With any luck, the warm waters will bring a range of bluewater species within reach of the trailerboat fleet, which has steadily grown over the Trailer Boat Tournament 2022
2022 is set to be a big tournament fishing year. With warm water already pushing its way down past the top of the North Island, clubs across the country are preparing for a big season. last two years. Tauranga Sport Fishing Club’s annual trailerboat tournament is set to be a big one, with new naming rights sponsor Raymarine joining the already well established team of backers. The tournament is scheduled to take place across January 28 and 29, 2022, with briefing held 27 January. Should weather prevent the tournament from running, a reserve weekend of February 4-5 has been set.
The Raymarine Trailerboat Tournament is the ideal combination of a competitive sportfishing tournament but with opportunities for the whole family. This tournament is open to trailer boats, kayaks and jet skis and the prize pool has grown over the years thanks to the great support of sponsors. While everyone is out there to enjoy the fishing, there’s no doubt that prizes are on everyone’s minds. The tournament boasts a strong sponsor pool, and along with it some exciting brand ambassadors
who will be on-site for the duration of the tournament. Such ambassadors include Scott & Mig from Fishing & Adventure, as well as returning MC Kelvin Cruickshank from Reel & Rifle.
The Raymarine electronics caravan will also be in town, offering up free morning coffees at the ramp each day. The measure aspect of the tournament is run online, with anglers able to upload a photo of their catch on an approved measure. Anglers can then decide whether the fish is destined to return to the ocean, or the dinnerplate. The tournament will be hosting a live leaderboard to keep anglers up to date with the longest species at any given moment. Sustainability is at the core of this tournament, with measurement and catch and release making up a significant part.
The tournament targets a wide variety of species in the measure and release categories with big prizes for ‘tag and release’ marlin. There are also prizes for the juniors and ladies who love
to fish. “Creating a sustainable fishing tournament and getting the whole family involved was important to us.
Tauranga is a great fishing destination and this tournament is so versatile. It includes something for everyone, from the serious fisherman to the 5-year-old passionate angler. We’re looking ahead to preserve our fisheries while encouraging future generations of anglers – a huge part of our ethos as an
organisation. We look forward to growing this tournament alongside the club,” says Shirner Dyson, Marketing Manager at Lusty & Blundell, NZ distributors of Raymarine.
“With lockdowns creating havoc on tournaments in 2020 and 2021 we know there are plenty of anglers in the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions wanting to get on the water and be part of these types of events,” says Barry Brown, Club Manager. “Late January is a great time in the BoP for catching marlin, yellowfin, snapper and kingfish. We encourage skippers to get their entry in, get the team together and get involved in this
Entry forms are available from the club or online at https://www.tsfc.co.nz/events/