The event, fished nationwide over 10 species based on length, runs from April 1 to March 31 the following year. At the end of the event’s ‘season’ those who are a top the various species’ leader board get some great prizes while a premium charter trip will be drawn from among all those who entered a fish during the year.
Each month one lucky angler who has entered a fish wins a great prize including this year quality Shimano tackle and Gourmet Innovation product. Entry is free thanks to naming rights sponsor DB Export.
A growing number of clubs are using the competition’s infrastructure to create their own event and on-going leader boards. The latest club to do so is the Auckland Outboard Boating Club – see report on opposite page – who ran its Family Fishing Competition based on length for the first time. Competitors who registered for that event can now enter fish in the DB Export NZ Competition as the year progresses.
But back to the current DB Export competition. There have been some great fish measured to date and tight competition atop the leader boards. The capture areas are as diverse as the species.
The longest fish to be entered comes understandably in the kingfish division where John Ballard heads the field with a 128cm entry. The next longest is a bit or a surprise where Shane Hartstone’s 93.5cm slug of a Mackenzie country trout takes the honours from Geoff Preston’s leading Mokau snapper which measured out at 90.5cm.
Full results will appear in the May edition.
|Current Leaderboards||(as at March 19)|
|Kingfish:||John Ballard||128 cm|
|John Dory:||Reece Claxton||63.0cm|
|Blue Cod:||Brad Carswell||60.0cm|
|Blue Moki:||David Higgins||62.5cm|
07 April 2019