Fishing Report - Issue 947

27 Apr 2021

After an action-packed few days on the game fishing front the week before last (when more than 10 marlin were landed or tagged and released), the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club (MBGFC) members enjoyed good snapper fishing success last week. 

“There’s a lot of kahawai in the Bay at the moment,” said keen angler, Peter Maxwell. “They are very good snapper bait. Those who fished from the shore have also caught great snapper at dusk.

“Somewhat deeper into the Bay, around Centre Island, quite a few anglers caught some nice John Dory, they’re a beautiful fish to enjoy around the dinner table.”

The MBGFC Junior Tournament took place last weekend. A total of 59 anglers fished off 33 boats. Whenuakite School student, Jaxon Walker, came very close to catching the first marlin in the history of the tournament on Saturday when he managed to get the marlin he hooked up on to the boat, but somehow the fish managed to get away at that point. At the prize-giving on Sunday evening, he received a consolation prize from club president, John Neighbours, for his effort as well as a round of applause from the packed MBGFC clubrooms.

The winners of the categories in which prizes were handed out were Kingfish - Thomas Joblin (14.14kg), Kahawai - Masen Schlaepfer (3.01kg), Trevally - Kate Stables (2.89kg), Tuna - Kolbie Fraser (3.05kg) and Snapper - Lexi Ford (9.25kg).

Pictured: Whenuakite School student, Jaxon Walker, who came very close to catching the first marlin in the history of the tournament.