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Fishing Competition 2016

posted 1 Mar 2016, 19:38 by Mahurangi West   [ updated 18 Dec 2016, 14:37 ]

The Annual Mahurangi West Community and Jamieson Bay & Opahi Bay Challenge

Held on Sunday, 31st  January 2016

Winners are as follows:

·         Biggest Yellowtail – Under 12 yrs (trophy) won by Flynn Springett

·         Biggest Fish – Under 12 yrs (Huawai Oysters Trophy) won by Cameron Travis

·         Biggest Snapper – Under 12 yrs (trophy) won by Jude McAuley

·         Most Fish – Under 12 yrs (Brian & Heather Moore Trophy) won by Kyan Rivers

·         Biggest Fish – Under 16 yrs (trophy) won by Kalim Smith

Open Competition as follows:

·         Oddest Fish (trophy) won by Flynn Springett with a rock pool fish (Opahi Bay)

·        Most Meritorious Catch (no trophy) won by Stan Skiba with a Dogfish Shark (Jamieson Bay)

·         Greatest Variety (trophy) won by Wesley Hart with 4 varieties (Jamieson Bay)

·         Biggest Yellowtail or Kingfish (Ray McGreal Memorial Cup) won by Oliver Wynyard with a Kingfish (Jamieson Bay)

·         Ladies Biggest Snapper (Kewene Cup) won by Lynne Ladyman (Opahi Bay)

·         Men’s Biggest Snapper (Earle Opai Memorial Cup) won by Eugene Halpin (Opahi Bay)

·         Ladies Biggest Fish (Thomson Cup 1997) won by Lily Danby with a Kahawai (Opahi Bay)

·         Men’s Biggest Fish (Jo & Graham Mickell Memorial Cup) won by Eugene Halpin with a Kahawai (Opahi Bay)

·         Biggest Snapper (Mahurangi West Biggest Snapper trophy) won by Mike Springett (Opahi Bay)

This year we were unable to award both prizes for the Under 7s Biggest Snapper or Biggest Fish, as no legal sized fish were caught despite the apparent efforts of children and parents.  A great crowd gathered for the weigh in at Opahi Bay on the Bond family lawn with many children and adults alike admiring the HUGE kingfish caught by Oliver Wynyard (too big for our scales).  Once again we would like to thank Ken Prime and Kathi Smith for helping to collect registrations entries. Their efforts resulted in increased registrations from Jamieson Bay following their win last year.  Despite this magnificent effort, the Bay Challenge was won by Opahi Bay this year.  Thanks must also go to Mike and Maree Owston-Doyle who supplied certificates and chocolate fish, the highlight for many children gathered and Rheem Industries for supplying the spot prizes and winner gifts. 

The organisers would like to thank the 144 adults and children that entered and participated in the competition this year, your on-going support of this community event helps makes the local Mahurangi West community one of the great corners of New Zealand to live and holiday in. 

Mike & Karena de Pont

Mahurangi West Community Fishing Competition Organisers