THE 2015 ANNUAL KAYAK FISHING CLUB GET TOGETHER
The event started on Friday night with registration and briefing where everyone was provided with a run down on the fishing and other information including the weather forecast. It was great to see some old familiar faces as well as a large number of new comers to the sport of kayak fishing. At briefing attendees who were on their own soon had a buddy to fish with on the water the next day. Some also indicated they wanted to learn softbait fishing with Dave Burrett and would need to meet him out the front of Papa Aroha Holiday Park between 5.30-5.45am. The next day of the competition had all fishing in ideal conditions and the reports that came in showed various results with some finding things slow while others getting among plenty of fish.
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The snapper section proved to be a challenge also with the size limited to fish from 35 to 60cm. It certainly kept the category open for anyone to win and some were unlucky with fish only half a centimetre too big. Weigh in from 3 to 5pm saw plenty of snapper coming in at a range of sizes plus some very nice john dory with most caught on softbaits. A number of photos were also presented of snapper that came into the over 60cm category with some of them up to 20lbs. Not many kahawai came in and these proved to be elusive on the day as did trevally and kingfish. We also had some blue cod, gurnard and squid come in for the mystery species. The best part was seeing some of the younger competitors bringing in their catch and always great to get kids into the outdoors.
The day was quite hot with full sunshine making the evening social pleasant and the dinner at 6.30pm went down well. One of the highlights was Mike and Pete Bell doing smoked pork and chicken in the spit roast they brought along. It certainly was a splendid feast with most making a big effort with food they had prepared and Janet was the main driving force behind this.
Prize giving followed the meal and the amount of prizes given out was amazing with the majority of club members taking away plenty of goodies.
Women's Section - Snapper, 1st Renee Guerts, 2nd Gaynor Bell
Kids Section - Snapper, 1st Jordon Ralph, 2nd Alisha Hall, 3rd Alex Bell - Mystery Species, Alex Bell
Snapper 35 to 60cm - 1st Jordon Hall, 2nd Craig Graham, 3rd Dylan Chapman, 4th Nathan Oliver Thompson
Snapper over 60cm Photo - 1st Dylan Chapman, 2nd Andrew Jenkins, 3rd Kerry Rielly & Nathan Oliver Thompson
Kahawai - 1st Bryan Jones, 2nd Wayne Hickman
John Dory - 1st Peter Besley, 2nd Steve Haines
Mystery Catch - 1st Darren Hindle, 2nd Ian Jonkers, 3rd Adam Nilsson
Heaviest Fish - Jordon Hall
Average Weight Snapper - Kerry Rielly
Mystery Weight Fish - Jordon Hall
After the competition prize giving we took a short break to enjoy some dessert and it was yet another amazing array of sweet things that included fruit salad, cakes, cheese cake, strawberries, apple pie and much more. Then it was time to draw the spot prizes and with over 35 prize packs to give away most got to take something away with them.
This event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. This year we had a massive amount of prizes turn up from our suppliers and Rob Fort's personal sponsors. The amount of support we receive from them is truly epic and really sums up how serious they support the sport of kayak fishing and this get together. We would like to thank everyone of them and ask that you do the same by purchasing and using their products because they work so well. They are:
AQUANAUT NZ - Sharkskin watersport clothing
BLA NZ - Humminbird fish finders
CATCH FISHING - jigs and inchiku lures
CRAIG DAW - personal knives
COROMANDEL KAYAK ADVENTURES - everything kayak fishing
EBOP KAYAK FISHING CLUB - annual competition entry tickets
FOGDOG - beer batter
FISHING NZ - Pioneer rod/reel
LEGASEA - jacket, t-shirt and caps
NZ BAYFISHER - magazines, fisherchick knot books and subscriptions
OCEAN KAYAK - paddles, PFD's and seats
PAPA AROHA HOLIDAY PARK - Venue and accommodation vouchers
PHOENIX KAYAKS - Hornet fishing kayak
PURE FISHING NZ - Berkley Gulp Softbaits
RASDEX NZ - dry pants and kayak transport flags
R A CONAGHAN - Halco lures
ROB FORT SERIES - fishing and kayaking accessories
VISION FRESH - fruit and vegetable produce
WHOLESALE MARINE DIRECT - Salt-Away and Mothers polish
The social get together and fishing competition was another huge success with the weather offering near perfect conditions for all who attended. It was great to catch up with everyone and a big thank you to all who contributed and helped out at the event.
Next years CKA Club Get Together is to be held at Papa Aroha Holiday Park on the 4th and 5th November 2016.
Look forward to seeing you there - cheers and happy kayak fishing Rob and Janet