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The Fish City Big Four Fishing Tournament 2016

This annual fishing competition was held over Anzac Weekend 23 – 25 April 2016, with the headline sponsor Fish City. The tournament is hosted and organized by the Waikato Sport Fishing Club. (WSFC). This is an all ports, fish anywhere in NZ  tournament and you only have to be in the weigh in line by 4pm on the Monday in Hamilton with either your catch or your catch cards. This gives plenty of time to fish wherever you like  from 1am Saturday to say lunch time Monday.

WSFC encourages sustainable fishing thus anglers are limited to 2 snapper, 1 Kingfish, 1 Kahawai and 1 Trevally for weigh in.

A record number of entries were received this year, 108 anglers with a mixture of men, women, juniors and small fry. We had entrants from Whakatane, Thames and other sport fishing clubs, as well as non club members.

This allowed for a prize pool of over $20,000 to be up for grabs.

This year we thought outside the square and in conjunction with Ross, Haidee and Kevin from Fish City added a bit more spark to the Big Four Concept. The Big  Four has historically been about catching a Snapper, Kingfish, Trevally and Kahawai “The Big Four” and the heaviest combined bag weight won the Big Four prizes and trophy. Traditionally few Big four bags have been weighed in however this year there were 12 anglers who achieved this feat.

For this year’s tournament Fish City put up for grabs a FC430 boat, 40hp fourstroke outboard and trailer as the “Super” Big Four prize package with a retail value of $25,000. The additional challenge here was minimum weights were required: Kingfish 20kgs, Snapper 10kgs, Trevally 3kgs and Kahawai 3kgs.

Unfortunately the Super big four was not struck this year, however it sparked some great interest in the tournament and several anglers put in the miles to try and complete the super bag. The largest weights achieved for the tournament were :

Snapper   6.58kgs
Kingfish  19.58kgs
Trevally   4.47kgs
Kahawai  2.69kgs

Thus over 3 days, anywhere in NZ, we  think the super prize is achievable.

BIG FOUR Results here

Big Four Snapper Kingfish Trevally Kahawai Big 4 Combined Weight
1st Ben Brown 4.5000 15.2800 1.3385 2.0250 23.1435
2nd Bradley Hirst 3.2800 15.8300 1.2550 2.2600 22.6250
3rd Matt Olsen 6.5800 11.3400 2.6800 1.6400 22.2400

Congratulations to Ben who received a prize package of $2,000 including a Shimano Stella 20,000 TRSLA20 & T Curve Ocea spin jig PE8 TDOC820. He also took home the prestigious Big 4 Trophy.

This year due to the higher entry numbers the prizegiving was moved from the WSFC clubrooms on Grantham Street to the Hamilton Marist Rugby Club. A great roast meal (included in the ticket price) was served at 5pm and prizegiving commenced at 6pm.

This year we also had MC Mark Bunting from “The Breeze Radio Station” run the prizegiving in conjunction with our president Roger Bright. Between the two of them they had the crowd in stitches, it was an entertaining and relaxed prizegiving.

In total there were 20 high quality road and reel sets, stacks of Ridgeline clothing, watches, DVD players, fishing bags, Mystery Weight Cash Prize $500, cash spot prizes 5 X $100 and $750 of product spot prizes given away.

The major prize winners were:

Small Fry
Snapper Weight Kgs
1st Bridie Page     1.8450
1st Jesse Dingle    2.8180
1st Jesse Dingle  2.0640
1st Hamish Mellow 3.5600
1st Slade Kerr 9.3900
1st Slade Kerr 2.6450
1st Kane Delany 1.9920
1st Lisa MacDonald 5.6200
1st Mel Hallett 12.6600
1st Mel Hallett 1.2950
1st Leearna Clark 2.6900


Snapper Weight
1st Matt Olsen 6.5800
1st Aaron Bennett 19.5800
1st Aaron Bennett 4.4700
1st Ken McDowall 2.5050


Mystery Weight Cash Prize $500

Hamish Mellow’s 3.56kg snapper was closest to the 3.8kg mystery weight.

Total Fish weighed

Number of Contestants Snapper Kingfish Trevally Kahawai Total
Mens 71 73 14 19 43 149
Womens 23 29 1 1 14 45
Junior 10 9 1 2 5 17
Small Fry 4 3 0 1 1 5
Total 108 114 16 23 63 216

So mark Anzac Weekend 2017 in your calendars to join in this fantastic tournament.

WSFC is a great fishing club with premises overlooking the Waikato River and an active membership of 300 anglers. We are family focused and always look after our juniors and small fry in tournaments. We organize and host 4 tournaments throughout the year for members and non members and these are generously supported by a loyal and growing group of sponsors.

Club nights are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and have featured, TV Fishing Hosts, Mussel Barge Operators, Rick Pollock from Pursuit to name a few. These are great relaxed nights open at the public. These are usually hosted at our clubrooms. The next club night is May 2016 and features

We provide regular newsletters to our members to let them know what is coming up, recent fishing reports and details of monthly catches made by members.

Please see our website for details on memberships, tournaments etc.

A special thank you from the club to:

Headline Platinum Sponsor     Fish City
Gold Sponsors
Supreme Sheetmetals
Mellow Business Group, Chartered Accountants
Develop It
CH Plumbing Ltd
Roger That Builders
Fusion Print
Voyager Trailers
Blue Wallace Surveyors
Carpet Mill
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park, Coromandel

MC                       Mark “Bunty” Bunting
Host Club            Hamilton Marist Rugby Club
Caterers              Rick’s Roasts
Kitchen Staff     
Kayley, Izzy, Isabelle and Ayla.