Jarryd Craven 'Angler of the Year'

Bay of Plenty fishing club members featured prominently in this year’s NZ Sport Fishing Council’s trophy honours list.
Fisherman of the Year and Heaviest Fish of the year were won by Tauranga member Jarryd Craven, who landed a 434.5kg black marlin when livebaiting at Schooner rocks. Jarryd was fishing with his dad Vaughan and girlfriend Laura and it was his second billfish for the day, having earlier tagged and released a striped marlin in the same area using the same method.
Schooner Rock was a productive area for Tauranga Sport Fishing Club members, with Mike Pamment catching a 179.8kg striped marlin there to secure the coveted Lord Norrie Cup.
Mountain Maunganui FC’s Kane Spiers caught the first marlin of the season just a few days after it opened on August 4. Top junior honours went to Whakatane’s Wyatt Johnson.
Whangarei DSAC’s  Brenda Saul was Volunteer of the Year while the top club was Tairua Pauanui SFC.
Trophy recipients were:

First Marlin of the Season Tagged: Cam Rathe – black marlin – 13/02/2021 – Warkworth Gamefish Club; First Marlin of the Season Weighed: Kane Spiers   striped marlin – 96.10kg  – 04/07/2020 ­– Mt Maunganui Fishing Club; Rob Dinsdale Trophy – First Marlin – overall (whether weighed or tagged) Kane Spiers   striped marlin­ – 96.10kg ­– 04/07/2020 ­– Mt Maunganui Fishing Club; Saul Trophy – Most Tagged Game Fish: Marlin Candy13 fish – kingfish 6, mako 6, bronze whaler 1 – Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club; Lord Norrie Gold Cup – Heaviest Striped Marlin of the Season - Mike Pamment 179.80kg –  Schooner Rock Tauranga Sport Fishing Club;       Fisherman of the Year – Heaviest Game Fish of the Season ­–  Jarryd Craven  434.5kg – Schooner Rock – Tauranga Sport Fishing Club; The Peter & Noeline Short Memorial Trophy – Most Tagged Billfish – Alan Langdon – 13 fish – 5 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin, 7 swordfish – Muriwai Sports Fishing Club; The Old Man & the Sea Cup – Most Meritorious Catch ­–  Jarryd Craven – Tauranga Sport Fishing Club; The Top Junior Angler – Most Meritorious catch ­– Wyatt Johnson – Whakatane Sport Fishing Club; Volunteer of the Year: Brenda Saul ­– Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club; Club of the Year: Tairua Pauanui Sport Fishing Club.

The Hart Trophy for the best amateur photo has yet to be decided.

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Grant Dixon and NZSFC.

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