Will Wins a New Boat

A personal best snapper catch published in the July edition of the magazine’s Mercury TAKF pages has seen 11-year-old Pukekohe angler Will Ewen win this year’s TAKF boat.

Will is now the proud owner of a Mercury rigid hull inflatable boat powered by an eight horsepower Mercury outboard, sitting on a purpose-built Voyager trailer. The prize included a new rod and reel plus tackle from Kilwell and two RFD lifejackets.

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Will caught the fish at Whitianga while on a birthday treat trip with his dad Nick, landing a 6.5kg personal best snapper which he chose to release after having his photo taken.

On being told of his win, all Will could say was ‘wow’, it taking a while for his good fortune to sink in. Mum Carole was a little more forthcoming, suggesting Will was a ‘jammy little bugger’.

“This is great news and just the tonic for Will who like many others, has missed out on quite a bit through this latest (COVID) lockdown,” Carole says.

Will expressed his thanks to the sponsors and the magazine for the prize and had some exciting news for his virtual classmates the following day. He will be looking forward to the Christmas holidays where he will no doubt have some great adventures in his new Mercury rig.

- Grant Dixon

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