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Over 150 keen kayak anglers enjoyed time on the water fishing in great weather conditions at Coromandel with plenty of fish coming in to the weigh station.

It was fantastic to see some the usual familiar faces with a large number of new comers attending and in the mix where more ladies and kids.

Some of the highlights were the younger upcoming kayak anglers bring in fish, it was also great to see a good number of kingfish this year.

After weigh in leading up to dinner the atmosphere is something special with everyone enjoying each other’s company, then there’s the whitebait fritters being passed around, delicious.

The social gathering and evening meal at the end of the day before prize giving was outstanding with a spread fit for kings. It certainly was a very impressive selection of food on offer with dessert to finish, leaving everyone very satisfied.

Dinner was followed with prize giving for the fishing competition that would be possible without the support and generosity of the following companies:

Aquanaut NZ – Sharkskin/Neptune

ARM – Phoenix Kayak

BLA – Humminbird

Bright Ideas – Catch Fishing

EBOP Kayak Fishing Club

Fog Dog – batter and spices

Glenn Wilson – Fish Bins

Outdoor Connection – Camping Gear

Papa Aroha Holiday Park

Pure Fishing – Berkley


BCS – Zest/Jigstar/Gamakatsu

Brittain Wynyard – Daiwa

Craig Daw – Snips/Gulp

Fishing NZ – Pioneer rod & reel

GME Communications

NZ Bay Fisher Magazine

Outdoor Sports NZ - Ocean Kayak

RA Conaghan – Halco /Plano


Rob Fort Series

Wholesale Marine Direct – Salt-Away.

Congratulations to all the anglers who won prizes in the fishing competition and due to the generosity of our sponsors many other participants at the event went away with spot prizes also.


Women’s Section - 1 st Snapper Helene McCullough - 1 st Kahawai Janene McIntyre

Kids Section – Snapper 1 st Jack Moses, 2 nd Callum Millar - Kahawai – 1 st Callum Millar, 2 nd Vinnie Wallwork

Open Section

Heaviest Snapper 35 – 60cm - 1 st Peter Besley, 2 nd Damon Bryant, 3 rd John Peraua, 4 th Glen Wilson,

Over 60cm Snapper (photo only) - 1 st Pete Bell, 2 nd Callum Millar

Heaviest Kahawai - 1 st - Dave Burrett, 2 nd Paul Rountree,

Heaviest Trevally - 1 st Bryan Jones

John Dory - 1 st Alex McLeod, 2 nd Scott Mclaren

Kingfish - 1 st Dave Burrett, 2 nd Alex McLeod

Mystery Catch - 1 st Damian Trownson (species bronze whaler), 2 nd Paul Steffensen (species squid)

Heaviest Fish Overall - Dave Burrett Kingfish 12.82kg

Average Weight Snapper - Scott McEwen 1.82kg

Mystery Weight Fish (Phoenix Kayak) - Peter Besley

Open draw prize Ocean Kayak Trident 4.3 - Tony Millar  

Coromandel Kayak Adventures would like to acknowledge and thank the following:

  • All who contacted us one way or the other with the positive feedback and words of appreciation for the event – makes all the hours spent with the organizing worthwhile.
  • Everyone who contributed to the BBQ and evening meal.

Special thanks:

All the helpers in the kitchen, John for supplying and takings photos on the water and at the event,Mike and Pete Bell for their effort with the spit roast and BBQ cooking, Robyn and Nigel for supplying the pie warmer,Annita and Arkwright for the facilities at Papa Aroha Holiday Par and the sponsors.

The friendly non-competitive nature of this event is designed for everyone no matter what kayak you paddle it’s all about the sport of kayak fishing and meeting like-minded people. If you are reading this and have yet to come to this event it well worth the effort.

Next year’s event – 4th November 2017. Many have already booked their accommodation a year in advance so don’t leave it too late if wanting a place to stay close by.