Fishing EventBy Graeme Trask
Sixty entrants competing in a total of 21 boats took part in the Kapiti Boating Club’s annual competition at the Kapiti Boating club at Paraparaumu Beach.
Graeme Bailey, who organised the event for both men and women, said gusty weather, with south-east winds reaching 30 knots ,didn’t deter the enthusiasts.
Prizes included rods and reels, nets and gaffs, bags and fishing boxes – and a variety of fish species caught on the day.
In the seniors’ section for Groper, there were no catches, so ballot prizes were awarded.
Lee Ruddlesden won, with Mark Stevens second and Pire Ngarimu third.
The other sections included heaviest Blue Cod, Snapper, Terakihi, Kahawai.
The prize for biggest snapper went to Gavin Henderson. With a 5.78kgs catch.
First prize in the children’s section for the biggest Blue Cod went to Aiden Karehana.
Aden also collected a prize for the biggest Terakihi.
One of the other prizes went to Troy Henderson, who caught a 4.6kg Snapper.
National Event Postponed
The other fishing event listed for Saturday, “The Wildblue NZ Spearfishing & Freediving Championships,” was postponed until April 10 because of the weather.
The decision had to be made in advance because contestants travel to Kapiti from throughout New Zealand.