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.
Mack Peach toNZ BIG GAME FISHINGMarch 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 incMarch 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.
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 ClubMarch 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 NetworkMarch 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…
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 Club10 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!
Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFCMarch 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
Counties Sport Fishing ClubMarch 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.
“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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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/…
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 Season. 30 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 toNZ 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.
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 !
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!
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.
Channel 2 Int This is to contact Coastguard Radio & initial contact for boats calling other boats. Channel 2 should only be used when all other methods of boat to boat contact have been exhausted and not for idle chatter.
Channel 4 Int This is a repeated boat to boat channel
Channel 6 Int Line of sight boat to boat contact Which extends to around 12 Km