Bay of Islands Fishing Report - 08/02/24

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It was a busy Waitangi Day on the water and I was kept busy weighing fish – a yellowfin tuna and three striped marlin during the afternoon. Three fish were firsts for small boats and only one was weighed for the competition.

The snapper and kingfish seem a little more difficult to find but out deeper has worked for me and reports are of good catches in shallow.

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The Pacific Motor Group Eldorado 2024 hosted by the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club was a huge success with 31 teams and 111 anglers entered for the three days of competition. And what a tournament it was both weather and fishing-wise. The tournament saw 55 striped marlin tagged and released, four weighed marlin and one weighed tuna.

Luke Wiseman with a 52kg Yellowfin Tuna, caught solo.

Prizegiving list as follows:

Heaviest other species – Petra Bonner, 47.9kg Yellowfin

1st billfish of tournament – Dave Stephenson, Family Jewels

Last billfish of tournament – Kelly Troughton, Ruckus

Deckhand most meritorious effort – Steve Crockatt, Miss Brett

Lady angler most points – Brenda Croft, Orion

Biggest f**k up of tournament – Trevor Berthold, Connermara

Junior angler most points – Keisha Dempster, Odyssey 

Angler heaviest billfish – Cameron Nicol, Outer Banks

Heaviest striped marlin – Shane Lye, Raptor 

NZ angler highest scoring – John Blumenthal, Defiance

Runner up team most points – Orion – 4500 points

Winning team most points – Defiance – 7700 points

Winning skipper most points – Guy Sutherland, Defiance

Come into the shop to check out the latest in gear, get your bait, ice and berley, and most importantly, some genuine intel! We are open from 8.00am to 5pm, everyday. As always, if you urgently need some supplies after hours just give me a call.

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Garry Townley

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