Marsden Cove Hosting Major Northland Contest

Marsden Cove, one of the most popular Northland fishing venues, will be hosting a new look two-day fishing tournament in February 2022 – The Century Batteries Reel Legends Fishing Competition – that is geared towards family participation and conservation.

Northland Reel Legends promoters Brent and Jody Wilson, along with Tony Wheeler from Raising the Bar Promotions, are excited to announce an all-new event that will deliver a weekend set to excite fishing legends young and old.

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The event, which promotes sustainable fishing, will be fished on a measured rather than weighed basis. This format enables anglers to be recognised for some great catches while giving them the option of releasing the fish.

To enter a catch, anglers photograph their fish on an approved measure mat where a measurement reading is visible. The mat and simple instructions are provided in the entry bag along with advice on how to release your fish back into the water. All approved entries are submitted online, which means no standing round in long queues waiting to weigh your fish, making for a simpler day of fishing for both anglers and officials.

The event kicks off with a briefing on Thursday February 17, with fishing the following two days, followed by a prizegiving on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

At this stage the prize list is valued at more than $200,000. There will be two Ramco boat packages up for grabs as well as a $1 reserve auction for a Ford Ranger XLT utility courtesy of Keith Andrew Trucks, Northland.

All early bird entries will go into all five draws for Milwaukee tools with a value of over $10,000. As a bonus, all catches submitted to the Century Batteries Reel Legends Fishing Competition 2022 will automatically go through to the Export NZ Fishing Competition , hosted by NZ Fishing Media, where they’ll be eligible for $20,000+ worth of additional goodies from Shimano and Gourmet Innovations!

The main recipient is the Blue Light Foundation, Northland, for funding towards youth leadership courses. One of the ‘legends’ involved with the event – television’s <ITAL>Gone Fishin’ <>presenter Graeme Sinclair – is patron of the Blue Light movement.


Popular venue

Marsden Cove is a great venue for a fishing tournament, as those who have fished other events there will attest.

There is already a large events marquee in place surrounded by plenty of parking. There is fuel available both on land and at the dock; a three-lane boat ramp; a general store; café; bakery; marine chandlery; boat servicing; and marina berths, the latter available on a first in-first served basis.

Marsden Cove is located close to the entrance of Whangarei harbour which gives access to Bream Bay and the islands of the outer Gulf – with the Hen and Chicken Islands and the Mokohinaus within the tournament boundaries. This area is known for its great fishing, with the harbour also productive at this time of the year for boats not wanting to venture out wide.

The organisers suggest that as accommodation in the area is limited, contestants should book early.

“We expect the local motels and camping grounds – located at Ruakaka, One Tree Point, Mangawhai, Waipu, Waipu Cove  and Whangarei (none no more than 30 minutes from the venue) to be popular, along with Bookabach options,” Brent says.

For more information, go to the website or check out the advertisement elsewhere in this edition.


What: Reel Legends Fishing Competition
Where: Marsden Cove Marina, One Tree Point
When: February 17-19, 2022

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