The second annual Trifecta competition was held in Tairua on Fri 28 and Sat 29 Sept 2018, in glorious 5-10 knot conditions. Organised by Provider Charters & Carl Muir Fishing, the competition gave anglers the challenge of catching the trifecta of hapuku, snapper and a kingfish over two days of fishing. A bunch of very keen anglers got together for an awesome celebration of spring fishing, aided by some ice cold DB Export, and some great entertainment back at the Tairua Fishing Club.
There were plenty of great prizes up for grabs from some awesome sponsors. Winners walked away with a DB9 Touch Screen MFD from Furuno, a set of Ocean Blue outrigger bases, a heavy duty mobile fillet bench from TrailorMade, and some awesome Shimano combos sponsored by Hirepool. Tackle sponsors BKK, Nomad Design, Jigstar, Edge Fishing, Burnsco, Bonze and Ocean Angler also got in behind the comp, along with plenty of other sponsors.
The fish bit hard, and there were some quality specimens both measured and released, and weighed.
The snapper and kingfish sections were both on a measure basis, with anglers using the NZ Fishing Competition measure mats, and having the choice of releasing their catch once it was photographed, or keeping it. There were some big catches of both species, with the longest kingfish caught on Provider at 123cms by David Watts, and the longest snapper caught on Prophecy at 82cms by Keith Laing. Hapuku were brought in to weigh with the boat Tight 5 cleaning up, with the four biggest hapuku up to 18kg, the biggest caught by Troy Flavell.
Jigstar put up three special prizes for "heaviest jig caught fish" in each species.
Four boats managed to catch the trifecta, with the points awarded for a combination of the longest three kingfish, the longest five snapper and 100 points for any hapuku or bass, multiplied by the number of species caught. The boat Prophecy ended up with the highest points of 2403. Five anglers managed to catch the trifecta with the points awarded for a combination of the longest kingfish, the longest 2 snapper and 100 points for a hapuku or bass. Simon Hayward on Prophecy won the angler prize with 996 points.
Organiser Carl Muir says he is delighted with how this years competition went and has set next years dates already being 27 and 28 Sept 2019. Results were as follows:
TEAM TRIFECTA (Four boats got the Trifecta)
ANGLER TRIFECTA (5 anglers got the Trifecta)
LONGEST KINGFISH ON JIG Mitch Wooding, My Way, 99cms
LONGEST SNAPPER ON JIG Rodney Thomsen, Adventurer, 61cms
HEAVIEST HAPUKU ON JIG Sarah Adamson, Little Reefer, 10.5kg
MALE KINGFISH 1.David Watts, Provider, 123cm 2.Mitch Wooding, My Way, 99cm 3.Barry Roberts, My Way 97cm FEMALE KINGFISH Sarah Adamson, Little Reefer, 88cm
MALE SNAPPER Keith Laing, Prophecy, 82cm Simon Hayward, Prophecy 70cm Rodney Thomsen, Adventurer, 61cm FEMALE SNAPPER Tania Shaw, Coruba Buoys, 65cm
MALE HAPUKU Troy Flavell, Tight 5, 18kg Rhys Hogg, Tight 5, 13.75kg Ben Allen, Tight 5, 12.9kg FEMALE HAPUKU Sarah Adamson, 10.5kg
A big thanks to all the sponsors: