistair Lane. All Feedback is

Cheers, Roger

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April just flew by, and what a month ….
If you missed the club night at Smart Marine, then you really missed a great night. Smart Marine put on a BBQ and drinks, then offered extra discount deals on top of the SmartMarine Card discount, on everything in store. Those who attended took advantage and stocked up on all sorts of  bits and pieces.  Thanks to Josh, Scott and Staff.
Next up was the Wave Dancer and Catch Lures Seminar. Guest speakers Grant and Kristy did a great job keeping everyone wanting to know more. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” was the theme for the night and to understand its meaning – you had to be there.
Grant pulled out his boat chart and showed his fishing spots, then covered understanding the fish sounder, providing print outs for everyone to take home. The demo on the Catch Lures, how they  worked and how to get the best out of them, was brilliant.Then Grant gave away the lure if you could explain what he just told us. It was a night of information and giveaways.

Just when you thought it was over, Grant gave a lucky person a seat onboard Wave Dancer. The winner was someone that has given so much to the club tournaments, the organiser of the Simrad Raglan One Base……. Mark Olsen. Enjoy Mark, you deserve it.

To complete the evening Joe Johnson was there, so he was presented with his Life Membership Certificate.  A very happy and humble man – Joe has just the spot to hang his certificate, opposite his wife Coral’s 27lb snapper.

Anzac Weekend had the Big 4 tournament Three days of fishing anywhere in New Zealand, as long as you were in the line by 4pm on Monday. The tournament was a huge success. Total number of entries was 80 anglers.  10 small fry, 9 juniors, 14 women and 47 men. Making the Big 4  Tournament, our second biggest tournament this season.

Burnsco sponsored the Small Fry and Junior prize pool. Three club members, Denise Higgs, Annette Court and Kathryn Bright took on the job of getting the women’s prize pool. And what a great section of prizes. Thanks to,  Ladedas Hair Salon, the Scented Soap Deli, Donovan’s
Chocolate, New Dehli India Restaurant, Sugar Bowl Café, and Digicable for increasing your sponsorship and also providing women’s dress watches. Capped off with Ridgeline clothing, we had some very happy women.
Men had a good section of prizes also. The 5  x $100 cash spot prizes were won by 2 juniors, 1 women, and 2 men.  Great to see them going over all categories.
The Average Weight Snapper was won by Todd Kerr with a 1.914kg fish. No angler caught all 4 species so the trophy was put back in the cabinet until next year and the prizes were drawn:
– Cory Hartgill  3rd – $100 TDO Bar and Restaurant voucher and a Kings Marine service voucher
– Paula Hirst  2nd –  2 nights accommodation at Oamaru Bay Holiday Park and a Kings Marine service voucher
– Roddy Anderson 1st  – tablet and keypad and a King Marine service voucher.

A huge thanks to all our Sponsors and Anglers without you, we wouldn’t have a competition.
Next Club Night – Tuesday, 19th May is Bruce McKenzie on Papua New Guinea Guided Fishing Tours, see you  there.
The AGM is our next major event in August. We still need someone to take over the Catch Card Officer’s position next season, if you would like to take on this position, please let the Committee know. On that note, the committee always welcomes new committee members and ideas.

Cheers, Roger

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