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WHAKATANE Sport Fishing Club says the 2020 New World junior fishing tournament was one of the best it has held this century.

The three-day event held in Whakatane, had 112 anglers take part who caught a good range of fish species. Club manager Mark Read says the event went superbly, with the weather being fantastic for the whole three days.

He says participant numbers were up on previous years and feedback from other club members was that it was the best junior competition in 20 years.

“Every tournament we’ve held this season has been bigger than their equivalent from last year, so that’s certainly a positive for the club.’’ He says they had competitors from outside the region compete. “A small number of boats stayed out at sea for the duration of the tournament, while we had good numbers come back in with each day.’’

The club was full for the prizegiving with numerous awards given to the competitors for their various catches.

category winners

Eleven years and under

Alexis Ogle (heaviest tarakihi), Darnell Vanderwerff (heaviest trevally), Jenna Horner (heaviest kahawai), Malakai Ogle (heaviest snapper), Fletcher Davis (heaviest kingfish).

Twelve to 17 years

Keisha Dempster, Bay of Islands, (heaviest terakihi), Bailey Carmichael (heaviest trevally), Kyle Mills (heaviest kahawai), Wyatt Johnston (heaviest snapper), Bailey Carmichael (heaviest kingfish).

Photos Troy Baker