Kane Wrigglesworth – 14.4kg Kingfish

Rockgas field weekend four was also our Hams weekend. Twenty-five members fished and enjoyed nice sea and weather conditions, although most found the fishing quite hard.
73 fish crossed the scales consisting of: 46 kahawai, 13 snapper, 8 SSH, 2 trevally, 1 red cod, 1 seven gill shark and 1 hammer head shark.
Seven excellent pin fish were weighed. Kane with 3. Kahawai (2.8kg), seven gill shark (9.36kg) and a kingfish (14.14kg).
Mark Ives weighed 2. Trevally (2.04kg) and a gurnard (1.06kg). Andy Brooks, hammerhead shark (9kg) and Dion with a big trunked SSH (7.21kg). Well done guys!
Congratulations to all Hams winners with the whole ham going to Gary K for the average weight kahawai of 1.71kg. Thanks to Peter Kilkelly for his work organising the hams and field weekend sponsorship. On that note, many thanks to Rockgas for their sponsorship for field weekend 4.
Congratulations to Mark Ives for taking out the gurnard jackpot with his impressive 1.06kg gurn. Nice work Mark!
Our next fishing date is the first of the Sunday fish togethers on the 14th of January. Until then then, have a fun and safe xmas and new year.
Tight lines.

Field Weekend 4 2-3 Dec17 Points

2017 Postal Casting Results

Name   Accuracy   Distance
  100m 80m 60m  
John Purser 9.1 10.15 7.45 116.41
Gary Kemsley 11.35 7.4 8.7 152.11
Peter Kilkelly nc nc 4.15 155.02
Hamish Nichol 9 5.01 18.4 182.19
Mark Ives 18 1.69 8.52 179.21
James Parahi 12.4 4.57 2.41 169.74
Jim Yeoman nc 3.95 4.55 176.68
Tim Mckenzie nc 9.15 5.52 110.21
  80m 60m 40m  
Estella Carmichael nc 2.05 4.41 74.98
Sue Kemsley 100m 2.74 4.59 97.63
Sue Lawson nc 8.1 nc 71.24
Trish Yeoman 18.72 9.68 16.91 91.87
Note: NC = no cast – more than 20m from target flag        

Thanks to all who attended. Next casting day is April 15th 2018 – venue TBA

Hams Weekend

We​ ​ have​ ​ a ​ ​ total​ ​ of​ ​ ten​ ​ hams​ ​ and​ ​ lots​ ​ of​ ​ other​ ​ prizes​ ​ which​ will​ ​ be​ ​ won​ ​ this​ ​ weekend,​ ​ I ​ ​ believe the​ ​ best​ ​ bet​ ​ is​ ​ the​ ​ Kahawai​ ​ section,​ ​ average​ ​ Kahawai​ ​ will​ ​ win​ ​ the​ ​ major​ ​ ham​ ​ prize,​ ​ based​ ​ on the​ ​ last​ ​ three​ ​ field​ ​ weekends​ ​ the​ ​ average​ ​ weight​ ​ will​ ​ be​ ​ between​ ​ 1.6kgs​ ​ and​ ​ 1.7kgs​ ​ also​ ​ should the​ ​ hams​ ​ from​ ​ Snapper,​ ​ Gurnard​ ​ or​ ​ other​ ​ not​ ​ be​ ​ won​ ​ these​ ​ will​ ​ transfer​ ​ to​ ​ 1st,​ ​ 2nd​ ​ and​ ​ third best​ ​ Kahawai,​ ​ so​ ​ every​ ​ Kahawai​ ​ has​ ​ a ​ ​ great​ ​ chance​ ​ of​ ​ taking​ ​ out​ ​ some​ ​ of​ ​ the​ ​ top​ ​ prizes.

Don’t​ ​ forget​ ​ the​ ​ Gurnard​ ​ jackpot​ ​ how​ ​ stands​ ​ at​ ​ $100.

Forecast​ ​ is​ ​ looking​ ​ promising,​ ​ register​ ​ and​ ​ pay​ ​ online​ ​ if​ ​ you​ ​ haven’t​ ​ already.

Peter​ ​ K

Rockgas HB field weekend #4 (Hams)

Field weekend #4 is December 2-3 and our annual Hams weekend. It is sponsored by Rockgas HB and prizes will be as follows.
Hams for heaviest Snapper 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Hams for heaviest Gurnard 1st, 2nd and 3rd (plus the $ jackpot from last FW)
Hams for heaviest other 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Plus a big ham for average weight Kahawai.
Every Kahawai  caught is in the draw for the prize ham.

