Fishing comp 'a blast' despite wet weather

UNDER THE UMBRELLA: Peter Beuth and Micaiah Reid came prepared and enjoyed the day despite the drizzle.
THE NOT SO BIG ONE THAT DIDN'T GET AWAY: Louie Wightman won’t break the scales with this little fellow but it’ll do. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Josh Wynands keeps warm as Jack Wynands attends the rod.
Leah Tupara, Nathan Clapperton, Kyle Tupara and Ryan Clapperton came prepared for the cold.
LINES OUT: William, Bully-Duke and Justin Madoc were catching fish along the riverside near Wattie’s wharf
Contestants lined the shore on Saturday.
Jack Bellingham waits patiently for a bite.
Bevan Edwards, Toby Lane and Julie Reichenbach measurning up the catch.
Cory Carpendale shows off his crustacean catch.

THE wet weather was not a deterrent for many families who took part in the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club’s annual kids’ fishing contest on Saturday.

Club captain Dave “Scruffy” Wallace said the event ran to plan, with more than 250 entries.

“It was a blast, everyone loved it. We went ahead with the competition, despite the weather, and I believe it was the right decision because the feedback I have had has been great.”

The club partnered with Gisborne Police Blue Light, Tatapouri Restaurant and Premier Homes to provide more than $7000 worth of prizes.

A 6.615kg snapper, caught by Foni Lauti off a boat, was the catch of the day.

The annual event features boat and shore fishing. The shore event was held between the Portside apartments and Waikanae Stream.

TV show host Mandy Kupenga, from Get Your Fish On, was on hand to encourage the young anglers.

“I was stoked to see so many parents and kids down at the wharf or on a boat,” Mr Wallace said.

“The event went without a hitch. It is a lot of work to get these competitions under way. It was a big effort but we got there in the end.”

Tatapouri Restaurant’s Darrel Gregory said entries exceeded last year.

“There were heaps of entries, over 280 I believe, so many more than we expected. The kids seemed to really enjoy it.”

A free sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, refreshment and food stalls were set up near the fishing zone.

THE wet weather was not a deterrent for many families who took part in the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club’s annual kids’ fishing contest on Saturday.

Club captain Dave “Scruffy” Wallace said the event ran to plan, with more than 250 entries.

“It was a blast, everyone loved it. We went ahead with the competition, despite the weather, and I believe it was the right decision because the feedback I have had has been great.”

The club partnered with Gisborne Police Blue Light, Tatapouri Restaurant and Premier Homes to provide more than $7000 worth of prizes.

A 6.615kg snapper, caught by Foni Lauti off a boat, was the catch of the day.

The annual event features boat and shore fishing. The shore event was held between the Portside apartments and Waikanae Stream.

TV show host Mandy Kupenga, from Get Your Fish On, was on hand to encourage the young anglers.

“I was stoked to see so many parents and kids down at the wharf or on a boat,” Mr Wallace said.

“The event went without a hitch. It is a lot of work to get these competitions under way. It was a big effort but we got there in the end.”

Tatapouri Restaurant’s Darrel Gregory said entries exceeded last year.

“There were heaps of entries, over 280 I believe, so many more than we expected. The kids seemed to really enjoy it.”

A free sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, refreshment and food stalls were set up near the fishing zone.

Competition results

Junior boat heaviest snapper: Foni Lauti, 6.61, Hahau, 1; Julia Price, 0.8, Arty, 2; Josiah Akania, 0.8 Arty, 3.

Junior boat heaviest tarakihi: Atiai Mesui, 1.25, Hahau, 1; Mystic Nepe, 1.1, Izer, 2; Lara Wallace, 0.55, Touchwood, 3.

Junior boat heaviest kahawai: James Price, 1.85, Arty, 1; Jordan Barratt, 1.78, Distraction, 2; Dale Kernohan, 1.61, Tomkat, 3.

Junior boat heaviest other: Tennessee Kemp, 11.66, Rakaunui, 1.

Junior boat heaviest barracouta: Theo Weatherley, 3.5, Gazebo, 1; Duncan Carmichael, 3.25, Kereru, 2.

Junior boat heaviest trevally: Lennox Weatherley, 2.65, Gazebo, 1; Jake Grisdale, 1.335, Touchwood, 2.

Junior shore heaviest fish, 0-6 years: George Donaldson, 1; Angus Webby, 2; Ted Garnham, 3.

Junior shore heaviest fish, 7-11yrs: Tony Cornwall, 1; Maya Waikari, 2; Brodie Scott, 3.

Junior shore heaviest fish, 12-16yrs: Jaedyn Taylor, 1; Ariana Houlihan, 2; Ralph Allen, 3.

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