Field Weekend #5

Twenty five members turned out to fish field weekend #5. They travelled as far as Diners beach in the north, to Porangahau in the south. Many good fish were landed at the extremes of the HB boundary, including a solid 3.205 Kg Kahawai caught by Gary Kemsley at Porangahau and some monster Lemons caught by Kane Wrigglesworth at Mohaka.
Heaviest fish overall was a 15.460 Kg Tope caught by Kevin O’Connor.
There were 84 fish weighed in total.

47 Kahawai
18 Snapper
11 Lemons
3 Trevally
3 Barracuda
2 Tope.

Field weekend 5 results.pdf

Have a safe and enjoyable Xmas break, we’ll see you all back on the beach mid-January 🙂



Twilight #5

Well 10 or so members fished the twilight at Westshore last night but no weighable fish were caught.
Andy had some fun with a small ray, and the rest of us played catch/release with undersize trevs.

So far the grand total of fish caught in 4 evenings in this seasons twilight comp is two Kahawai..

Hopefully this weekend’s efforts will be better rewarded 🙂


Xmas BBQ

Another great Pania Xmas BBQ. Cheers for all the effort of those who turned up and all the great Salads provided. Thanks to the Napier Fire Brigade for the use of a great venue and to Hamish and Family for great bar service and many thanks to our chief Chef Mark.
I’ll see you all at weigh in next Sunday. Enjoy what is supposed to be a great weekend in the Bay of Big Snaps.

Lemonfish weights

Hi everyone.
There seems to be some conjecture regarding my formula for calculating Trunked weight to Landed weight. I do this by taking the Trunked weight, dividing it by 2 and multiplying by 3.1. Interestingly enough, in discussion today with HB Seafoods, Tangaroa Seafoods and MAF, this is the formula used in the Fishing Industry except they have simplified it by multiplying the Trunked weight by 1.55 which gives the same result. All have confirmed that this formula is almost near to perfect and only will vary to some degree if a Female is in Pup. So just to clarify the new Pin weight.
5kg    100points
6kg    125points
7kg    150points
8kg    175points
Increasing by 25 points per/kg thereafter.
Both of these fishing Companies are adamant that the only way this formula will not work is if the fish are Trunked incorrectly.
You do have the option of bringing into weigh in the remains of your Lemon/SSH but they wil NOT be weighed whole.

Twilight fish #4

IMG_7347Nine hardy (insane) members attempted to fish at Awatoto tonight. The sea was dirty but not excessively rough. Steady rain made things uncomfortable, but the drifting weed made fishing all but impossible.
You know when you cant wind in your line because of the blobs of thin hair-like weed jamming in the guides, its time to call it a day.

No fish were caught.

Field Weekend #4 (Hams Weekend)

I good turnout of members entered the competition chasing Hams and meat packs.
Most headed north of Napier trying to find clean water. Alas clean water was all some found.
James Benge and Kane Wrigglesworth were the two stand out anglers each with a good collection of species including Tope sharks, Smooth hound, Snapper, and Kahawai.

Luckily for the rest of us, only one prize could be won per person, so even those who didn’t fair that well at the weigh in still managed to win meat packs etc.

Well done those who did manage to win hams, your efforts, skill and knowledge paid off.

Weigh in list – species and weights


Twilight fish #1

Nine members braved the cold blustery conditions at Awatoto tonight. The swell was quite large and the water somewhat murky. Nobody caught a weighable fish. The next Twilight fish is Wednesday the 20th November in the same place.

Field Weekend # 3 Results

Field weekend #3 was tough going for most participants. Southerly winds combined with an Easterly swell made things pretty uncomfortable on the beach for most. It also seems to have put the fish off as well.
Thirty three members fished, but only 9 successful members weighed fish. There were 19 fish weighed.
James Benge caught the heaviest fish, a 7.8kg Tope shark as well as 4 snapper to 1.06kg, and two Lemons to 2.9kg.
There were 9 Kahawai weighed in, along with a Conger eel of 2.1kg and a Redcod of 0.98kg

Well done to all who gave it a shot.

Who caught what.pdf