Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Fishing Report - Issue 921

Excellent weather over the weekend was just what we needed with the Kilwell Sports Interclub Trophy up for grabs in our annual snapper competition. This trophy is contested between the Matarangi Boat and Fishing Club, the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, the Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club and the Whangamata Ocean Sports Club. Each club holds its own snapper tournament on the Saturday of Labour weekend and at the end of the day after a few phone calls we can establish which club managed to catch the heaviest fish.

This year, the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club was able to defend its title and the winning fish was a very respectable 10.46kg snapper caught by Wayne Valder on Tail Walker. Michael Nicholson fishing on Out A Here (7.42kg) and Mark Franklin on G ‘N T (6.60kg) rounded out the placings and while these three guys were happy to be sharing the cash prizes, the club is pleased to be able to keep a hold of the trophy for another year.

With such nice weather spanning the whole of the long weekend, there was no shortage of boats out on the water. Unfortunately, not everybody was successful in their quest to fill the chilli bin and a number of people found it found it quite difficult to even catch enough for a feed. Others didn’t have too much problem and there were some good results from around the Mercury Islands. We have heard from people catching snapper on the sand in the Puddle using softbaits, but there is a lot more positive feedback coming in from people straylining around the rocks and reefs of the Mercury Islands.

With the water starting to warm a bit, we can expect the snapper to move onto the sand in bigger numbers in a few weeks. For now though, the little reefs around the outer islands are holding a lot of fish.

Tight lines,


Pictured: Alan Proctor (right), manager of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, with Wayne Valder, who won the club’s snapper tournament on Saturday last week with an outstanding 10.46kg fish.

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