Fish bite in bad weather

Unfavourable weather, causing a drop in anglers at the weekend’s Tauranga Sport Fishing Club’s annual snapper kingfish challenge, didn’t stop the fish biting.

The top reward for landing some amazing fish went to Josh Hough, who managed to take out heaviest snapper, heaviest kingfish and average weight snapper in the two day event, winning himself three rod and reel sets and tackle for his efforts.

Josh Hough is stoked with his winning snapper.

With a drop in numbers from previous years, due to conditions, the chance of winning was heightened, seeing the team aboard Gulf Seeker taking full advantage.

Run in conjunction with Fin-Nor Tackle and sponsored by Tauranga Tree Services, the competition saw a total six teams, between 17 anglers, enter, with 10 fish weighed in, including an impressive 15.5 kg kingfish caught on only 10 kg line by Lawrence Flude.

Most of the boats fished Mayor Island, with TSFC manager Grant Holley saying it’s a shame the weather didn’t work out, as it is a really good competition.

“After the briefing on Friday night only one team went out, they reported some big swells coming through out at Mayor Island,” says Grant.

“It was blowing 20 knot north-west and some big wind-chop most of the weekend.”

Grant says he hopes the weather will improve next year, so more anglers and families can get involved.

“Conditions make a competition.”

The December 7-8 competition saw anglers allowed to fish following a Friday night briefing, through to final weigh in 5pm Sunday.



1st Josh Hough 5.885

2nd Nick Roozenburg 3.860


1st Josh Hough 17.700

2nd Lawrence Flude 15.500

Average weight snapper: 3.396

Josh Hough 3.496

Average weight kingfish: 16.60

Kingfish drawn


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