Current Lines February 2017 Issue 2

Dave Dobbin – outlook for Thursday your guess is good as mine, or please do not believe it’s raining men, or let’s get physical, physical playing those big game fish during the SIMRAD ITM Nationals

Ahipara Gamefish Club has been going since 2006 and today our lady member Rachel Stewart has smashed the heaviest Striped Marlin record by 10kg, which was currently held by Dave Stewart (no relation) back in 2009 with his 166kg.  Rachel was out today on Panic Attack, skippered by Allan Sutherland and with husband John, daughter Cailee and Ryan Wild.  Her Marlin weighed 176kg/37, an amazing effort by this team.  Not in the Nationals which started today, but showed all anglers out today off Ahipara that there is some fish to catch !! Big congrats to Rachel !! 

From Houhora – Profile 1, owned & skippered by Peter Mold had a practice run for the Houhora One Base today with his grandson and son Tim.  No disappointment here, with Tim coming home with a 162.8 kg blue marlin.  The blue was quite a handful from the start eventually dying and heading for the bottom.  Great team work had the fish to the boat just after 3 1/2 hours.  It’s been a great start weather & fish wise for day 1 of the Nationals. Junior angler Jamiro Wells landed his very first marlin today fishing in the Nationals for Houhora on that very lucky boat “Mike’s Stabi” skippered by Mike Allan and coached by Dad (Rob Wells).  Mike has been out three times this season and each time landed a member of his crew a striped marlin.  Jamiro’s fish weighed 105.4 kg and is also the 1st marlin for a junior angler at Houhora.  Redeye’ owner & club member Graham Price was fishing with Warkworth club member John Greensmith in Parengarenga Harbour today and picked up four big trevally and some snapper.  Grahams best was 5.64 kg and he now leads the clubs trevally section and Johns was 5.22 kg. 

5th and final day of Whangaroa One Base and we got some blues on the weigh-station, heaviest was for Roy Bergquist on Albacora with a fish of 183.3kg.  Close 2nd was Jason Wech on Centrefold with a blue of 175.4kg. Tuna / Kingfish section was won by KC.  Shark section by Santana and the billfish section by Albacora.  David Adams who bought the boat Marcus II got the Calcutta money.  Who won the Waiataiti Trophy? Waikato of course, along with the Queensland 10’s.. 

Black Label managed to snag the first marlin for 2017 off Taranaki west coast.  Weight 134kg caught by local Hayden with skipper Duane on board on Feb 11. 

Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club  – Certainly was a different kinda’ Nautigals – Great weather, very few fish, and a major power cut!!! This year’s Air Vanuatu Nautigals tournament was certainly one to be remembered by the 70 teams who joined us for the Saturday and Sunday of Waitangi weekend.  With an overall tally of just 1 Blue Marlin, 1 Stripey , 1 Shortbill Spearfish (a pending Club record on 24kg!), 1 Mahimahi and 1 Yellowtail, there were a great many lucky draws to be won.  It was to be a real Family Affair with the team on “Rookie” – Mum Isabel Mabey, fishing with daughters, and junior anglers, Jessica, and Stevie Mabey with Dad Scott Mabey as Skipper and 7 year old son Richie Mabey as “Deckie”.  Not only did they take out the $1,980 Billfish Bonanza for the tournament, Isabel’s 164.6kg Blue Marlin saw them walking away with the top prize of a trip for 4 to Vanuatu with flights courtesy of Air Vanuatu and $1,500 towards accommodation from the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club.  Well done and Congratulations to the Mabey Family!!  

Tauranga’s beast, the launch Kyrenia with angler Karl Boille came in on Waitangi Day with his 336.1kg blue marlin caught NE of Mayor we were told. 

Kawhia fished well for their recent Onebase with 4 marlin weighed and 3 t/r.  Further north the Counties Locals fished their beloved west coast from the Manukau and have had great success, with multiple hook-ups and losses.  Leading up to the Raglan Onebase, weather permitting a few more will be caught. 

Mount Blue Water classic – Well done to Mitch Pennell for landing a 218.9kg Blue yesterday while fishing in the Decoro Blue Water Classic.  Mitch was fishing aboard “Reel Finatic” skippered by Mark Hemminway.  The team was pulling a Decoro built dredge and hooked the fish on a Zuker Black Skip Jack.  All in stock at Decoro now, 149 Totara St, Mount. 

Gisborne-Tatapouri Fishing Club  – And they’re still coming in!  Junior fisherman Joel Pearse with a nice short-billed spearfish weighing in at 26.40kg caught on 24kg tackle.  In amongst a few striped marlin

Through a weighmaster reading the record book without her glasses, with the angler and skipper not aware of the significance of their catch a potential NZ line class record was missed out on being awarded.  Please get a copy of the 2017 records booklet and keep it on board, at worst you can read it on a quiet day, at best when you catch that one fish you can look it up before you get to the weighstation and suggest it may be close to a record. 


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