CURRENT LINES – Xmas 2015 Issue
“Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la laa la la la laa, tis the season to be trolling follow me te he te hehe he, tis not the season to be moaning unless the wind is 30 knots plus and we can’t go trolling.
Fishing reports have slowed since early December. In what can only be described as bosses weather, windy, sunny and good for working until the weekend arrives as does the 20 knot winds!
On the way to Tairua the vessel Valhalla managed two yellowfin tuna and some big albacore on 7th December.
December14th a courtesy weigh at Whangaroa for Andrew Renall fishing off the “Westie 1” he weighed an impressive bass tipping the scales at 72.4kg.
December 19th an exploration trip out wide of the Aldermans, out past 1200 meters found some big albacore up to 12kgs
YesterdayWarkworth stalwart Lu Rathe set the benchmark for the month for snapper measure and release, not too far from Omaha a respectable snapper measuring 73.5cm
Today 22nd on another exploration trip out wide, near 340 meters outside the Cavalli’s Islands, two yellowfin were caught weighing estimated 20 and 32 kg a piece, with more hooked and lost I’m told.
The Ahipara club are reporting a new heaviest snapper caught by Mike Fryer, weighing in at 10.35 kg. There seems to be some effort trying to win a new club trophy at the club.
BONZE INTERNATIONAL MARLIN SKINS TOURNAMENT – an early season tempter to raise anyone’s blood pressure with $250,000 in cash for the heaviest marlin. Ths is Australasia's richest gamefishing tournament. Bonze International Marlin Skins, 2015. When: February 4 -6th 2015. Where: Mercury Bay Fishing Club, Whitianga. Entry Fee: $1600 per boat. Prize categories: Heaviest marlin on a Bonze lure, Heaviest Marlin on a Trailerboat. Arguably the best time of year and the best location to catch a seriously big blue marlin, which just might make you $250,000 richer! Visit www.marlinfever.com for more details
At the same time what can only be described as the biggest gathering of fishing mad females turn up at the Whangamata Ocean Sports club’s “Nauti Girls” fishing competition. Held on Feb 6th with a rules briefing on the Friday evening of the 5th. Up around 750 female fishers are likely to turn up to compete in fishing and fashion for the best dressed team. The men get to fish for three days starting on the 11th, 12th and 13th in the WOSC Classic, a one base event where close on 500 anglers take to sea in all sizes of boats looking for the elusive “big one”.
Then the nationwide NZSFC Nationals - February 20 – 27, 2016. As an added incentive to the Nationals, has come on Board. Eight days of non-stop fishing action from the top to the bottom of NZ. Who will take out the champion angler awards this year? Which club will boast bragging rights in the interclub sections? Who will be crowned a champion?
When March comes around, keep the 9th to the 12th free. Head up north, the reel north, up to Houhora, to fish in their 22nd one base, where there will be $20,000 up for the heaviest striped marlin. Will it be an east coast win or another west is best season with El~Nino and her south-westerlies a blowing.
Oh if you are stuck at home, check out some historic old boats online go to; www.classicboatsnewzealand.com there are some real classics in here, and some still plying the waves today.
A message from our NZSFC President and genuine good Bloke-Dear Clubs, Members and your families, LegaSea Team and Contractors. On behalf of the NZSFC Board and myself we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy safe New Year. May the fishing and weather Gods treat you well? Remember safety first. We want to see you all back safe and well in the new year, fully charged and ready for another full on year. Many thanks to all of you who have contributed your time and efforts to help our many causes and campaigns during the year. Without your help we would not have been able to achieve the outstanding results that we have. Kind regards and tight Lines Phil Appleyard.
NZ Sport Fishing Council