With a full moon overhead it wasn’t the greatest outlook for this year’s tournament but that certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the participants in the 2019 edition of the Southpac Truckers & Loggers Fishing Tournament.


Setting even more new records with 43 teams and 163 anglers pre registering, entries were closed a week out from the tournament. There were also a record number of prizes up for grabs with over $75,000 worth of Shimano fishing equipment, power tools from ITM Haruru, Weber BBQ’s from Barrels 100% Whangarei, televisions and wireless head phones from Panasonic, blokey stuff from the Man Cave and Castrol retro ice bins and baggage and a Mavic Drone from Castrol.


Fishing on Day 1 was slow on the game fish front with only one Marlin tagged – by the Kenworth team on the boat Ata Rangi.


The Snapper and Kingfish boys were out measuring and releasing a good number of fish, which looked like it would be the story of the tournament.


Day 2 and more of the same, with one lone tagged marlin to team DAF on El Torito and plenty more snapper and kingfish. A few sharks were being tagged as well.


By Day 3, the game fishing boys were getting a bit desparate but the marlin finally showed up with several hooked and five eventual tags or landings.


So, after three days fishing the results were in and the winners presented with their prizes on Saturday night at the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club Paihia clubhouse.


Winning angler, team and skipper and deckie went to the Superfreight Team on the boat Diesel, with Clark McRobbie taking out top angler and the team made up of Mack Peach, Clark McRobbie and Colin Mariner and skipper Rowan White and Lance Peach as deckie...


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