NZSFC Grand Slam Clubs
The NZSFC introduced grand slam clubs for it anglers fishing in New Zealand some time back. They are unique to New Zealand and serve as a supreme award for a life time of angling. To qualify for a slam club an angler must catch one of each type specified for each of the awards and meet the minimum weight requirements for each fish. All fish to be eligible to qualify towards your grand slam must be caught in accordance with angling rules for IGFA and NZSFC. You must have proof of capture (certificate, club year book, or photo of your fish with weigh board information included). All claims must be endorsed and verified by your club secretary. Your club must have been affiliated at the time of capture. These are life time awards and retrospective captures count provided the requirements are met. There are 5 different slam clubs which are listed below. To see who have won Slam Awards to date, please scroll to the end.
THE BILLFISH SLAM & Minimum Weights
- STRIPED MARLIN – 100 kg
- BLUE MARLIN – 150 kg
- BLACK MARLIN – 150 kg
- BROADBILL – 110 kg
- SPEARFISH – 10 kg
THE SHARK SLAM
- THRESHER – 120 kg
- WHALER – 120 kg
- MAKO – 160 kg
- HAMMERHEAD – 100 kg
- BLUE – 100 kg
THE TUNA SLAM
- YELLOWFIN – 35 kg
- BIGEYE – 25 kg
- BLUEFIN – 100 kg
- ALBACORE – 10 kg
- SKIPJACK – 5 kg
Tuna slams claims the fish must also exceed the line weight.
THE INSHORE SLAM
- SNAPPER – 10.00 kg
- KINGFISH – 25.00 kg
- KAHAWAI – 3.00 kg
- TREVALLY – 5.00 kg
- JOHN DORY – 2.00 kg
The Inshore Slam includes a land based section
THE SOUTHERN SLAM
- MAKO – 40 kg
- THRESHER – 40 kg
- PORBEAGLE – 40 kg
- BLUE SHARK – 40 kg
- ALBACORE – exceed line weight
- BLUEFIN TUNA (Northern Pacific or Southern) – exceed line weight
- SLENDER – exceed line weight
- KINGFISH – exceed line weight
For the Southern slam all qualifying fish must be caught in the South Island Fishing Grounds.
BILLFISH TAGGING SLAM Species
- STRIPED MARLIN
- BLUE MARLIN
- BLACK MARLIN
To qualify the following criteria will apply
- All fish must be caught and tagged in New Zealand Waters (200 economic zone)
- The slam must be applied for, the application must be endorsed and verified true and accurate by the club secretary whom the applicant belongs to and endorsed by the appropriate Fishing Committee (if applicable) of that club.
- Proof will be by an official catch card recognized by the NZSFC, by verification from a club year book or magazine. The club must have been affiliated to the NZSFC at the time of capture.
- IGFA & NZSFC rules are to be observed.
- A plaque or certificate will be issued if the slam is awarded.
- The recipient is to be honoured in the Council’s annual yearbook.
To apply send details of your qualifying fish to the NZSFC secretary at PO Box 54-242, The Marina, Auckland 2144. Inquiries can be made to email@example.com
Grand Slam winners to date:
Presented at the AGM held 29th & 30th September 2006
Billfish Slam – Alain Jorion
473.20 kg Black Marlin; 235.20 kg Blue Marlin; 145 kg Striped marlin; 116 kg Broadbill; 23.80 kg Spearfish.
All the above were caught on stand-up gear
Pesented at the AGM held 28th & 29th September 2007
Tuna Slam – Alain Jorion – Waihau Bay Sports Fishing Club Inc
5.60 kg Skipjack; 10.91 Albacore; 265 kg Northern/Pacific Bluefin; 52.76 kg Bigeye & 54 kg Yellowfin
Presented at the AGM held 25th & 26th September 2009
Inshore Slam – Scott Tindale – Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club Inc
10.27 kg Snapper, 32 kg Yellowtail; 3.052 kg Kahawai; 5.362 kg Trevally and 3.10 kg John Dory
Presented at the AGM held 16th and 17th September 2016
Tuna Slam – Wayne Bicknell – Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club
Presented at the AGM held on the 15th and 16th of September 2017
Snapper 11.63 kg, Kingfish 31.00 kg, Kahawai 3.710 kg, John Dory 2.090 kg, Trevally 5.055 kg
Blue Marlin 180.20kg, Black Marlin 150 kg, Striped Marlin 150.10 kg, Spearfish 30.4kg, Swordfish 175 kg
Billfish Tagging Slam
26 February 2015 Shortbilled Spearfish, 20 February 2016 Black Marlin, 20 February 2016 Striped Marlin, 4 June 2017 Broadbill, 1 February 2017 Blue Marlin