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Many young anglers for Childrens Fishing Tournament and Youth Nationals

The recent Junior Fishing Tournament in Mercury Bay from 13-27 April, was a standout success.
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Wyatt Watson, with his Mum, Dad and sister, congratulated by the sponsors Hunting and Fishing owners, Alex and Ashleigh in front of the prize worth $10,000!!

Hunting and Fishing, newly established in Whitianga, was the naming sponsor and in addition, the tournament also became part of the Youth Nationals Fishing Tournament. The organisers, Tony Croft and Cody Hamilton, working on behalf of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, changed the date to coincide with the New Zealand Sport Fishing Club Youth Nationals. It was a good move.

There were 121 entrants, the largest number of entrants of all the Youth National tournaments, and with 156 fish weighed in, it was the biggest turnout of young anglers in New Zealand’s history of these competitions and of course in the history of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club. Every entrant in this large community event received a very generous starter pack from Hunting and Fishing, Whitianga, which included a ‘cool cammo’ Hunting & Fishing backpack filled up with an assortment of tackle, drinks and snacks.

One significant event in this tournament was the tagging of a striped marlin, the first ever in the Youth Nationals and the fortunate, skilled angler who achieved this was Jaxon Walker.

The prize giving on Saturday night was a very happy and generous evening  for the children and young people and their families in the mercury Bay Game Fishing Club marquee – 100  child and teen anglers present, supported by their parents and grandparents.

The Master of Ceremonies, Mike Plant of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Club, was assisted by the Club Manager, John East and Club President, Gordon McIvor in the presentation of the prizes and the smooth running of the evening with every young angler also provided with a free meal.

The grand finale of the programme was the lucky draw from all the entrants.  Each entrant had a number and the winner of this amazing cache of prizes worth $10,000 young Wyatt Watson. He could hardly believe it. This ‘hard to believe’ prize was provided by Hunting & Fishing Whitianga and the owners, Alex Reynolds and

Ashleigh Taiapa, were there to personally present Wyatt with his prize and to see the achievements of so many very skilled, local young anglers.