Successful Hook Beach fishing competition

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Ninety-seven contestants turned out in fine conditions for the Canterbury Combined Fishing Club Competition on Sunday at Hook Beach.

The participants included 11 women and nine juniors, with the competition sectioned in several classes for the heaviest fish and the two-person teams event for the total weight of up to six fish each. A prize pool of nearly $2000 was up for grabs, donated by shops and hotels in the North Otago/South Canterbury district, including rods and reels, tackle bags, fishing gears, knives, hats and T-shirts.

The heaviest fish, a seven gill shark of nearly 14kg, was caught by Waimate local Travis Meyer, with around 40 elephant fish, several large skates, kahawai, red cod, crabs, trout and a flounder also caught.

Sunday’s Results:

1st team (Waimate): Craig Rowley (Waimate Mayor) and Renée Bullock

2nd Team (Pleasant Point): Greg Flannery and Khan Adam

3rd Team (Makikihi): Michael Champion and Jackson Champion.

1st Junior: Jackson Champion

2nd Junior: Rima Williams

3rd Junior: Alice Lowe

1st Female: Val Bennett (Kaiapoi).

By JAMES FORD

WINNER: Travis Meyer caught a seven gill shark of nearly 14kg to win the day’s heaviest fish competition.