Brilliant fishing weather for tuna and marlin tournament

EVERYTHING has lined up for anglers taking part from today in the four-day Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club’s annual Liquorland Tuna and Marlin Tournament.

Club president Roger Faber said the weather and water temperature was looking brilliant.

“We were a bit concerned earlier in the week with Cyclone Gita in the Pacific but it has slowed up and everything is looking good for four days of fishing.”

Water temperatures are a lot warmer than normal.

“There was a marlin tagged and released by the boat Glistening Waters this week so we know the fish are out
there and, with the weather looking so good, we are heading to another successful competition.”

The annual tuna and marlin hunt has a $50,000 prize purse.

The club is expecting about 100 boats and 400 anglers for the competition, with entries from all over the North Island. About 10 launches from Hawke’s Bay will fill up the inner harbour.

It is the fifth year of an interclub competition between Mahia, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, run in conjunction with the tournament. Hawke’s Bay holds the trophy.

“Hawke’s Bay won it for the first time last year and hopefully we will get it back again.”

There had been no issues with people jumping into the inner harbour since the Maori wardens had been looking after the ramp area, Mr Faber said.

However, there would potentially be parking issues in the area with the work on redevelopment of the inner harbour under way. Eastland Port had started work on its lower log yard, so this was not available for boat parking as it had been in recent times for big competitions.

As well as the town ramp, boats were able to use the Tatapouri ramp, Mr Faber said.

Among prizes in the tournament is $10,000 for the heaviest marlin or tuna.

To make the competition even, the weight of a tuna is doubled.

Anyone wanting to see fish weighed in should go to the club at 4pm-6pm on the first three days and between 2pm-4pm on Sunday.

EVERYTHING has lined up for anglers taking part from today in the four-day Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club’s annual Liquorland Tuna and Marlin Tournament.

Club president Roger Faber said the weather and water temperature was looking brilliant.

“We were a bit concerned earlier in the week with Cyclone Gita in the Pacific but it has slowed up and everything is looking good for four days of fishing.”

Water temperatures are a lot warmer than normal.

“There was a marlin tagged and released by the boat Glistening Waters this week so we know the fish are out
there and, with the weather looking so good, we are heading to another successful competition.”

The annual tuna and marlin hunt has a $50,000 prize purse.

The club is expecting about 100 boats and 400 anglers for the competition, with entries from all over the North Island. About 10 launches from Hawke’s Bay will fill up the inner harbour.

It is the fifth year of an interclub competition between Mahia, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, run in conjunction with the tournament. Hawke’s Bay holds the trophy.

“Hawke’s Bay won it for the first time last year and hopefully we will get it back again.”

There had been no issues with people jumping into the inner harbour since the Maori wardens had been looking after the ramp area, Mr Faber said.

However, there would potentially be parking issues in the area with the work on redevelopment of the inner harbour under way. Eastland Port had started work on its lower log yard, so this was not available for boat parking as it had been in recent times for big competitions.

As well as the town ramp, boats were able to use the Tatapouri ramp, Mr Faber said.

Among prizes in the tournament is $10,000 for the heaviest marlin or tuna.

To make the competition even, the weight of a tuna is doubled.

Anyone wanting to see fish weighed in should go to the club at 4pm-6pm on the first three days and between 2pm-4pm on Sunday.

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