The Game On Tournament was really well attended this year with 153 anglers up from 97 last year. Great to have All About Construction back on board thanks to Phil Eynon.


With early season striped marlin, blue marlin and spearfish all lodged firmly in this year’s fish catch it was clear the start to the season was well ahead of schedule leading up to this year’s Game On Tournament.  So with the Clubs foyer chocka full of catch boards and teams brimming with optimism about the three days ahead, it was little wonder the ensuing Calcutta auction raised a good deal of cash, in fact over $10,000!

The Calcutta cash could only be won by the successful bidders who had won the boats who would accumulated the most billfish points.  First place would claim 65% of the purse, second place 15% and 3rd 10%, with 10% going to the Club. To explain the Calcutta briefly, Billfish points could be accumulated in two ways.  Weighing a fish; where by the fishes weight is times by 100 and then divided by the line weight.  The second way is to release a tagged billfish (blue/black sword or striped marlin) all worth 400 points irrespective of size, with a tagged s/b spearfish also worth 150 points.

This year we had a few new faces involved in event! A big thank you must go to Alistair Beer for his silky smooth auctioneering skills and of course to all of those anglers new and returning that got involved in the bidding.  It was also nice to welcome Burger Fuel on board who were flat our marketing and giving away their catch of the day burgers!

Now the $10k Calcutta sum clearly provides more than enough incentive for teams to fish hard and that’s what was going to be needed as the weather forecast had again looked to play some dirty tricks.

Stronger winds than expected made for challenging fishing conditions on the first day (Friday) but a hot bite and plenty of action on the water more than made up for the weather.  As forecast Saturday delivered really nice conditions but the action slowed to snail pace, then Sunday the wind came up again and the fishing seemed to deteriorate with few opportunities for those boats out braving the windy SW conditions.


Regardless of our weather woes the comp in the end did see some very nice fish caught (and lost).  Most notably the team of Andros’s landing a nice blue marlin 191kg, all of this to first time angler Carl Shannon.  Good to see the new engine is pulling the fish guys!  A beautiful Big Eye Tuna of 72.6kg to the First Class team and again this was a first time angler Amanda Thompson responsible for this superb effort.  The team on Ocean Pacific never far from the action picked up second place tuna with a fine 17.04kg Albacore, and after two years of hard luck stories the team on Erice Marie showed there not just here to make up the numbers securing a nice stripey to take first place in this section. The s/b spearfish section was won by Deryk Nielsen fishing on Black Label, while two others were tagged by teams chasing the calcutta points.

It is always nice to see plenty of fish being released and this was the case again this year with Free Flo, Riba, Happy Hour, Kyrenia all tagging marlin this year.  In the Calcutta results the decision to tag fish paid big dividends for the team on Kyrenia this year who managed to edge out Andros for first place, and a three way tie for third between Freeflo, Happy Hour and Riba all splitting the Calcutta prize pool of over $10k.

Well done to all of our anglers who were looking a little battle worn on Sunday, it was awesome having you all back at the Club enjoying the hospitality, spot prizes and relaxing! Of course another big shout out to our amazing sponsors All About Construction, Wet & Forget, Burger Fuel, NZ Bayfisher Mag, Glass Art and Shimano.  Double thumbs UP !!!



2019 Hirepool Trailer Boat Tournament Report


2019 Hirepool Trailer Boat Tournament Report


It was wonderful again to see the Fishing and Adventure syndicate of sponsors back again this year, and with such great sponsor support it was obvious the prize table would again be stacked high with incredible prizes.

Its seems every year the trailer park on Sulphur Point just gets busier and busier, and this year was no exception.  With stellar weather from Boxing day the ramps were once again heaving with activity and with marlin and spearfish being caught in the days prior to the event there was certainly a good buzz around the timing.

Once again this year the early focus was on the weather and with a bit of a blow showing 15-18knots from the south west, and it really didn’t look bad enough for a postponement.  Annoyingly Friday, our first fishing day greeted us with a strong wind advisory but with anglers already on the water, it was up to our skippers to make the right safety calls for the teams and assess the changing conditions themselves.  The sou’wester did still provide plenty of fishing opportunities with many of the species on our schedule inshore.

