Once again, not many reports received this week but we did hear from a few people that were out last weekend. There were quite a few snapper caught on popular reefs out past Ohinau and around the Mercury Islands. Fishing was reported to be steady but not fantastic and our poor old Patron was out-fished by his wife – well done Annette! There were several boats out wide in search of tuna too but only one albacore was weighed. Apparently southern bluefin were seen on the sounder but unable to be raised.
Winter Tuna Tournament
There is now less than a fortnight left to go in this tournament. It’s fair to say that the weather has given these fish a long reprieve over the last few weeks with very few genuinely fishable days recently. The heaviest fish so far is 104.0kg on Mile Zero, so there’s a bit to beat but this late in the season, that is certainly do-able. Remember that prizegiving for this tournament will be at 6.30pm on Saturday September 3rd in the clubrooms. Come down and celebrate the winner on that night before the All Blacks take on Argentina at 7.05.
AGM & Prizegiving
Set aside Saturday September 10th for our AGM and annual prizegiving, the AGM will begin at 5.00pm sharp. The notice for AGM will be sent out by email some time over the next few days so keep an eye out for it and check your spam box in case it somehow landed there.
As mentioned last week, there is an election for committee this year as we have 9 nominations for 8 positions. An email has already been sent with a link to the voting form to every on our database. Once again, check your spam box in case the email found its way there. If you don’t have a printer at home or cannot access the link, voting forms are available from the office on weekdays between 9am and 4pm.
This Saturday (20th) Thames Valley rugby will be live on Sky Sport playing in the Heartland Championship against South Canterbury in Temuka. Kick off is at 2.30pm, we’ll be open a few minutes before that so pop down to watch the game, enjoy a few drinks and perhaps stay for dinner.
MBGFC Trailer Boat Tournament
The committee has recently had reason to review the club’s ongoing commitment to our annual trailer boat tournament. Among other things, the following factors were considered:-
- The tournaments position in our tournament calendar
- The number of tournaments held by our club each year
- The dwindling number of entries in this tournament in recent years
- That the tournament has lost money in 4 of the last 5 years for different reasons
- The changing nature of trailer boats (in particular, size)
- The significantly increased cost (especially fuel) of returning to port each night in a competition.
As a result of this review, the committee has decided not to continue to organize a tournament dedicated to trailer boats. The current convenor (John Booker) has agreed to work alongside the new convenor of our Open Tournament (Grant Wadsworth) to help with sponsorship and other organizational matters.
The committee considers that there is still more than enough opportunity for members to enter and participate in a range of tournaments during the year and there is a good chance that this decision will results in more entries in the remaining tournaments.
Waikato Regional Council Elections
Local body elections are looming with voting closing on October 8th. As a club, we are concerned about minority groups trying to diminish, or remove, our ability to go and catch a fish, to take our kids fishing and to hold fishing competitions. We believe we need to have our views represented on councils that can have a huge influence on our ability to go fishing and Waikato Regional Council can have that level of influence. There is one seat available in the Thames-Coromandel area and the two people vying for it are Denis Tegg and Warren Maher. It’s a little bit like chalk and cheese but you should know that Warren Maher is the president of the Tairua-Pauanui Sport Fishing Club and vice president of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Club. As far as the marine environment is concerned, Warren’s views are very much aligned with our club’s. We are seeking the opportunity to be able to go fishing responsibly and sustainably for many generations to come. We believe that all tools available to be used in fisheries management, as well as other central government departments, should be used to enhance the biodiversity within the marine environment and not just closing area to fishing in an ad hoc manner through the Resource Management Act. We believe that having Warren Maher represent the Thames-Coromandel area would be in the best interests of the club and the sport of fishing, now it’s up to you to decide and vote.
#2914 $800 James McDonald N/C
$250 per draw
#1 # 76 Macca
#2 #125 Bryn
#3 # 93 Pauline
#4 # 47 Radar
Complimentary meal at House of Change Thai
Chuck a Chook – Guest Tosser – Nikki Watson – happy birthday!
98 Ross Good throw, well caught
31 Os 1st throw – hit the roof
2nd throw – Os left it alone
146 Dugal Tried to drop it but couldn’t
74 Christine Easy Catch
77 Pauline Dropped an easy one, rolled it back
135 Tineke Dropped – hypnotized first, never stood chance
133 Tineke Dropped – sailed right over her head. Back soon to Summerset
Retirement village in Christchurch.
148 Karen Another easy catch
53 Jack Another easy take