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$1.8 million in prizes at the Kubota Classic

Richard Kibby, of Agri Life Hamilton; Andrew Welch, of Central Motors Hauraki Plains; Tom Maxwell, director of the tournament and Robyn Kirby, of R&R Tractors. In the driver’s seat on the Kubota U48G excavator is Ian Massicks, the Kubota Marketing Manager. The excavator was a lucky draw prize donated by the dealerships, worth $112,557. It was won by the team ‘Nirvana’.

Champion Team prize

This year two teams tied for second place Champions, each receiving $82,652. The Biggest Billfish prize – $350,000. The winning team caught the biggest marlin on the first night of fishing – Thursday weighing in at 256.5kg. This meant many fish following this catch were tagged and released, being smaller than the big one of Thursday night. There were $10,000 prizes for the heaviest Mahimahi, the heaviest Kingfish the heaviest Tuna. Shimano sponsored the First Tagged Marlin on each day and J.C. Walker Transport with K & L Distributors sponsored the Last Billfish Tagged.

Every boat that tags a fish went into a draw. There were five draws, hence five prizes:- Blue Fix sponsored a boat refit, free haul-out and makeover of boat interior – value $14,500.  JC Walker transport gave $10,000. Valda Yachts sponsored four days hunting and accommodation. Striker Charters sponsored a fishing charter for 4 – $7,600; Tamaki Marine Park – complete boat paintwork. There were a large number of spot prizes each with a value of over $2,000 and each including a Shimano Fishing Rod and Kubota Chilly Bin.  Early in the night Kubota’s Ian The Jackpot Draw prize was a three-night stay for four people at Sailfish Oasis Lodge in Guatemala sponsored by The Lodge and MadMax Sport Fishing.

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Richard Kibby, of Agri Life Hamilton; Andrew Welch, of Central Motors Hauraki Plains; Tom Maxwell, director of the tournament and Robyn Kirby, of R&R Tractors. In the driver’s seat on the Kubota U48G excavator is Ian Massicks, the Kubota Marketing Manager. The excavator was a lucky draw prize donated by the dealerships, worth $112,557. It was won by the team ‘Nirvana’.

Champion Team prize

This year two teams tied for second place Champions, each receiving $82,652. The Biggest Billfish prize – $350,000. The winning team caught the biggest marlin on the first night of fishing – Thursday weighing in at 256.5kg. This meant many fish following this catch were tagged and released, being smaller than the big one of Thursday night. There were $10,000 prizes for the heaviest Mahimahi, the heaviest Kingfish the heaviest Tuna. Shimano sponsored the First Tagged Marlin on each day and J.C. Walker Transport with K & L Distributors sponsored the Last Billfish Tagged.

Every boat that tags a fish went into a draw. There were five draws, hence five prizes:- Blue Fix sponsored a boat refit, free haul-out and makeover of boat interior – value $14,500.  JC Walker transport gave $10,000. Valda Yachts sponsored four days hunting and accommodation. Striker Charters sponsored a fishing charter for 4 – $7,600; Tamaki Marine Park – complete boat paintwork. There were a large number of spot prizes each with a value of over $2,000 and each including a Shimano Fishing Rod and Kubota Chilly Bin.  Early in the night Kubota’s Ian The Jackpot Draw prize was a three-night stay for four people at Sailfish Oasis Lodge in Guatemala sponsored by The Lodge and MadMax Sport Fishing.