The DB Export NZ Fishing Competition is off to a flying start with several former species champions joined by some new faces on the leaderboards.
Mokau ‘regular’ Geoff Preston, who currently occupies three spots in the species’ Hall of Fame top 10, leads the snapper section with a 83.5cm entry, caught on bait. Also using bait were the two current runners-up – Nigel Sylva 83.0 (Fisherman’s Table) and Maurice Bulford 81.5 (Kaipara).
Craig Miller, who occupies seventh spot in the kingfish Hall of Fame, is leading the species with a 139.0cm entry caught on a bait out of Gisborne. Runner-up is ninth placed Hall of Famer Reese Claxton with a 137.5cm Kapiti caught fish, also taken on a bait.
Blue cod honours go to Dunedin’s Chris Birch who caught 56.5 and 56.0 entries three days apart. Ryan Phillips is the first -equal blue moki leader. The ninth placed Hall of Famer entered a jig caught 63.5cm fish while co-leader Leigh Tuuta, fishing out of Kaikoura with bait, landed the same length fish.
Not surprisingly the first five trout on the leaderboard were all taken on soft-baits out of the canals at Twizel. David Green is the leader and third placed Hall of Famer with a massive 91.0cm entry.
The kahawai section is headed by Jeremy Cowling with a 59.5cm Akaroa-caught entry, just half a centimetre ahead of Antz Morgan’s 59.0cm fish caught at Fantail Bay at the top of the Coromandel. A jig fished in Kapiti waters produced the leading 54.0cm gurnard for Kieran Rawlinson while Warkworth’s Dave Adams travelled to the Three Kings to nail a 71cm trevally.
The best tarakihi measured 53.0cm and was landed by Scott Marriott on a bait while Michael Mitchell jigged up a 58.0cm john dory at D’Urville Island to head that species.
The DB Export Competition runs from April 1 to March 31 each year and is based on length rather than weight. Using a smartphonefriendly website and an official competition measure, anglers can compete nationwide in 10 popular recreational species.
Each month there is a lucky angler prize drawn from among all those who entered a fish – it doesn’t have to be a winning one.
At the end of the season, the champion anglers are all rewarded with a great prize and there are a number of drawn prizes for each species, including an overall grand prize of Shimano tackle and day’s charter fishing with one of the country’s top operations.
If you make your catch on Shimano tackle, include it in the photo and you will go in the draw for some extra Shimano prize product.
How to enter
The entry fee, valued at $19.95, is free thanks to naming-right sponsor DB Export.
Go to www.fishingcomp.co.nz to enter and to find out where to obtain an official measure.
As there are a number of prize draws, your catch doesn’t necessarily have to be the biggest to win.
Place your catch on the measure and take several digital photos that clearly show the fish and its length.
Then upload the photos for approval by the competition’s admin team and loaded onto the leader-boards.
Feel free to include a hi-res photo of you with your catch as well – it might just make it onto these pages!
Current Leaderboards (as at 10/5/19)
|Trevally||Dave Adams||Three Kings||71.0|
|John dory||Michael Mitchell||D’Urville||58.0|
|Blue cod||Chris Birch||Dunedin||56.5|
|Blue moki||Ryan Phillips||Cook Strait||63.5|
09 June 2019