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 June– Riv 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 June – part 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 South – one 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”