More info to come..

Thirsty Liquor – Black Bull – Field Weekend #3 Results

Thirsty Liquor and Black Bull sponsored Field Weekend 3. Twenty-one members fished in what turned out to be very trying conditions with an annoying southeast wind making it a tough weekend.
In total 57 fish crossed the scales consisting of, 32 Kahawai, 16 Snapper, 3 SSH, 3 Barracuda, 2 Red Cod and 1 Trevally.
The standout catches came from the 2 Andy’s who both found some sheltered conditions and some quality snapper at Taylors Bay, Mahia. Well done lads!
Four pin fish were weighed. All Kahawai. Dion 2.71kg, Roy with 2 both weighing 2.5kg and Peter K with the standout of the weekend with an impressive Kahawai of 3.24kg. Well done boys!
Sponsored prizes for Field Weekend 3 went to Andy B with a snapper of 4.54kg. Kane took the prize for the average weight kahawai and Duncan took the prize for the other with his Trevally. With no Gurnard caught the jackpot rolls over to the next field weekend.
A big thankyou to our field weekend 3 sponsors Thirsty Liquor and Black Bull. Please try to support our sponsors whenever you can.
Field weekend 4 is on the 2/3 December and is our hams weekend. Ten dollars per rod. If you haven’t already paid, you can pay directly in to the club bank account prior to the field weekend commencing. Good luck to all.
Tight lines.

Field Weekend 3 18-19 Nov17 Points


Thirsty Liquor – Black Bull – Field Weekend #3

Field Weekend #3 is this weekend November 18-19 and is brought to you by Thirsty Liquor – Black Bull,  with a total prize pool of around $280.
It is a normal field weekend with normal start/end times and club boundaries.

Have you noticed the change in the fishing this year? We are already experiencing December/January results. It seems we are a couple of months ahead of the game already. If you are waiting for the fishing to get started maybe you missed it.

Here are a few thoughts for the coming weekend.

Day time onshore winds can be expected and there will likely be some residual swell around. Niggly conditions to fish in some of the time but ideal conditions for quality catches. Snapper will be on the menu with shoalies likely to invade the northern beaches of Blacks Tahaenui and Whakaki. Gurnard are about too and could show anywhere in our fishing area. With two over a kilo weighed in already look out for some good sized ones. Kingfish are a possibility around rivermouth areas and it is probably worth putting out a livey if you want some of that action. Kahawai could be a bit hit and miss but if the wind shifts north or west look for surface activity from Haumoana to Whirinaki. Otherwise hard work with good baits at the rivermouth areas should turn up a few for you.


What about big snapper? You say. Well my pick for them is Mohaka, Marine Parade, possibly Haumoana and medium size fish at Te Awanga.

Have a safe and fun weekend and bring some fish for us to admire at weigh in.

Gary K.

Rivers to Ranges FW2 Results

Photo: Mark Roberts.

Rivers to Ranges Field Weekend two was the first of our open weekends with 27 members fishing. Half the members took the opportunity to travel beyond the club boundaries while the other half chose to stay local. Of those who travelled, some found more fish than others, with the stand outs being Andy Brooks with a great mixed bag of snapper, gurnard, trevally, kahawai and blue moki and the Benge boys, James and Xavier, with some solid snapper and trevs from the far north. The other fish of note, and a very rare catch for any surfcaster was Kevin’s red moki (1.21kg) which I believe is a new club record. Good numbers of fish were also weighed by those who chose to fish our local waters, with the most notable being Sue Kemsley’s 1.05kg gurnard. Mark Roberts scored 2 solid snapper and a nearly 2kg trevally from TeAwanga and Rex nailed the first kingfish of the season weighing 5.2kg.
In total 97 fish were weighed, consisting of: 38 kahawai, 34 snapper, 7 trevally, 7 gurnard, 6 red cod, 2 barracouta, 1 red moki, 1 blue moki and a kingfish.
Four pin fish crossed the scales. Sue K, gurnard (1.05), Mark R, trevally (1.96), Andy B, blue moki (3.36) and Kane, kahawai (2.59). Well done!
Rivers to Ranges prize winners were: Heaviest snapper, James B. Heaviest gurnard, Sue K. Heaviest other went to Rex’s kingfish. Heaviest junior, Xavier B for his snapper and average weight kahawai went to Dion. Congratulations to all and thanks again to Rivers to Ranges for their generous sponsorship.
Just another reminder. Please present your fish at weigh in in clean condition. Fish covered in sand is not cool and run the risk of not being weighed…
Field weekend 3 is on the 18th- 19th November. Good luck.
Tight lines, Hamish.

