Tuesday, 26 January 2021


Biggest turnout in history in Top Ten Tuna Tournament

With 290 anglers fishing from 115 boats, last week’s Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club (MBGFC) Top Ten Tournament saw the biggest turnout in the history of the competition. The tournament was fished over eight days from Saturday, 2 January to Saturday last week. Anglers could fish as many or as few days as they liked.

The competition was sponsored by Suzuki Marine NZ in conjunction with Pacific Coast Marine and Diesel of Whitianga

With a run of outstanding weather, the results of the competition were impressive. The combined weight of the 10 heaviest fish caught (all of them yellowfin tuna) was in excess of 276kg. The top anglers took away a total cash pool of $14,199.

Five lucky anglers have also won a Suzuki outboard engine each in a spot prize draw.

The MBGFC’s next tournament is their Ladies Tournament on Saturday, 30 January. As was the case in previous years, one lucky angler is going to drive home in a brand-new Holden Spark.

Pictured: John Booker and Chrissie Reilly (on the left) of Pacific Coast Marine and Diesel with the top three anglers in the MBGFC Top Ten Tournament at the prize-giving on Saturday evening last week. The winner, Craig Scarrot (with a 53.64kg catch) is in the centre. On his left is Lois Hull who finished in second place with a fish weighing 33.86kg. Ben Sullivan (on the right) finished in third place with a catch of 27.88kg.


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