Daylight saving is here, Labour Weekend is coming fast, we have just had thunder bolts and lightning, very, very exciting indeed, and last year’s crew are lamenting not helping out last time you slipped the boat. Blondie is on the radio “the tide is high but I’m holding on, I’m gonna be your number one, number one, number one!”
Please be aware as from October 1st 2016 our coastal VHF channels will be changed, not all but some, please check out the following website for the changes;
URGENT NOTICE: The Coastguard-monitored maritime radio channel for the Inner Gulf/Waitemata Harbour today changed to VHF Channel 64.
This is on top of the recent Northland channel changes:
Bay of Islands – to VHF Channel 04
Whangaroa – to VHF Channel 05
Whangarei – to VHF Channel 05
Tutukaka – to VHF Channel 61
For other channel changes across the rest of the country, see www.retune.co.nz for details. Please use the listed channels in these areas – you won’t be able to use the old channels. Please share to spread the message! There will be more channel changes in coming weeks – visit www.retune.co.nz to find out more.
Houhora – Congratulations to Donna Pascoe and the ‘Gladiator’ team. The 2106 SIMRAD NZSFC Nationals really set the load of trophies up for the “Gladiator team”. Donna’s haul of trophies required a separate table. Thank you to Brad & Matt for accepting the awards on Donna’s behalf. Donna’s raft of awards included the Bellingham Family Trophy , Bill Hall Trophy – Most Tagged & Released Marlin, Snooks & Lola Fuller Tagging Trophy – Angler most points – 300 for Billfish & 100 for Shark – 16 billfish, 4 shark, Ellis Utting Trophy – Heaviest Broadbill plus silver pin – 15/6/16 211.6/37kg, ASB Bank Kaitaia- Ladies Champion Angler – Billfish, Shark, Tuna, YT Kingfish, and tagged Billfish – Tagged 5 Yellow-fin Tuna, 4 Mako sharks, 14 Striped Marlin, 1 Black Marlin and 1 Broadbill & 1 Broadbill 211.6/37 kg, 1 Southern Bluefin Tuna 80.54/60kg. CERTIFICATES FOR HOUHORA CLUB LINE WEIGHT RECORDS SPECIES ANGLER DATE WEIGHT; Swordfish Donna Pascoe 15/6/16 211.6kg on 37kg line, Southern Bluefin Tuna Donna Pascoe 10.3.16 80.64kg on 60kg line, NZSFC Annual Trophies – Saul Trophy – Most Tagged Game Fish – 25 , The Peter & Noeline Short Memorial Trophy – Most Tagged Billfish – 16
National Tournament Awards for Striped Marlin Champion, 1st Blue & Black Marlin – Most Tagged & Released -1, 1st Striped Marlin – Most Tagged & Released – 13, 3rd Shark – Most Tagged & Released – 4 , & 2nd Tuna – Most Tagged & Released – 3. An outstanding season for Donna.
Also at the Houhora Big Game & Sportfishing Club’s AGM and prizegiving, long time club member Debbie Bunn was awarded life membership or outstanding service to the Club. She also received the Trevally Dundee Bill Imms Memorial Trophy for Heaviest Trevally, at 3.72kg.
At the recent NZSFC AGM hosted at the Whangamata Ocean Sports Club, the executive and delegates along with the invited guests had a great time socializing after hours within the club and at Barney and Pauline O’Neil’s place, in Barney’s man cave no less. Barney was less worried about his cars when he heard the ladies wanted to have a clay shoot on Saturday voicing, “I hope my avocados will be safe”. The Board said farewell to Zone 1 representative Kelvin Mowat who has retired and replaced with new comer Brenda Saul from the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club, and to Warren “Wazza” Harris from Zone 3 who also retired and replaced with another new face Warren Maher. There were no other changes in personal.
New Life Member – A Life Member nomination was received for Peter “Sauce” Saunders from the New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club. This nomination had been ratified by the Council at the previous board meeting. Ian Steele gave an account of Pete’s service to his Club, Zone and the Council as a delegate. It was moved the nomination for Peter Saunders for Life Membership be accepted.