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,

Streetwise Coffee – Field Weekend #1

Well done to all those who turned out to fish field weekend #1. Awesome to have Streetwise coffee on board as sponsor for this event. Lots of cool prizes went out to some of the 29 members fishing. Over 100 Kahawai were weighed in with several of them over the 2.5kg pin-fish weight. 
Three Gurnard were caught which going by last years catch rates is a very promising start.
The heaviest Gurnard went to James Parahi with a 1kg pinfish taking the Jackpot for fish over .75kg. 

Plenty of Baracouta and Redcod are still being caught. One weighable SSH was brought in by Kane who also caught the other two Gurnard. Spiny Dogfish were causing havoc among those who fished at night with an endless stream of the trace-wrecking Ba#@*ards being caught and released.

Points for FW1 – September 9-10 2017

Streetwise Coffee – Field Weekend #1

The 2017-18 season kicks off this weekend September 9-10. The sponsor for this weekend is Streetwise Coffee so be sure to support them on your way to or from your fishing spots.
September​ can​ offer​ some​ ​great​ ​fishing​ ​if​ ​the​ ​weather​ ​gives​ ​us​ ​a ​break.
Snapper​ ​are​ ​always​ ​a ​ chance​ ​on​ ​beaches​ ​north​ ​of​ ​Napier​ ​and​ ​that​ ​could​ ​include​ ​Westshore!
Closer​ to​ ​home​ ​Awatoto,​ ​ ​east​ ​Clive​ and​ ​Haumoana​ ​will​ ​give​ ​up​ ​kahawai​ , ​ red​ ​cod,​ ​barracouta.
The​ ​reefs​ ​at​ ​TeAwanga,​ ​Napier​ ​port,​ ​whirinaki​ ​and​ ​Tangoio​ ​could​ ​be​ ​the​ ​place​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a ​​fat​ ​Moki.
There​ ​should​ ​be​ ​Lemonfish​ ​all​ ​along​ ​the​ ​coast​ ​you​ ​may​ ​need​ ​to​ ​just​ ​fish​ ​around​ ​a ​ ​bit​ ​to​ ​find
them,​ some​ ​could​ ​be​ ​large.
Up​ ​north​ ​at​ ​Whakaki,​ ​Blacks​ ​or​ ​over​ ​the​ ​hill​ ​at​ mahia​ ​there​ may​ ​be​ ​large,​ ​high​ ​scoring​ ​tope​ ​as
well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​hook​ ​a ​ ​big​ ​snapper.
Watch​ ​out​ ​for​ ​kahawai​ ​along​ ​the​ ​beaches​ ​at​ ​Bayview​ ​and​ ​Awatoto​ ​where​ ​they​ ​could​ ​be​ ​chasing
whitebait.​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​have​ ​some​ ​spinners​ ​with​ ​single​ ​or​ ​double​ ​hook.​ ​ No​ ​trebles!
Keep an eye on the local swellmap conditions on the left side of this page.
Good​ luck​ ​everyone. 

See you at the weigh-in Sunday 12.00.
Gary​ ​ Kemsley


This Season’s Calendar

FW1 September 9-10
Casting Day – September 24
FW2 October 7-8 (Open Boundary)
Casting Day (Postal) – November 5
FW3 November 18-19
FW4 December 2-3 (Hams)
Sunday Fish-Together #1 – January 14
FW5 January 20-21 (Challenge)
Kahawai Comp – January 28 (if available)
FW6 February 3-4 (Early Start)
Sunday Fish-Together #2 – February 11
FW7 February 17-18 (Pania Shield)
FW8 March 3-4 (+ Taradale Club)
Sunday Fish-Together #3 – March 11
FW9 March 17-18 (Early Start)
Casting Day – April 15
FW10 April 21-22 (Challenge)
FW11 May 12-13 (Open Boundary)

Open Boundary Weekends: ( FW2 and FW11 ) You can fish anywhere in NZ but must be back for weigh-in at 2pm Sunday.
Early Start Weekends: ( FW6 and FW9) – Fishing may commence at 6pm on the Friday night.
Sunday Fish-Together’s; Twilight series has been abandoned in favour of 3 Sunday Fish-Together’s. The Club Captain will decide which beach we fish at (according to the weather at the time) and fishing will be from 1.30 to 7.30pm with food and drinks afterwards. These 3 events will also count towards clubs points.



AGM news

At last night’s AGM. 
Jim Yeoman has stepped down as Club Captain, the new Club Captain is Peter Kilkelly. Many thanks to Jim for the past 6 years of hard work in that position. 
There is also a new weigh-master for this coming season. Hamish Nichol will be presiding over the scales for the 2017-18 season. Thanks also to Nikki Middleton for filling in with that position this last season.
Other club executive positions remain the same as last year. 
The club has purchased bulk 5 and 6 ounce sinkers for its members at a very good price, contact Yoey for more info.

Subs will remain as they were last year, a new member information form MUST be submitted when your subs are paid.

Next Brass Monkey will be on the 23rd July. Meet at the fire station car park at 8am to be told where we are fishing.