Once more unto the beach

Chris Spurr remains in the lead after four days of the Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza.

Chris Spurr remains in the lead after four days of the Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza.

IT'S a case of once more unto the beach today for a Gisborne angler, as he waits to see if he remains top of the leaderboard on the final day of the Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza.

Eastland Debarking team leader Chris Spurr remains in the lead after four days of the competition and is now just one day away from a $30,000 prize.

The 6.175kg snapper he pulled in on Wednesday has still not been beaten.

He and his Eastland Port sponsored team mates Chad Prentice (Wairoa), Sam Morrison and Nick Powis (Hawke’s Bay), are also leading the team competition.

“It’s hard not to think about winning,” Mr Spurr said.

“I’ve never been this close to such a big victory. I’ve been thinking that by now it would have been taken out ... that a bigger snapper would have been caught. I’m still thinking it will be, because the fishing looks good today. But yeah, for sure, it will be on my mind if it's midday and it still hasn’t gone.”

Fishing finishes at 4.30pm today, with results available one hour later.

The Eastland Port team caught six snapper yesterday. Four were weighed and the kilograms were added to the team’s total for the week. The team in second place are previous winners and just 4.5kg behind.

Mr Spurr said the team would fish strategically today.

They would to split up and “cover their bases”. Two men would fish an area where they expected to catch multiple snapper. The other two men would fish an area where they expected to catch big snapper.

“Today is the last day and it’s going to be all on between 7am and 10am. If we get our team limit of six snapper, we could take out the competition. If we struggle then we could get pipped at the post.”

The quartet have already earned $2600 in cash prizes. Altogether there is $4000 to be won in the team competition and Mr Spurr will earn $30,000 if his snapper remains the heaviest.

The team already agreed to share any winnings.

“It’s just such a thrill to be competing against the best anglers from here and overseas and to be doing well at the biggest surf casting competition in the country. It's hard work but we love it.”

IT'S a case of once more unto the beach today for a Gisborne angler, as he waits to see if he remains top of the leaderboard on the final day of the Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza.

Eastland Debarking team leader Chris Spurr remains in the lead after four days of the competition and is now just one day away from a $30,000 prize.

The 6.175kg snapper he pulled in on Wednesday has still not been beaten.

He and his Eastland Port sponsored team mates Chad Prentice (Wairoa), Sam Morrison and Nick Powis (Hawke’s Bay), are also leading the team competition.

“It’s hard not to think about winning,” Mr Spurr said.

“I’ve never been this close to such a big victory. I’ve been thinking that by now it would have been taken out ... that a bigger snapper would have been caught. I’m still thinking it will be, because the fishing looks good today. But yeah, for sure, it will be on my mind if it's midday and it still hasn’t gone.”

Fishing finishes at 4.30pm today, with results available one hour later.

The Eastland Port team caught six snapper yesterday. Four were weighed and the kilograms were added to the team’s total for the week. The team in second place are previous winners and just 4.5kg behind.

Mr Spurr said the team would fish strategically today.

They would to split up and “cover their bases”. Two men would fish an area where they expected to catch multiple snapper. The other two men would fish an area where they expected to catch big snapper.

“Today is the last day and it’s going to be all on between 7am and 10am. If we get our team limit of six snapper, we could take out the competition. If we struggle then we could get pipped at the post.”

The quartet have already earned $2600 in cash prizes. Altogether there is $4000 to be won in the team competition and Mr Spurr will earn $30,000 if his snapper remains the heaviest.

The team already agreed to share any winnings.

“It’s just such a thrill to be competing against the best anglers from here and overseas and to be doing well at the biggest surf casting competition in the country. It's hard work but we love it.”

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winston moreton - 7 months ago
Durapanel 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza

Our Eastland Port-sponsored team have won over $30,000 at the national surf casting competition at 90 Mile Beach. The victors deserve a ticker tape parade for showing, once again, the sporting talent across so many codes that hail from Tairawhiti.
There is one jarring note. The sponsorship is via our community-owned Eastland Community Trust. Our electricity trust, which owns the Eastland Group which owns the port Company. In short, it is money siphoned from our community pockets which sponsored the team. Would ratepayers approve rates being used to fund council employees in professional sport?
I hope the team return to win again next year; but without funding from our community-owned assets. That money should go to reducing power bills and relieving poverty that causes family hardship throughout in our district.

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