New date set for fishing comp

A yellow fin tuna caught in last year’s competition.

The Warkworth Gamefish Club has departed from four decades of tradition, changing the date of its annual ‘one base’ competition from Auckland anniversary weekend to next month.

It will be held from Thursday to Saturday, March 4 to 6.

Club convenor Dave Adams says it is an experiment to see if the time of year proves better for fishing.

The competition is not technically a “one base” format, as entrants only need be at Great Barrier for the prizegiving.

Anglers are allowed to fish within the competition map, which spans from the Mercury Islands to the Poor Knights.

The prizegiving and a buffet dinner will be held on Saturday evening at the Fitzroy Boating Club on Great Barrier.

There are weigh-ins on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but anglers are encouraged to tag and release large fish and measure and release small species.

There is a compulsory tournament briefing at the Sandspit Yacht Club on Tuesday, March 2, at 7pm.

Tickets are available from Hunting and Fishing Warkworth, Tackle and Outdoor, Mahurangi Marine, Matakana Marine and at the Gamefish Club website.

Early bird tickets are on sale for a discounted $100 until February 19. Early bird tickets also go in the draw for a 50 wide gamefish rod and reel prize, courtesy of ITSS Engineering.

The Gamefish Club has a healthy membership of 250 members.

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