Field Weekend 2 7-8 oct17 Points

Rivers to Ranges FW2

This weekend is the second in our 2017-18 calendar. Sponsored by Rivers to Ranges we have prize value of over $250 as per Snapper, Gurnard, Other, Average-Weight Kahawai and Junior.
The Gurnard jackpot starts afresh at $50 as it was won last field weekend.
There are no club boundaries this weekend, so you can fish anywhere in the country as long as you are back for the weigh-in at 2pm Sunday. 

A few words from Gary Kemsley
Well here we go on field weekend two. This is a bit different to the usual with open boundaries and a later finish with weigh in at 2pm on Sunday.

What can you do to maximise your chances of scoring more points? The fact that we are allowed to fish anywhere in New Zealand is not the one thing that will mean more points on the board, although it could. There were heaps of snapper at Thornton Beach in the BOP last weekend. Even I caught a couple in the Snapper 1000 contest. Matata and Pikowai could fire this coming weekend although they have been quieter just lately. They all could be a good choice to fish. I hear that some clubbies are going further afield to Omaio and other eastern BOP beaches. Good luck at places like Hawai and Torere both awesome snapper beaches.

Heading south it may be worth a visit to Castle Point for a big gurnard or two or Tora or White Rock for big lemonfish. Go west and you could fish the snapper beaches of South Beach at Wanganui and Santof further south of there. These places are all within reach if you want to have a drive and do some good planning around the weather.

Its a great chance to test yourself in new waters. You might strike it right and fill your bin!

There is still some fish to chase locally if you dont have time to travel or need to stay close to home. Awatoto has been giving up mixed results for kahawai with Haumoana and Te Awanga being similarly unreliable. I had a look at Mohaka this week and the river was pumping some mud out. No one was fishing there and I only caught two baby kahawai in a couple of hours on the incoming tide. The old favourites of Gill Road, the Esk mouth and Whirinaki Reef could all be worth a look too.

Snapper are starting to show from Whakamahi Beach north if you are heading up towards Mahia. Keep an eye on the weather.


If you are fishing eastern BOP beaches dont give up after dark. These beaches are notorious for producing nothing and then getting a run of fish between midnight and daylight. Never give up.

If you are heading west make sure you have some crayfish or crabs for bait. Its time for some big lemonfish to be caught.

Have fun, be careful and allow plenty of travelling time. Take a break or two it travelling long distances. You dont get any points if you dont get home.

Good luck and good fishing

Gary Kemsley


Streetwise field weekend one kicked off with excellent sea and weather conditions. Most members fished locally, with most catching good numbers of kahawai.
29 members fished with 120 fish crossing the scales. Consisting of:
102 kahawai
10 barracouta
4 red cod
3 gurnard
The highlights of the weekend for me… Seeing 3 gurnard caught, all from Ocean beach, 2 to Kane and 1 to James P which was also a pin and saw James take out the jackpot for the heaviest gurnard over 750g. Well done Kane and James.
The second highlight was the 4-pin kahawai weighed. These pin fish were caught by John Purser (2.56kg), Kevin O’Conner (2.6kg), Gary Kemsley (2.5kg) and a huge shout out to junior member Lochlan McKenzie for his (2.56kg) kahawai! Awesome effort.
Thirdly to the 4 juniors that weighed fish, Lochlan, Courtney, Xavier M and Xavier B, well done kids! Awesome to see all these juniors having a go. Big thanks also need to go to the mums and dads that get these kids out there fishing! They are after all the future of our club.
Congratulations to all who took out prizes, kindly donated by Streetwise Coffee. Don’t forget to support the local businesses that support us.
Just a few reminders. Please ensure all fish you want to weigh are clean and fresh. Fish covered in sand or putrid fish may not be accepted by this weighmaster. Also, ensure your fish meet minimum club sizes. If you’re unsure, check them against the measuring board before weigh in begins.
Good luck to all fishing field weekend 2. Remember this is an open field weekend, meaning you can fish anywhere and the weigh in will be at the later time of 2pm at the fire station.
Tight lines,