Fishing Report - Issue 972

19 Oct 2021

On Saturday, 2 October we were finally able to hold our club’s Annual General Meeting and despite our Auckland based members being precluded from attending, a very good turnout was achieved. 

During the course of the meeting, our president, Warren Maher, took great pleasure in announcing that after being judged by our peers, the Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club is once again the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s Club of the Year. The trophy for this achievement was awarded to us at the council’s national conference in New Plymouth on Friday and Saturday last week.

As a club, we have managed to produce a very satisfactory financial result for the year despite several major disruptions and have made excellent progress on updating our entire 40-year catch database to spreadsheet form. Even with the fragmented nature of last season, we still managed to weigh just over 1,400 fish, saw another very successful marlin, southern bluefin and yellowfin catch season, and established 20 new club line class records. Foremost of these was Kelly Troughton’s pending New Zealand record for a broadbill swordfish of 137.40kg on 15kg tackle.

On the fishing front things are a little quiet generally, but some quality gurnard are being caught on the drift from around 40m east of Slipper Island and good snapper are taking plastics at the Sugarloaf.

Our next club competition, the Tairua Gull Classic, is scheduled for this Saturday (23 October). Prizes will be awarded for the top three kahawai, snapper and yellowtail kingfish. There will also be a prize for the top lady and top junior, and the overall winner will be presented with the Baden Williams Memorial Trophy. For more information about this popular competition, check out our website ( or contact Damien on (027) 309 3719. 

Our Fish of the Month for September was kahawai and the winning fish of 2.00 kg was caught by Ron Cross who won a 1l bottle of Black Heart Rum sponsored by Asahi. Our Fish of the Month for October is yellowtail kingfish. 

Tight lines, 

Wayne Barnes

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