The Lion Red Furuno team is catching some big name sponsors and a record first prize for 2002. The grand entry prize is a Haines Hunter boat with Yamaha motor, DMW trailer and masses of fishing equipment, from rods to electronics totalling over $50k. Other prizes include â early bird draws (cut-off 19 December 2001), spot prizes, heaviest weights, average weight prizes, and more. There is even a poetry prize – just write a poem mentioning a sponsorâs name.
The tournament boundary includes the Greater Hauraki Gulf, from Cape Rodney, around the Mokohinaus, Great Barrier Island and ending at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula. Fish species include Snapper, Kingfish, Kahawai, John Dory, Trevally, Gurnard. All fish must be of legal size and each angler can only land a total of 20 fin fish per day.
Over 3000 fisherman/woman flock to the purpose built fishing facility of Pah Farm fishing Lodge on Kawau Island at the northern end of the Hauraki Gulf, for the 17th year of this renowned event. As well as the bountiful fishing in this prime spot, the great atmosphere, comradeship, legendary entertainment and fantastic prizes help make this the biggest fishing tournament in the country. The Fishing Lodge, situated at the head of Bon Accord harbour provides sheltered anchorage for boats of all sizes. At Pah Farm the 300 metre wharf is the gateway to the largest marque in New Zealand housing the nightly prize giving and entertainment from comedians and bands. There is a fully equipped camping ground at $5.00 per night (bookings are essential), Lodge Bar and Restaurant, Fast Food Tent, Water Taxiâs, Bait, Ice, Fuel, Oil, First Aid, Security and Radio Communications.
Entries are already rolling in, making the next tournament run on March 21/22/23rd 2002, the most competitive and exciting so far.