Arthurs Emporium Tutukaka Junior Tournament 2017

The Arthurs Emporium Tutukaka Junior Tournament opened the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club’s crazy Tournament season on January 7th & 8th with some 63 keen Junior Anglers taking to sea in great anticipation.  Our ever generous Sponsors, Arthurs Emporium, yet again providing great incentive with three Motorbikes up for grabs!!

Unfortunately the Sou’westers made conditions a little challenging – even for the fish!!  While a few “hook-ups” were recorded, and despite the best efforts by our Junior anglers, the Marlin would simply not play ball.

A great effort by Small Fry angler Charlie Harris fishing on Grandad’s boat “Just Magic”, and an example of true honesty and integrity,  saw the team disqualify their own 25.8kg Yellowfin Tuna landed on “Skippy” gear as the rod was inadvertently handled by an adult before Charlie took over the fight  The hard luck story of the tournament but an act in the true spirit of Sportfishing – Well done Charlie!

The Snapper section was well and truly sewn up by Toby Clayton fishing with his Dad on “Bin Full – Few Good Ones” with two Snapper weighing in at 2.38 and 2.58kg.

The Angler most points Gameshark section saw a tie for third place with 3 anglers each tagging and releasing a Shark – Amelia Attwood on “Mindy” with a Mako estimated at 25kg, Matte Perrin on “Hooked Ya” with a Blue Shark estimated at 60kg and Riley Gibson also on “Hooked Ya” with a Mako estimated at 40kg.  Second place went to Taine Donaldson fishing on “Bwana II” with his three tagged Makos estimated at 40, 50 and 70kg.  Top honours in this section went to three anglers also fishing on “Bwana II” who each tagged 5 Gamesharks – Lauren Ashby with 5 tagged Makos, Blake Hay with 4 tagged Makos and a tagged Blue Shark, and Fraser Donaldson with 5 tagged Makos.

So it was on to the Big Ones – the Motorbikes!!

The Quad bike for the “Small Fry Angler Most Points overall Marlin, Shark and Yellowtail” went to Fraser Donaldson on “Bwana II” with 135 points for his 5 tagged Makos and 1 tagged Yellowtail.

The Motorbike for the “Junior Angler Most Points Shark Section” went to Lauren Ashby fishing on “Bwana II” with 125 points for her 5 tagged Makos.

The third Motorbike for the “Junior Angler Most Points Marlin Section” could not be awarded so, another popular decision by our Sponsors sees the remaining Motorbike held over to be awarded to the first Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club Junior or Small Fry Angler to get TWO Marlin (tagged or landed) for the 2016/2017 Season.  If this is not achieved by the end of the 2016/2017 season, the motorbike will be awarded to the first Junior or Small Fry angler to have tagged or landed a Marlin after this Junior Tournament.

While the overall fish tally may not have been our best, it was certainly another great weekend here at Tutukaka for our Junior Anglers thanks to all of our generous sponsors and our special thanks to Toby and Arthur Brasting from Arthurs Emporium – you are amazing!!!!