With this year’s Simrad Nationals over and the chanting of “Queen’s” classic foot stomping song “we are the champions my friend”, and we will keep on playing (fish) till the end, we are the Champions, we are the Champions!
From Krissy Saunderson Clevedon Game Fish Club; Had our Clevedon Game Fishing Club competition last week out off Fitzroy, 4 Blues weighed, 8 Striped Marlin tagged, NZ record Shortbill caught, over 30kgs Yellowfin weighed and bulk Mahimahi caught as well. Where were they caught? Everywhere, but Banks and 155 was going off. There was a 144kg Broadbill caught on a lure in 100m by Cuvier as well.
From above; So we were based at the Barrier fishing the nationals, as well as the Clevedon One Base, which started on the Wednesday. During the day we heard a boat call up and say they had landed a Black. When they pulled into weigh in, it was actually a Sword that had taken a lure during the day. It was those boys first ever billfish, weighing 144kg. Trying to get a few more details on lure and location caught. I think it was caught in 80-90 metres between Cuvier and the Barrier. 2.5 hour fight on stand up gear and apparently a hard time at the boat with it.
Epic day on the boat today. Went out of Whakatane towards White Island chasing big fish. I thought I’d give dropping for Broadbill a go. First ever drop ended up battling for 3h10mins with this guy. I managed to come out on top, just!!! It weighed 264.2kg. Well done Clinton Avery.
From the Naki; Where to fish and what VHF channel do we use? Channel 61 is Naki Coastguard, channel 3, chat channel. Likely places are straight off port, or islands, or north, pretty much widespread anywhere from 80-100mtrs, some fish in even closer possibly. Find the right bait and you got a good chance. Ask some locals down at the port or Fishing Club, most are willing to give advice. Fishing has its good days down here, many a day the tally is over 20, with a couple getting real close to 30. Last time the fishing was this consistent the club nearly reached 300 for the season! Dropped a beauty today boat side, got one wrap on leader before hooks pulled.
What a weekend at the W.S. Laurie & Co. WEST COASTER!! We have had some impressive fish come in over the tournament. This afternoon we’ve had
2016 Simrad Nationals Please find attached the Final results for the 2016 Simrad Nationals.
1. For Section One to Five Results click here
2. For Section Six to Ten Results click here
3. For Section Eleven to Fifteen Results click here
4. For Braid Section Results click here
5. For Total Catch and Tagged Fish Numbers click
The Winner of the Day One draw in the Simrad Nationals is Rich Hull from the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club. The winning prize is a Simrad Handheld VHF Marine Radio. Well done Rich
The winning prize is a Simrad Handheld VHF Marine Radio. Well done Wayne.
The Winner of the Day Three
The Winner of the Day Four draw in the Simrad Nationals is Thomas Menefy from the Waihau Bay Sports Fishing Club. The winning prize is a Simrad NSS7 evo2 Basemap Touch Screen Navigation System. Well done Thomas
The Winner of the Day Five draw in the Simrad Nationals is Ron Inkster from the Warkworth Gamefish Club. The winning prize is a Simrad NSS9 evo2 Basemap Touch Screen Navigation System. Well done Ron
The Winner of the Day Six draw in the Simrad Nationals is Nick Fistonich from the Muriwai Sports Fishing Club. The winning prize is a Simrad NSS9 evo2 Basemap Touch Screen Navigation System. Well done Nick.
The Winner of the Day Seven draw and major prize in the Simrad Nationals is Don Stanaway from the Te Kaha Sport Fishing Club. The winning prize is a Simrad NSS12 evo2 Basemap Touch Screen Navigation System. Well done Don. And a big thank you to Simrad for supporting the Nationals again in 2016.
From Tutukaka, Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club; Veteran Stuart Smith recently fished the Nationals on the family launch “Conchita”, with team “Dads Army”, winning second place team champions in the Yellowtail section. Stuart won the NZ Champion Angler Yellowtail section 16.54 kg on 6 kg line, 3rd place in the tuna 24 kg line class with his Yellowfin weighing 35.4 kg, as well as 6 kg line class Yellowtail champion. Not bad for a spritely