A women’s fishing tournament is held each Easter out of Camp Waipu Cove, raising funds for women’s health and in particular, support for breast cancer patients.
It is a women’s only one-day event with fishing held in the inshore area west of a line from Bream Head to Bream Tail. Target species are snapper and kahawai, as well as prizes for the heaviest other fish – gurnard, trevally, john dory, kingfish.
This year a new trophy has been added – the Francie Good Memorial Trophy – presented in memory of one of the event’s founders who passed away last year.
The event is fished on Easter Saturday April 3, with a back-up day on the Sunday.
First prize for the heaviest snapper is $500 cash plus a trophy. The two main species will see the top three fish rewarded, as well as prizes for the top skipper and lucky draws. Entry is just $20, and the fish will be auctioned at Camp Waipu Cove’s ‘village green’ at 5.00pm.
Registration will take place between 5.00pm and 9.00pm Friday April 2 at site 76 adjoining the village green. Anglers can also enter and get a copy of the rules by contacting tournament organiser Dana Owens by email waipucovewomensfishing [email protected] or phone 021 512 018
The event is open to all female anglers. Male crew can assist their female anglers but baiting hooks, netting the catch, but the ladies must hook, fight, and land their own fish.
If there are ladies who want to participate but don’t have a boat, organisers will endeavour to place them on a crew. There are also several charter boats available in the area for hire, so why not make up a crew and book one.
Sponsorship from the likes of Waipu’s Millers Meats, Eleanor Design, Top Catch Bait and Tackle, Camp Waipu Cove, NZ Fishing News, Waipu Four Square, Daiwa NZ, and Waipu ITM will ensure a huge array of prizes. The event was not contested last year due to COVID lockdown, with many of the prizes being carried over to add to the new sponsorship.
02 April 2021