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Superyacht fishing competition coming to NZ in 2022

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The competition will be held from 11 to 13 February 2022. Photo: Supplied

New Zealand is set to host a world-first superyacht sport fishing competition in the Bay of Islands next year.

The fishing competition, held prior to the NZ Millennium Cup superyacht regatta, will be open to yachts over 24 metres, with entry for up to five anglers per yacht.

Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the competition will be held from 11 to 13 February 2022, with entry fees costing $5500 + GST.

The entry also includes temporary membership to the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club – the oldest game fishing club in New Zealand and second oldest in the world. The club will also be on hand to provide expert guides, equipment, and advice as needed for each yacht entered in the competition.

Each entry will also see competitors gain access to a range of events designed to introduce them to the special brand of relaxed, luxury hospitality New Zealand is known for as well as the chance to compete for a world record-breaking catch.

Dubbed the angler’s El Dorado by Western novelist Zane Grey in the 1920s, Bay of Islands has a reputation for producing record-breaking striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, broadbill swordfish, yellowfin tuna, and kingfish, as well as tropical mahimahi for those ready to battle for them at the peak of summer.

The Northland Coast encompassing the Bay of Islands holds all world records for striped marlin, yellowtail kingfish, and snapper, with most past world records for striped marlin also set here.

For complete rules and more information on the tournament, visit

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