The New Zealand Fishing Competition
More than just a Fishing Contest - it’s time to measure up!
The NZ Fishing Competition is a totally new concept that allows anglers from anywhere in New Zealand to enter their catches on-line and compare them with others from around the country.
With this unique contest, fish to be entered are photographed lying on a purpose-made official measure with a digital camera, The photos are uploaded to The NZ Fishing Competition website (www.fishingcomp.co.nz) and fish length, rather than weight, is the criteria for “who has the biggest.”
A series of leaderboards displays the names of the most successful anglers, with the very best catches making it into a permanent ‘Fishing Hall of Fame’.
The contest includes the following species caught using a rod and reel: snapper; kingfish; kahawai; trevally; gurnard; tarakihi; john dory; blue cod, blue moki; hapuku/bass and trout.
There is a strong environmental aspect to the competition, and if the angler wishes to release a trophy fish it can be quickly photographed on the measure and returned to the water.
The type of fishing activity (such as boat, beach, rocks, kayaks and jetskis) as well as the technique used is recorded at the time of uploading to Fishingcomp.co.nz , and these are destined to become separate leaderboards over time. Freshwater fishing for trout will have leaderboards for fly or lures.
Entry to The NZ Fishing Competition costs $29.95 + $4.95 freight (if bought on-line) which includes the price of the official measure. If you’re fishing with a mate who already has a measure, then a registration only option is available for just $19.95. Measures will also be made available from selected retailers – check www.fishingcomp.co.nz for details.
While there will be a significant drawn prize for each of the eligible species, the main aim of the competition is to recognise some great fishing achievements right throughout the year while having some friendly competition with your fishing buddies.The main prizes include 2 Bradley six-rack smokers to be drawn from the top 30% of entries for the snapper and kingfish sections and a range of Fin-Nor rod and reel combo sets for both drawn and longest fish in each of the other species categories.
Fishing is often about some good-hearted, friendly rivalry between mates and the NZ Fishing Competition captures that aspect of what many New Zealanders enjoy about fishing. The inaugural year finishes 31st March 2013.
Click on the NZ Fishing Competition website for more