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FRIDAY FLASH - 12 FEBRUARY 2016

FISHING

Judging by the number of empty boat trailers in the car park and the bigger boats heading out the river mouth, you might struggle to get that tradesman to your house today. With 10 knot variables and clear sky forecast, heaps of people are looking to extend an incredible run over the last couple of days. Yesterday’s catch included 15 marlin, 2 short bill spearfish, 2 yellow fin tuna and many mahimahi. There doesn’t seem to be too much shortage of marlin but they are fairly widely spread. Multiple strikes and other reports have come from just outside the Footprint, anywhere within a few miles of the Hook, 150m in the Middle Ground and a couple were caught on the Alderman Pins. Remember the 90kg minimum weight for stripeys – if it measures less than 2300 from lower jaw to tail fork, try not to kill it to weigh it. There are plenty of these little fellas out there this year and whilst our tagging percentage is excellent, we have had a few brought to the weigh station that might have been better off left in the sea. Closer to shore the snapper fishing is still quite patchy, especially during the day. Still getting good reports from the area between Great Merc and Otama at dawn or dusk. There have also been some good hauls from the river and the river mouth for those wanted to save on fuel.


CLUB MARINE INSURANCE

Just a reminder about this initiative set up by the New Zealand sport Fishing Council. Go to www.clubmarine.co.nz and click ‘get a quote’ it takes just a couple of minutes to complete the form to get a quote for your boat insurance  and make sure you put ‘3290’ in promotional code. I’ve received excellent feedback from many people about their prices and the club gains a little as well.
 
BONZE INTERNATIONAL MARLIN SKINS TOURNAMENT

The Bonze tournament last week was unfortunately affected by weather.  However, the entries that did come in, all had an excellent time in that well-run tournament with McGint taking all the skins money of over $10,400 cash plus other prizes with their 2 tagged marlin.  Runners up, also with 2 tagged marlin each were Kawailani and Mad Max 2.  Eleven marlin caught in a tournament with 15 boats – not a bad return.
 
ERIC RUSH

Don’t forget to get your tickets to hear Eric Rush speaking here on Friday March 4th.  It’s only 3 weeks away and although we still have plenty of tickets, some people are buying them in rather large blocks so they could run out suddenly.
 
FACEBOOK  PROMOTION

There is another facebook promotion for the Tristram  Marine Open with a go-pro camera and a free entry as the prize.  Just ‘like’ the club’s facebook page and tag someone to enter.
 
BILLFISH CLASSIC, TRISTRAM MARINE OPEN TOURNAMENT AND SIMRAD NATIONALS

 Next Saturday 20th we kick off one of the busier weeks of our fishing year with the start of the Billfish Classic, Tristram marine Open Tournament and the Simrad Nationals.  We know there are plenty of fish out there, we just need the weather to play ball.  With wildly conflicting long range forecasts we can but cross our fingers. 
 These tournaments are now only a week away.  Once you’ve made up your mind to enter, come and do it, instead of leaving it to the last minute.  Information is on our Web site www.mbgfc.co.nz where entries forms can be downloaded.  You can ring the office with your visa number for payment or pay online.  Entry forms are also available on our bar counter and in the office.
 
STABICRAFT TRAILERBOAT TOURNAMENT

We are still  looking for a few people to help out for a couple of hours or so each day of this tournament – helping with traffic etc. at Taylors Mistake during weigh-in and taking photos at Taylors Mistake during weigh-in.  If you’re going to be available from 10th to 12th March and can help out at all, please contact John Mort directly on 021 286 9012 or let us know in the office and we’ll pass it on.
 
NZ OFFSHORE POWERBOATS

The NZ Offshore Powerboats are back in Whitianga on Saturday March 5th and once again they are looking for patrol boats to help with their event.  A couple of half hour races and some time at briefing is all they’re asking, and you will definitely have front row seats.  Please let Alan know asap if you can help.
 
SEA CAVE ADVENTURES GIFT CERTIFICATE
 
#1375  John Mason - Contact us by next Wednesday John to claim your prize.
 

CLUB  DRAW

$350

#1976

Brent Tucker

N/C

THE JUG

#1

$250

#54

Caroline

#2

$250

#79

Brad

 
CHUCK A CHOOK – Guest Tosser – Pete Murray – Long term supporter and sponsor of the club with Ground Prep Ltd – this year covering The Footprint where Kawailani had a dozen hook ups over the last couple of days. 

#94
#49
#26
#84

Shaun
Geoff
Glen
Shaun

Dropped – I don’t think he even touched it
Easy throw
Slipped out the side
Dropped – facing the wrong way – keep your eye on the chook!

#44

Shaun

Dropped – bounced up in the air and he missed it second go.

#32

Ann

Well Caught

#80

Terry

Safe hands

#77

Shaun

Dropped – not his best night

#90

Aaron

1st throw too low

 

 

2nd throw no trouble

#62                  Shaun           Dropped – bags tied to tight? Can’t tangle in his fingers


#30                  Glen              Never looked like dropping it.
 
With the school holidays over now it was a lot quieter night.  Everyone had a bit of a breather before we embark on a busy fishing week starting next Saturday.
 
TIGHT LINES 
Alan Proctor

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