Fishing Coordinator’s Report Easter 2023
The Grand Final of the MMBC Super Quad Fishing Series 2023 was held on Easter Friday and the boats lined up early even though it wasn’t clear if the fishing would be on or not. The weather forecast didn’t look promising but the BBQ breakfast provided by Metalcraft & Roofing sweetened the deal and a fresh easterly flattened the bar so over 80 boats could get out. Roger Fowler did a fantastic job on the radio and we thank him and all the other radio operators for the excellent work they do every single day of the year.
There were great catches of fish on Friday, mainly snapper and 15 big ones over 600mm were photographed and released back into the ocean. Plenty of fish were weighed in so there was no trouble allocating 15 prizes in all 4 categories to the heaviest fish of each species.
Despite cutting off registrations a day early there were well over 200 entrants and a fun time was had at a very packed prize giving. “Money or the Bag”, thanks to Brendan O’Brien, provided more light entertainment and culminated in an awesome “Pandora’s Box” mega-raffle worth over $1,000. Also valued at around $1,000.00 was the Traegar electric Smoker/BBQ , donated by Industry Training Solutions (ITS), drawn for a person wearing this year’s polo shirt at the event. Over 300 tickets were sold in a chilli bin raffle, proceeds of which were donated to the radio operators for the wonderful service they provide. Thank you to Alistair Culley for donating the chilli bin.
Congratulations to the crew of Nod Nod winners of the “3 Sisters” competition and very grateful recipients of the jet ski. Thanks again to AFC Motorcycles, Manawatu Security Fencing, GH Engineering and Buy Wholesale Vehicles for being fantastic sponsors of such a big-ticket item.
A magnificent $3,000.00 was raised for the Coastguard by the auction of a helicopter trip. Many thanks to Keven Roberts from Roberts Contracting for donating this awesome prize.
It was great to see the Easter Bunny could make it after a full schedule of egg deliveries to be our MC and to keep the whole show moving. Well done Lyal Brenton, you are eggstraordinary!!
We have such a great team who work so hard to make it all happen. Huge thanks to our Commodore, Fishing Committee, Executive, Radio Operators, Coastguard, carpark team, ramp clearing team, weigh station team, bar staff, food preparation and kitchen team, set-up and pack-up team, Club Manager and website manager – a magnificent effort!
Lastly please support our amazing sponsors whenever you can. The series is only possible because of their generosity and we want them to know it is appreciated and reciprocated. So many thanks everyone and happy fishing.
Manawatu Hunting & Fishing, McIntosh’s Farm Machinery & Cranes, AFC, GH Engineering, Manawatu Security Fencing, Buy Wholesale Vehicles, Tanenuiarangi Manawatū Incorporated
JDS Roofing, Max Wilson Jewellers, Coast to Coast Blinds, OK Fish, ITS, GR8NZlife, Team Davenport Property Brokers, Foxton Storage – Rent a Shed, Marine Services Whanganui.
Adamson & Holland, Wells Builders, MMBC, Metalcraft, Tenua Engineering, NW Foxton, Vortex Electrical, Flax Gift Gallery, DB Breweries, Burnsco, South Foxton Motors, Roberts Contracting.
Repco Levin, Leighton Judd The Joiner, Water & Beyond, Rimu Box Art, Quirky Creations, Longburn Drainage, KP Contracting, Hands of Health, Mr Grumpy’s Takeaways, Pioneer Outfitters, Foxton Beach 4 Square, Odyssey T-Shirts, Turners Sports, Peter Jamieson Builders, Tim Cook Harcourts Real Estate, Aqua Café & Bar, Yatai Restaurant, Tony Huisman Wooden Crafts, Steve’s Tyres, Team DH, W D Adin Truss Manufacturers, A1 Homes, Beauty & the Beach, Reg’s Takeaways.