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Presidents Report – February 2016

Welcome to 2016!

Hopefully everyone had a safe and enjoyable festive season. Club night in December 2015 was on the Astrolabe Reef Access Plan presented by the Rena Project. Salvage and industrial clean-up crews will clear the site by 10 February 2016. It will then be up to the Tauranga Harbour Master to announce when the exclusion zone will be lifted. On the night underwater video footage showed the reef as the clean-up proceeded; what a mission the clean-up was but with most the Rena removed, what’s left has been made safe as a dive sight. Fish life is abundant and commercial crayfish fisheries are breaking their necks to get in and fish the reef. Once the reef is re-opened, it will be a potential nightmare to police with all the recreational fisherman that will flock to the reef. I would like to remind you “it is the skipper’s responsibility to keep their crew and vessel safe”. Keep a look out for other boats, divers in the water and cray pot ropes, as they all have the potential to end you day badly. For further information, visit The Rena Project website – www.renaproject.co.nz.

Weather over New Year’s wasn’t the best, I managed to get out for a day fishing off Raglan, the crew caught Kingi’s, Kahawai, Snapper, Tarakihi and some impressive 4-5kg Trevally. Other boats that ventured out to 100m got amongst Marlin.

At the end of January with the West Coast sea conditions improving – Big Eye, Yellowfin and Marlin were all being caught from Manukau to Taranaki around the 100-140m mark. It is shaping up to be a great game fishing season.  As I am writing this reports coming in are of Marlin being caught in 87 metres off Raglan.  Rock on our One Base!

Up coming events in February

Club Night – Tuesday, 16th February 2016 at  7.30pm at our club rooms – our guest speaker will be discussing commercial mussel farming in the South Island

NZ Sport  Fishing Nationals – 20th – 27th February 2016. It’s been a few years since WSFC has had a team entered, if anyone is interested, please contact Alistair Lane – Club Secretary.

March 2016 – No club night due to the Simrad Raglan One Base Tournament.

Briefing for the tournament is on Wednesday, 9th March 2016 at 7.00pm at the Raglan Club on Bow Street  and the registration desk will open at 5.00pm. You must be a financial member of an affiliated NZSFC to enter, so please bring your membership cards on the night to speed up the registration process.

Any volunteers to help with the One Base as we need Radio operators and people to help with odd jobs. Contact Mark Olsen or myself.

19 April 2016 – Club night to be confirmed.

Another thing, if you have any ideas, topics or suggestions for club nights, please let the committee know. I would like to see the attendance increase, so would welcome your ideas.

23rd – 25th April 2016 The Big Four Tournament. This is a fish anywhere in New Zealand tournament.

Old Man of the Sea – write a story about a fish of a life time or fishing adventure that has taken place during the current season (01 July 2015 – 30.06.2016), to be judged by the Committee. Submit your entry in writing to either Alistair or myself.

Membership Officer:  We need a Membership Officer for the 2016/2017 season. It takes few hours to process memberships at the beginning of the season and then a couple of hours each month as new people join. The Simrad Raglan One Base creates an influx of registrations and then it drops off again. Internet access is a must and full training and support will be given. Please contact me if you are interested in this role.

I left the Bad News till Last!! Vice President, Mark Olsen will be standing down at the end of the season, after 10 years plus as Vice President and even longer as a Committee Member. Apart from Mark being our “go to guy for tournaments”, He has been invaluable to the club. I wish him well on his overseas adventures and I know he will be greatly missed.

Cheers Roger