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Kubota Classic – world’s largest

The world’s largest fishing competition, the Kubota Billfish Classic, in Whitianga.

WHERE: Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, 12 The Esplanade, Whitianga

WHEN: 14-16 March

Hosted by the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, 492 boats will take to the waters of Whitianga across the three-day event. Teams will be competing for more than $1 million in prizes in total.

Participating teams are travelling across the world from locations including South Africa, Guatemala, United States, Cook Islands, Tonga, and Australia to compete for a wide range of prizes.

The Kubota Billfish Classic promotes ethical finishing practices, with strict rules that must be followed by participants. Predominantly a tag and release system, the data captured by participants is shared to scientists in the region to assist with their studies around migration habits.

The event will kick off at 7.30am on the Thursday morning with a shotgun start. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 16 March at the waterfront.


• 492 boats in the water and crowds gathered on the shore waiting for the siren to mark the start of the competition.

• Fish being weighed on a Kubota excavator.

• Awards ceremony on the waterfront where winners are announced.