Tournaments this season

Each season the club has 12 tournaments. Check out which ones you are interested.

Kids Wharf Fishing

Thursday 28th December 2023

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Whitianga Wharf Kids Fishing Competition – we are looking forward to being able to run this fun tournament this year for the kids

Thursday 28 December at 9:00 am to 10.00 am (registration starts at 8:30 am) – you do not need to be a member of a fishing club, come and enjoy the fun.

Early registration will be available for members and club affiliated members at the game fishing club on Wednesday 27 December from 5.30pm – 7pm – Otherwise just turn up on the day and entries will be taken from 8.30am – you do not need to be a member of any other fishing club to enter.

12 years and under / $2 per person entry(all children must be actively supervised by an adult)

Starter bag for each entry (while available)

6 x categories – Kahawai, Spotty, Sprat, Mackerel, Triple-fin, Parore


Lots of prizes and spot prizes – thanks to our generous sponsors.

Ladies Blue

1st Dec 2023  – 30th April 2024

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Hey Ladies!

Serious about fishing? Like to catch Billfish & Tuna? Love spending all day on the water dragging lures? Love the thrill and excitement of game fishing? GET IN!

The MBGFC Ladies Blue Competition is for you, this is a team competition for billfish and tuna over a five month period Entries are now open.

Check out the details:

Fishing can be done anytime from 1 DEC 2023 – 30 APRIL 2024

This is a unique tournament for those Ladies that love fishing for the big ones – Billfish and Tuna.
No need to worry about the weather as you pick the days that you want to fish.
This is a team competition for billfish and tuna over a five month period from 1 Dec 2023 – 30 April 2024
This is a team tournament and the fee is $250.00 for the boat.
An team entry must be made before any fish can be recorded for the team.
All anglers fishing in a team must be members of MBGFC or members of a club affiliated to NZSFC or IGFA.
Day membership of MBGFC will suffice.

Prizegiving 1st June 2024

The prize money will be shared as follows, so the more boats the bigger the prize:
40% for Heaviest Billfish weighed (+ Trophy 🏆)
50% of total pool for drawn prize - Tag & Release  (+ Trophy🏆 ) - Each tagged fish will give you 1 entry into the draw.  You must be present at prizegiving to be eligible for prize.
10% for Heaviest Tuna weighed (+ Trophy🏆)
AND a trophy for the Champion Team (on points) 🏆

See you on the water and tight lines! Game fish on.

Suzuki Top Ten Tuna

Sat 6th January – Sat 13th Jan 2024

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Welcome to the 3rd annual SUZUKI Top Ten Tuna Tournament.

Get your team together and entry forms in, this year the tournament will be run over 8 days

There is no briefing for this tournament but you will need to register after 11am on Friday 5th January. Starter packs will contain tournament rules, sponsors material and other useful information.

Whilst people are welcome to fish all 8 days, this will also give anglers the opportunity to pick the best weather days during this 8 day period and just fish those days.

Hours of fishing:  0600 Saturday 6th January till 1600 Saturday Jan 13th

The Weigh Station is open from 1630 to 1930 on days one to seven and 1530 to 1830 on day eight

One of each species per angler per day. This applies to the date of catch (as per the catch card), not the date of weighing.

- Prizegiving will be on the 13th Jan at 8PM in the Clubrooms

There will be 5 x Suzuki DF2.5 outboard motors valued at $6500.00 to be given away as lucky angler draws.  (You must be present at prizegiving to be eligible for the draw)

Prizes will be awarded to the anglers catching the ten heaviest eligible fish regardless of line weight as follows:

1st: $3000.00     2nd: $2000.00             3rd $1000.00            4th: $900.00

5th: $800.00      6th: $700.00                7th: $550.00              8th: $450.00

9th: $350.00     10th: $250.00

If two or more anglers catch fish of equal weight they will each receive the average of the relevant prizes.

None of these 10 cash prizes will be drawn.


Girls in the Bay

Saturday 27th January 2024

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$100.00 per angler before 13 December 2023
$120.00 per angler between 14 December 2023 - 22 January 2024

If not a member of an affiliated NZSFC club, then a day membership of MBGFC is required.
If a member of another affiliated NZSFC club please supply copy of membership

Entry is deemed not valid until payment has been made.
MBGFC Bank Account 03 1578 0038675 00
Please state your name and boat name in the REFERENCE field

Early bird Entry Prize, Last Girl Standing, Spot Prizes, Best Dressed Prize, Radio Quiz

Party the night away with one of our local DJs

Thanks to all our generous sponsors who have contributed to make this tournament happen !!

