Impressive catches earn NZ Sport Fishing Council trophies
There were some impressive fish captures in the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s 2016/17 annual trophy list, including a world record swordfish and a ‘grander’ blue marlin, both caught out of trailerboats.
Nicky Sinden’s 361.0kg swordfish, recently ratified as a women’s 60kg tackle world record, also saw her take out the coveted ‘Old Man and the Sea Trophy for the most meritorious catch of the season. The fish was caught on stand-up tackle in the vicinity of the Garden Patch, out from Whangaroa.
Muriwai club member Wade Wilson, fishing out of Ahipara, landed a 466kg blue marlin to claim the heaviest gamefish of the season and Fisherman of the Year honours. The biggest striped marlin went to Mt Maunganui’s Carey Wilson who landed a 196.6kg fish near Astrolabe reef, also out of a trailerboat.
Billfish tagging honours this year went to Houhora club’s Donna Pascoe, fishing aboard Gladiator with eight striped and three blue marlin to her credit. Whangaroa club’s Baily McIntyre took out the overall tagging award for 12 yellowtail, 10 blue shark, 8 mako and 2 bronze whaler.
First marlin of the season (tagged) Kyle Ridling, Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club 03/07/2016; (weighed) Jason Poninghouse Manukau Sport Fishing Club 31/12/2016; Rob Dinsdale Trophy (First marlin – overall whether weighed or tagged), Kyle Ridling; Saul Trophy – Most Tagged Game Fish - Baily McIntyre Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club 32 (12 yellowtail, 10 blue shark, 8 mako, 2 bronze whalers) Lord Norrie Gold Cup – Heaviest Striped Marlin of the Season - Carey Wilson 196.6kg, Mt Maunganui Sport Fishing Club: Fisherman of the Year – Heaviest Game Fish of the Season - Wade Wilson, 466 kg blue marlin, Muriwai Sport Fishing Club; The Peter & Noeline Short Memorial Trophy – Most Tagged Billfish - Donna Pascoe, Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club 11 (8 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin); The Old Man & the Sea Cup – Most Meritorious Catch - Nicky Sinden Ahipara Game Fish Club, 361kg broadbill on Stand up Gear; Top Junior Angler – Most Meritorious Catch - Samantha Hayes, Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club, blue marlin : The Hart Trophy – Best Live Marine Photo taken by an Amateur - Angela Greenhalgh, Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, striped marlin.
11 August 2017