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Jun 4, 2024
Marine

Two fishing competitions at Mercury Bay Fishing club

Ladies Blue winners. – Rebecca Trethowen – Heaviest Billfish; Kylie Phillips with Mark Phillips heaviest tuna for Rebecca and most tagged and release points trophy for their boat and team, Relief. Snapper Tournament Fishing started at 6.30am on Saturday, 1 June and was continuous through to 3.30pm Sunday, 2 June. It was a cash in, cash out prize plus $1000 worth of The Stunned Mullet vouchers. The ten winners all appear in the photo adjacent. Prizegiving  was 6.30pm at the Fishing Club on Sunday night. The Ladies Blue competition: The prizegiving was held in conjunction with the Snap…

Apr 23, 2024
Marine

WORLD RECORD CLAIM!

Kelly Chambers with her mighty world record claim catch. This is also the biggest sword ever weighed by a Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club member and a new All Tackle club record surpassing Ian O’Briens legendary 291.9kg swordfish caught way back in 1998 which still stands as the men’s 24kg World Record! This is not Kelly’s first rodeo as she also currently holds the World Record for Broadbill Swordfish on 8kg line; so well done to Kelly and Shannon Chambers, captain Hunter Bryce and all the crew onboard the Ruckus involved in this incredible achievement!

Apr 23, 2024
Local History

Who was Von Luckner? – PART ONE OF THREE

What is the connection with our area? Von Luckner’s Cove on Red Mercury Island. He, of course, was on Germany’s side during World War One but his remarkable life before that and his noble character endeared him across rivalries. Von Luckner was born into an old famous German military family whose father was determined he should follow the family tradition and go into the cavalry. His parents despaired at the lack of motivation or inclination to learn and hired private tutors and sent him to several private schools all without success. Von Luckner was more interested in adventure and love…

Apr 23, 2024
Marine

Coromandel community unites for sustainable fisheries: A call to action

Warren Maher, Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club spokesperson While I am not endorsing this behaviour, it is another example of Coromandel residents working together to protect our fisheries and little slice of paradise. Over the years, significant community effort has been invested into protecting scallops, pink maomao and various other fin-fish. This commitment by the community has undoubtedly contributed to protecting the marine environment and sea life around the Coromandel. Without this proactive engagement we may not have the same fishery we enjoy today. For example, in 2020 the T…

Apr 9, 2024
Stan’s Stuff

Foodie adventures – chew on this!

Ashley was a bit disappointed that a shark had taken half of his kingfish, but there was still lots of flesh. My Dad drove ex-US-army trucks for ‘Youngs Shipping Agents’ in Melbourne. The trucks, “Blitz Buggies” my Dad called them, had a big red star painted on the door. Dad’s route was to the Melbourne wharf and back to a nearby warehouse. He did this again and again – his daily grind. I wanted to ride with him in the truck with the red star on the door. Finally, he gave in and on one school holiday he took me to work with him. Inside the cab of the truck, it was noisy and hot and very …

Apr 9, 2024
Local Business

Team work makes the dream work

Amber and Caitie What a great trip combining marine biology information (I did not know a Snapper can change its sex if required to help balance the population of its species within a given area such as the Marine Reserve). Geological information on the types of rock both soft and hard and getting into and up close in a safe way at the Orua Sea Cave and of course Cathedral Cove is beautiful from any angle. Although a local, I had guests for the weekend, a returning Kiwi who now lives in Switzerland and her fiancé a St Hellenan now living in London; and decided to join them. I am so glad I…

Mar 26, 2024
Local Events

PlaceMakers One Base Comp

The awards for the best catches were followed by a very large section of spot prizes. MC Warren Male of CFM did an intrepid job of auctioning some very high-end items such as stainless-steel BBQ’s and smokers. The income from these auctions went to support the work of the Te Tiihi Nui Trust in Whitianga the special needs young adults who need to find a home, employment and a sustainable life in their community. The Trust had presented a Go Kart for raffling over the weekend. This event involved anglers from young boys to the other end of the spectrum with the Gold Card Plus One team who a…

Mar 26, 2024
Marine

The Heart of Kiwi Coastal Life: Fishing, Community and Conservation

Fishers value the experience of fishing with friends and whanau, enjoying the ocean and the range of marine life it supports. It’s not just about what they can catch. It’s their sense of being, and often why they choose to live in coastal regions. Mental health and general wellness are a key reason why we seek solitude on the water. Alongside the positive impacts on our social wellbeing, recreational fishing financially benefits many New Zealand’s small coastal communities. The value of fishing to our community was highlighted in March when thousands of people poured into Whitianga for the…