Despite navigating the challenging COVID-19 restrictions, 201 ladies participated in this year’s Fish ’N Chicks Tournament held at the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club.
With an unstable weather forecast consistently changing right up until the day before the tournament, the organisers were left having to make a call on if they could proceed as planned or if they would have to restrict anglers to harbour fishing.
Day 1 turned out to be beautiful, with a slight breeze and plenty of fish, while Day 2 was a lot quieter on the water and the weather wasn’t so favourable, so many chose to stay within the harbour limits.
A total of 87 fish were weighed over the two-day tournament. Some highlights were the three tagged-and-released marlin, including two first-time anglers Joleen Luke from the boat Riba and Hannah Mason from the boat Ocean Monarch. Shanel Honore also tagged a marlin from the boat Militia.
Other significant catches included those by Zoe Armistead from the boat Pasador catching the heaviest kingfish weighing in at 18.3kg and Michelle Laurin with the heaviest snapper from the boat The Sexy Beast weighing in at 7.7kg.
This year, the committee selected Homes of Hope as the charity to raise funds for. The organisation assists young people in the community requiring support to live away from their whānau in a foster care setting.
The tournament was able to raise $6070 by selling T-shirts, running raffles, and facilitating three silent auctions on the Tauranga Sports Fishing Club Facebook page.