– by Paul Batten
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.
Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club March 20 An update on the courtesy broadbill weighed in this afternoon. The broadbill was landed off Blackhead in 800 metres by Sam Christiansen onboard Optimum weighing 199.4kg. Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club 4 hrs ·3 pin albies caught in hb coastguard and 2 pin yellowfin 48.8 and 42.2 caught in mtf finance Napier
Mack Peach to NZ BIG GAME FISHING March 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 inc March 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.
Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) March 17 ·The run of amazing Striped Marlin continues! Congratulations to Trudi Batson today weighing a 170.9kg caught on 24kg off Crows Nest in Tarpaulin Makers BOP sponsors grid!
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 Club March 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 Network March 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…
Twenty-five years I’m alive here still, trying to get up that great big hill of hope, for a destination. Oh where to catch a marlin.