Hello fellow fishers. I want to give you an update on what your new committee has been up to since being elected at the AGM.
Firstly we would like say congratulations to Bob Gutsell on his appointment as the newly elected president of the New Zealand Game Fishing Council and we would like to thank him coming back on the committee as his knowledge and experience has been invaluable with helping the new committee get up to speed with the workings of the club.
Manu Bay Boat Ramp update
Bob Gutsell and myself attended the Manu Bay Working Group on the 17th of September, along with the Raglan Sports Fishing Club as well as Iwi, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Manu Bay Board Riders Club and other interested parties. It was a very positive and interesting afternoon.
The options discussed on the day were:
- Do nothing and leave it as is.
- Just maintain the boat ramp by removing the rocks that end up on it.
- Removing the rocks placed in front of the wall that have created a ramp for water to go up and over the break wall.
- Build a concrete cap on top of the break wall to stop water going over the break wall.
By end of the day majority agreed that approaching Council to look at the feasibility of Option 3 was the preferred starting point. We are still waiting on the workshop notes to confirm the next actions.
Club Rooms upgrades and tidy up
We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area. The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can. It would be much appreciated. Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays. We will have a BBQ and free refreshments for all that turn up to help. We have also been applying for grants to put in a Disabled Toilet and a ramp access to the clubrooms as well as paint and new lighting. We will keep you posted on how we get on with the grants.
We are all set for Shelly Beach family fishing comp on the 3rd November with Fullon Fishing as the main sponsor. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Snapper Kingi Classic
The Committee agreed there will be no Snapper /Kingi Classic in November this year due to conflict with many other tournaments on in November.
Raglan One Base
The Raglan One Base dates are confirmed for the 28th February to 2nd March 2019
The Big Four Competition 2019
The Big Four Competition dates are confirmed for the 25th to the 27th April 2019.
Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge
We would like to thank Graham Hurbert the crew for sponsoring the Barbara Dawn Gurnard challenge and we look forward to seeing lots good size gurnard weighed in this season.
Please refer to this newsletter and the website for the rules and the prizes for this challenge.
This is the time of year to target large Snapper, They are aggressive on the bite and easy to get a good feed into the chilly bin, The snapper are currently around 60 meter mark, They should come in closer as the weeks go by, Gurnard are in good numbers in the shallows and up the harbour if you cannot get out wide. A rig with the bait sitting on the sand is best. The spring Kingfish are around Gannet and on the feed if you can get out at first or last light.
Thames / Coro
Workups is a good word to start this report with, The guys chasing these with Slow jigs and softbaits are catching some impressive snapper, The kahawai can be hard to get past so if you can drop the slow jig up current from the work up and drift through it you can avoid them and get onto the snapper! Fishing in the farms has been good, lots of boats getting a good feed and some very welcome by catches, Good Trevally and John Dory are floating around the farms so dont be afraid to change the your rig to suit.
Each Month we are going to be posting a information paragraph from a Club Sponsor. Without our Sponsors we would not be able to run our great fishing tournaments / club nights. This Month we look at Carpet Mill Hamilton
With Floorboards, Cermaix and Waikato Wardrobes joining in the move they are quickly becoming a one stop shop.Whether you are planing to build or renovate it is always best to start designing from the floor up. Feel free to call in and have a coffee with the team while they guide you through the showroom and all that they have to offer. Not only do they have the backing of Kevin Milne, our trusted fair go presenter, they come highly recommended by Consumer NZ. Carpet Mill is not only a flooring retailer, they manufacture their own leading range of quality carpets right here in Hamilton, this ensures you are buying direct from the manufacturer at the best price! Come check out the showroom today and experience all the team has to offer.
We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area. The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can. It would be much appreciated. Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays.
We will have a BBQ and free refreshments for all that turn up to help.
We will not be having a WSFC club night in October, Instead we will be attending the Fish City Fishing Seminar at Fish City Hamilton, We encourage you to come along for a great night, See you all there! Click here to book your place
Fish City Hamilton – Fishing Seminar
Join us at Fish City Hamilton for a Fishing seminar with brand partners Ocean Angler, Humminbird and Minn Kota!
Bookings are essential – Tickets are $25.00 and in return, you receive a $50.00 voucher to spend in-store on the evening!
Location: Fish City Hamilton
Time: Arrive 5.30pm Starting at 6pm
Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
Limited SPOTS for this exclusive evening!
Humminbird & Minn Kota Pro Staff member Lucas Allen will present some tips on getting the most
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The Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge
The challenge is to encourage all Waikato Sport Fishing Club members to have safe family fun fishing out on the water. It is open to all 2018/19 members of the Waikato Sport Fishing Club (WSFC). The catch has to be recorded on a catch card and certified by a weigh master and caught under WSFC fishing rules.The catch card has to be provided to the WSFC catch officer by the 5 July 2019. The gurnard catch will be reported each month in the WSFC newsletter.
Barbara Dawn Challenge prizes will be awarded at the AGM.
The prizes are:
- $250 cash for heaviest gurnard plus the Gurnard Trophy
- A drawn prize from all the gurnards weighed for a $250 cash prize. For the drawn prize the angler must be present at the AGM. If not present, there will be a redraw.
The prize money has donated by the crew of the Barbara Dawn ($400) and the WSFC ($100).
Minister fails New Zealand’s fishery
The recreational advocacy group LegaSea is bitterly disappointed the Minister of Fisheries has deferred making decisive cuts to commercial catches of tarakihi on New Zealand’s east coast for at least another year. In October Stuart Nash will apply a 20% cut to the commercial catch, while LegaSea has been campaigning for a 65% reduction.
LegaSea spokesperson Scott Macindoe says the decision is a blow for the fishery.(1) There are fears that commercial interests will succeed in keeping the stock low to maintain jobs in an unproductive fishery.
“It’s a body blow for one of New Zealand’s best loved fish. The fishery has been on the downward