Still biggest in contest

Gisborne team in front at The Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza.

Gisborne team in front at The Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza.

GISBORNE angler Chris Spurr and the Eastland Port fishing team still hold the top spot in the The Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza in Northland.

The contest started on Tuesday with the biggest turnout yet in the competition’s seven-year history.

On Wednesday Mr Spurr, the Eastland Debarking team leader, caught the heaviest snapper so far (6.175kg) in his bid for the $30,000 prize for heaviest fish caught during the week.

He and the team have returned at 7am today to the lucky spot where it was caught, and expected the best fishing was going to be this morning.

Yesterday was a layday — a play day for fishing — and nothing counted towards the final bag, which was fortunate for the team as a bigger snapper than Spurr’s was landed.

This year’s event attracted fishers from as far away as Chile and Europe. A record 832 tickets were sold.

Anglers have been fishing over a daunting 3.5m high tide with a waning moon and organisers have reminded participants to stay safe.

The competition runs until 4.30pm on Saturday.

GISBORNE angler Chris Spurr and the Eastland Port fishing team still hold the top spot in the The Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza in Northland.

The contest started on Tuesday with the biggest turnout yet in the competition’s seven-year history.

On Wednesday Mr Spurr, the Eastland Debarking team leader, caught the heaviest snapper so far (6.175kg) in his bid for the $30,000 prize for heaviest fish caught during the week.

He and the team have returned at 7am today to the lucky spot where it was caught, and expected the best fishing was going to be this morning.

Yesterday was a layday — a play day for fishing — and nothing counted towards the final bag, which was fortunate for the team as a bigger snapper than Spurr’s was landed.

This year’s event attracted fishers from as far away as Chile and Europe. A record 832 tickets were sold.

Anglers have been fishing over a daunting 3.5m high tide with a waning moon and organisers have reminded participants to stay safe.

The competition runs until 4.30pm on Saturday.

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