Longshore Marine No Bait Tournament

4th & 5th February, 2024

Thanks to the following sponsors of this tournament:   

Hutchwilco   Black Magic Tackle   Shimano   Catch Fishing   Ocean Angler   Pure Fishing   So Dope

SPECIES:  Heaviest Snapper, Kingfish, John Dory, Heaviest Other (no Sharks or Stingrays)

One fish per angler, per species, per day

PRIZE ALLOCATION(CASH)  – The prize pool will be made up of all entry money plus $1000 cash from our sponsor, Longshore Marine.

The prize pool will be allocated as follows: Heaviest Snapper   40%        Heaviest Kingfish    20%       Heaviest John Dory    20%           Heaviest Other (excl Sharks and Stingrays)   20%

$25 Optional  Sweepstake  (Snapper only)

If you didn’t catch a winning fish, there will also be drawn SPOT PRIZES  but you can only win those if you are here when they are drawn.

Open Tournament

Saturday 17th- 24th February 2024

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Sat 17th - Sat 24th February, 2024   (co-incides with NZSFC Nationals)

More details to come  book your dates in



NZ Sport Fishing Nationals

Saturday 17th- 24th February 2024

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Mates versus mates on the same boat
Teams v teams in the same club
Clubs vs clubs in the same region
Region vs region in the country
Become a NZ champion angler for species, line weights, lengths and fish tagged
Experience a full eight days’ fishing

The Nationals co-inside with the Mercury Bay Open Tournament 17th February -24th February 2024


Saturday 1st June 2024

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*** CASH PRIZES  ***

SATURDAY –  01 June 2024      (Kings birthday Saturday)

Entry Fee $25.00

Optional Sweepstake $25.00 per boat for heaviest snapper


(NB:  No sliding keeper hooks or ledger rigs with more than two hooks)

Hours of Fishing:  6.30am  - 4pm

Weigh Station hours:  4pm - 5pm

Prizegiving 6.30pm in the clubrooms

Kubota Billfish Classic

Thursday 14th- Saturday 16th March 2024

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The club and the organiser (Thomas Maxwell) are pleased to announce the continued and upgraded sponsorship of Kubota NZ for the 2024 Kubota Billfish Classic.

Dates to be put aside:  March 14-16, 2024.

Heaviest billfish this year will take away $350,000 cash and the gate prize is a very impressive Kubota U48G excavator valued at $112,557!   A big thanks to Kubota NZ, Central Motors Ngatea, R&R Tractors and Agrilife for putting this awesome gate prize together.  Jackpots, other prize categories and other generous sponsors for these prizes will be announced in due course. We are expecting a total prize pool well in excess of $1 million

The club would like to acknowledge the huge effort that Thomas Maxwell has, and continues to, put into this tournament which has, in a very short time, become the richest tournament in our region and is right up there on the world stage.



Junior Tournament  20 - 21st April

In conjunction with the Youth Nationals starting on the 13th to 28th April, 2024 our 11th Annual Junior Tournament will be on the Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st April, 2024

Once again there will be heaps of great prizes and the organisers are well into their work.

Ocean Sports Marine Whakatane have very kindly donated a fantastic trophy for the heaviest snapper, which has been carved by one of their local talented wood carvers.

We have lots of fantastic prizes up for grabs thanks to our many sponsors, so be sure to get your entry in now !!

Winter Tuna Tournament

01 July 2023 – 31 August 2023

Starting 1st July – 31st August 2023 will be our 3rd Winter Tuna Tournament.

Cash In - Cash Out Prizes

Only $300 per boat entry.

Open to all MBGFC, Day Members or member of a NZSFC affiliated club - – you must be a paid financial member for 2023/2024 season for any of your fish to count.

Prizes will be CASH and offered as follows

(a)    Southern Bluefin Tuna (weighed)      1st   40% of total pool

                                                                       2nd  20% of total pool

                                                                       3rd  10% of total pool

(b)    Albacore (weighed)                             1st   10% of total pool

                                                                       2nd      6% of total pool

                                                                       3rd     4% of total pool

 If two or more fish of equal weight become eligible for a prize the relevant prize will be shared equally.

(c)    Champion Team (on points)                10% of total pool


Snapper Tournament & Interclub

Sat, 21st October 2023

Labour Weekend 21st October, 2023  

Zone 3 Interclub Snapper Tournament you will be fishing for your club for a trophy contested between Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club, Whangamata Ocean Sports Club and Matarangi Boat and Fishing Club

Open to MBGFC members and day members and fished under NZSFC rules NB: No sliding keeper hooks or ledger rigs with more than two hooks)

Cash Prizes and Sweepstake available

Online entries via email close 4pm Friday 20th. Or entries can be physically handed in at the bar while it is open on Friday night. All entries close when the bar closes Friday night.

Prizegiving Saturday at 6.30pm in the Clubrooms 21st October, 2023

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