Hapuka Hunt a huge success

HAPPY HUNTERS: The Te Puka Hunting and Fishing Club’s Hapuka Hunt went off well last Friday and Saturday at Tokomaru Bay. Benicio (front) and Nyan Dewes (back) did well fishing off the boat Vitiman-Sea. Pictures supplied
The beach anglers did well too, among them Elija (left) and Caleb Swann. Elijah won the beach fishing kahawai section.

IT was third time lucky for Te Puka Hunting and Fishing Club’s annual Hapuka Hunt at Tokomaru Bay on Friday and Saturday, and one of the organisers said they could not have been happier with the outcome.

There were 30 boats and 100 anglers registered for the boat section of the competition, and 58 who fished from the Tokomaru Bay beach.

“We had 27 entrants in our sandcastle competition, so all in all it was a huge success,” said spokeswoman Bridgette Penny.

The event had to be postponed twice because of bad weather and sea conditions.

There were $17,000-worth of prizes on the line for the competition, based at Tokomaru Bay’s Te Puka Tavern.

“It was a fantastic event, with more than double the number of entries in the boat section than last year. We are thrilled with how it went,” she said.

“We were certainly blessed with the weather and our wide range of sponsors.”

The fish caught were auctioned off at the end of each day’s fishing.

“The auctions were just incredible, with so many people keen to get fresh fish at a good price.”

Results

Beach fishing: Aniwa Moana, gurnard, 0.400 kg; Elijah Swann, kahawai, 2.63kg; Rendall McDonald, kahawai, 2.17kg; Tarquinn Collins, kahawai, 2.01kg. Tarakihi: Alice Black 1.1kg; James McKay 0.8kg and 0.7kg. Snapper: George Henare 0.93kg, Nga Aurupa 0.79kg, Daniel Fogarty 0.69kg.

Non-scale: Daniel Fogarty, 21.430kg; Haapi Maxwell, 11.015kg; Rendall McDonald, 8.31kg.

Boat fishing:

Open, hapuka/bass: Ben Hindmarsh (Lady J), 33.9kg; Joe Chaffey (Lady J 2) 33.8kg; Ted Destounis (Perfect Catch), 29.8kg; Joel Ferris (Salty Dog) 27.1kg; Ted Destounis 27kg; Blake Henry (Perfect Catch) 25.8kg and 25kg; Ted Destounis 24.700kg.

Blue Nose: Joss Chaffey (Lady J 2) 23.8kg; Joe Chaffey (Lady J 2) 20.9kg; Shayde Skudder (Miss Hayven) 20kg; Goongie (Lady Jane 2) 18.5kg; Chris Stone (Rhythm) 17.9kg; Mahi Lauti (Hahau) 17.4kg; Tangi Mesul (Hahau) 17kg; Blake Henry 15.5kg.

Barracuda: David Coleman (Marino) 5kg; Clive (Koutunui) 4.7kg.

Game fish: James Thomas (Salty Dog) 9.1kg; Rocky Pardoe (Lady J) 3.4kg.

Gem fish: Mahi Lauti 10.9kg; Tangi Mesul 9.3kg.

Kahawai: Tangi Mesul 2.8kg; John Neilson (Sea Wolf) 2.3kg.

Kingfish: Joel Ferris 19kg; James Thomas 17.4kg.

Snapper: John Neilson (Sea Wolf) 3.7kg; Clive (Koutunui) 3.4kg.

Tarakihi: David Coleman 2.9kg; Hona Taiapa (Marino) 2.8kg.

Trumpeter: Pawiri Gibson (Pono) 4.4kg.

Under 12 years:

Kahawai: James McKay (Reel Chaos) 2.3kg; Nyan Dewes (Vitiman-Sea) 2.1kg; Alice Black (Cruise) 1.8kg.

Snapper: Ryley Phillips-Pethybridge (Too Much) 1.6kg; James McKay 1.4kg; Alice Black 1.3kg.

Tarakihi: Alice Black 1.1kg; James McKay 0.8kg and 0.7kg.

IT was third time lucky for Te Puka Hunting and Fishing Club’s annual Hapuka Hunt at Tokomaru Bay on Friday and Saturday, and one of the organisers said they could not have been happier with the outcome.

There were 30 boats and 100 anglers registered for the boat section of the competition, and 58 who fished from the Tokomaru Bay beach.

“We had 27 entrants in our sandcastle competition, so all in all it was a huge success,” said spokeswoman Bridgette Penny.

The event had to be postponed twice because of bad weather and sea conditions.

There were $17,000-worth of prizes on the line for the competition, based at Tokomaru Bay’s Te Puka Tavern.

“It was a fantastic event, with more than double the number of entries in the boat section than last year. We are thrilled with how it went,” she said.

“We were certainly blessed with the weather and our wide range of sponsors.”

The fish caught were auctioned off at the end of each day’s fishing.

“The auctions were just incredible, with so many people keen to get fresh fish at a good price.”

Results

Beach fishing: Aniwa Moana, gurnard, 0.400 kg; Elijah Swann, kahawai, 2.63kg; Rendall McDonald, kahawai, 2.17kg; Tarquinn Collins, kahawai, 2.01kg. Tarakihi: Alice Black 1.1kg; James McKay 0.8kg and 0.7kg. Snapper: George Henare 0.93kg, Nga Aurupa 0.79kg, Daniel Fogarty 0.69kg.

Non-scale: Daniel Fogarty, 21.430kg; Haapi Maxwell, 11.015kg; Rendall McDonald, 8.31kg.

Boat fishing:

Open, hapuka/bass: Ben Hindmarsh (Lady J), 33.9kg; Joe Chaffey (Lady J 2) 33.8kg; Ted Destounis (Perfect Catch), 29.8kg; Joel Ferris (Salty Dog) 27.1kg; Ted Destounis 27kg; Blake Henry (Perfect Catch) 25.8kg and 25kg; Ted Destounis 24.700kg.

Blue Nose: Joss Chaffey (Lady J 2) 23.8kg; Joe Chaffey (Lady J 2) 20.9kg; Shayde Skudder (Miss Hayven) 20kg; Goongie (Lady Jane 2) 18.5kg; Chris Stone (Rhythm) 17.9kg; Mahi Lauti (Hahau) 17.4kg; Tangi Mesul (Hahau) 17kg; Blake Henry 15.5kg.

Barracuda: David Coleman (Marino) 5kg; Clive (Koutunui) 4.7kg.

Game fish: James Thomas (Salty Dog) 9.1kg; Rocky Pardoe (Lady J) 3.4kg.

Gem fish: Mahi Lauti 10.9kg; Tangi Mesul 9.3kg.

Kahawai: Tangi Mesul 2.8kg; John Neilson (Sea Wolf) 2.3kg.

Kingfish: Joel Ferris 19kg; James Thomas 17.4kg.

Snapper: John Neilson (Sea Wolf) 3.7kg; Clive (Koutunui) 3.4kg.

Tarakihi: David Coleman 2.9kg; Hona Taiapa (Marino) 2.8kg.

Trumpeter: Pawiri Gibson (Pono) 4.4kg.

Under 12 years:

Kahawai: James McKay (Reel Chaos) 2.3kg; Nyan Dewes (Vitiman-Sea) 2.1kg; Alice Black (Cruise) 1.8kg.

Snapper: Ryley Phillips-Pethybridge (Too Much) 1.6kg; James McKay 1.4kg; Alice Black 1.3kg.

Tarakihi: Alice Black 1.1kg; James McKay 0.8kg and 0.7kg.

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