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Tauranga Sport Fishing Club Inc

Physical Address 66 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point Marina, Tauranga 3110
Postal Address PO Box 13095, Tauranga 3141
Telephone 07 578 6203
Fax 07 578 9134
Email office@tsfc.co.nz
Club Manager Grant Holley
Bar Manager Jackie Henry
Administrator Cherie Ladkin
Admin Assistant Emma Hurren

Website:  www.tsfc.co.nz

A Brief History

It appears that the Club started in 1922 or 1923 so by 2002 it is some 79 years old. The earliest record about the Club that could be found was in the minutes of the Tauranga Tourist League Committee, at their meeting in November 1924.

The first available records of any game fish caught was for 1929 during which season 85 marlin and 37 mako shark were landed. At this time only five launches were operating. In those early days fishing was based at Southeast Bay on Mayor Island. The Club as such existed as an informal society of members, and it was not until 1937 that the Club became incorporated, and was officially known as the Tauranga Big Game Fishing Club.

In December 1952 the Club had a preliminary meeting with the Trustees of Mayor Island with a view to obtaining a lease of land at Opo Bay (known also as Southeast Bay) for a base. In February 1953 the proposal was agreed to in general terms, and a lease was signed on 17 January 1955. Another aspect of Club activities was the office which they had on Coronation Pier at Tauranga operating as a mainland base which was in radio communication with the island.

The Tauranga Big Game Fishing Club was one of the five founding member clubs in the formation of the New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council in 1957 - now known as the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Inc

In 1984 the Club changed its name by deleting the word 'big' from the name, hence today's 'Tauranga Game Fishing Club'. The decision to relinquish the lease on Mayor Island and close down the base was taken by the Club after long consideration of the benefits of having a shore base at Sulphur Point, Tauranga, which the Club established in its present day clubrooms, officially opened on 7 December 1991. From the date of the official opening the Club has grown from a membership of 400 to around 3500.

The Club membership has a very strong fishing base, and is also enhanced by the community in its social membership.

Hours of Operation



8.30am - 5.00pm

Monday - Friday

Dining Room


11.30am - 2.00 pm

Monday - Friday



5.30pm - 8.30pm

Monday - Thursday



5.30pm - 9.00pm



10.30am - 9.00pm



10.30am - 8.30pm




11.00am - 10.00pm

Monday – Friday


11.00am - 12.00am



11.00am - 10.00 pm


Open at 1.00pm on ANZAC Day

The Club is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday

More details can be found on our Website: www.tsfc.co.nz




TUNA - All About Construction / FIN-NOR Tuna

13 - 15 January

20 - 22 January

LADIES - Bridgeman Concrete Ladies

18 - 19 February

25 - 26 February

(H) NZSFC Nationals (TGFC Hosting)

18 - 25 February

No Reserve

One Base

21 - 24 March

No Reserve

(H) Western Bay Services Police (TGFC Hosting)

1 - 4 April

No Reserve

TGFC / First Mortgage Trust Take A Kid Fishing

14 April

15 April

Fin-Nor Billfish

20 - 22 April

27 - 29 April

(H) Contractors Federation One Day (TGFC Hosting)

28 April

No Reserve

Broadbill Sweepstake

1 May - 30 June


The Tile Depot Snapper Classic

19 - 20 May

26 - 27 May

Fixation Charters Trout

15 - 17 June

22 - 24 June

Protech Alarms Top Gun Challenge

1 July - 31 December


(H/P)) Top Catch Heavy Metal Jigging (TGFC Hosting)

28 - 29 July


(P) Coastal Fishing Charters Albacore / Puka

15 - 16 September (Proposed dates)

22 - 23 September

(P) All About Construction Interclub

13 - 14 October (Proposed dates)

27 - 28 October

(P) Mt Motorcycles / Burnsco Snapper Kingfish

10 - 11 November (Proposed dates)


(H/P) De Coro Softbait (TGFC Hosting)

1 - 2 December

No Reserve

(H) TGFC Hosted tournament

(P) Proposed Tournament Dates

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NZ Sport Fishing Council Inc
PO Box 93, WHANGAREI, 0140
President: Mark Connor
Secretary: Roz Nelson
e-mail - secretary@nzsportfishing.org.nz