So all in all 126 anglers battled what were some challenging conditions.  155 fish were entered into the tournament, one third of these in the Honda Measure and Release section.  The longest kingy stretching out to 113cm for angler David Hunt while the longest Snapper was caught measured at 72cm and released to claim 1st place longest snapper!


In the weigh sections the heaviest Snapper was caught by Scott Parry from the Fishing & Adventure show weighing in at 9.78kg (Scott also took 3rd with a 5.36kg fish!) and junior Tyler Speed featured strongly with a 7.005kg snapper.

It was nice to see the wreck fish category competitive again this year with 14 fish the best a 17.2kg Bluenose caught by Joe Gordon of Mangawahi Mitress.  Darren Richardson managed the winning the kahawahi and Sharryn Clark the biggest in the Skipjack section.

Congratulations also to Hayden Speed and the Mayhem team for their fantastic hero shot winning the Raymarine Hero Shot for 2019, and likewise congratulations to all of our anglers for competing and enjoying this years Hirepool Trailer Boat event. Finally a shout out to all those skippers who did a great job keeping your people safe on the water!

To see all the tournament and hero images check out the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club Facebook Page!


A massive thank you to our wonderful sponsors Black MagicOkuma, Honda Marine, RaymarineSurtees Boats, Topcatch, Wet & Forget and NZ Bayfsher Magazine.



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With the weather gods smiling on us for the weekend we were able to confidently call this years Snapper Kingfish tournament ON.  However those same weather gods played a sneaky hand by serving up close to 20 knots of wind on a variable 5 knot forecast for the first day.  With teams tucked away at Motiti, Mayor and White island the later part of Saturday, these northerlies sent many teams in early and forced the others to seek a bit of shelter. Sunday was much better and allowed the boats to spread out and with this came some stunning results with the hard work that was put in.

Overall the fishing reports varied considerably from team to team with many finding the coastal fishing tough over the sand.  This was in contrast to those teams targeting snapper over reef structure with reports of spectacular soft-baiting and solid snapper in the 40-60cm region both around Motiti and Mayor with Plate Island fishing pretty well also. It was so good to see more and more anglers releasing their Snapper and nice for our sponsors and us as organisers to know these events don’t always need to impact heavily on local fish stocks to be regarded as a successful event.  The top three release Snapper were absolute beauties measuring 74, 75 and 76cm respectively with the winning fish going to Aidan Brown of In Pursuit.  In the weigh category there were only 15 fish weighed (versus 18 in the M&R!) With the best of these pulling the scales down to 10.695kg and caught by Jamie Lee fishing on Reel Heaven.

The kingfish fishing had been pretty good at Mayor and Schooner over the weekend, with anglers talking about how the top-water fishing had been hotting up and how much of the fishing had been extremely visual.  The flip side of this is the bronze whaler populations anecdotally looked to have increased with many hooked kingies this past weekend unfortunately falling to these veracious predators.  The longest kingie category this year went to Kyle Erikson fishing off Elevar (114cm) who not only picked up an incredible Accurate fishing combo but also took home the Dave Foley Memorial trophy.  Only 2 kingies weighed in versus 22 in the measure and release, with the biggest weighed being awarded to Jason Hamlyn fishing off Riba.

It was great to see so many of you back at the Club on Sunday for prize giving and enjoying the lucky draws and atmosphere.  Finally a massive thankyou to our sponsors namely Decoro, Rockgas Tauranga, NZ Bayfisher Magazine and Okuma NZ!

2018 Snapper Kingfish Results





After the disappointing lost last year there was always a steely resolve among our anglers, that this year would be different.  The comment was made by so many anglers that the great prizes on offer from Penn and Decoro were only really a distraction in terms of what was the goal, that being to bring the Shield back to our Club.

The rivalry between the Mount Club and ours is truly alive and well with the competition now into its 24th year.  Club dominance has been a hall mark of this competition with early domination from Tauranga then for a long spell the Mount dominated 2007-2014, the Tauranga SFC only picking up in a win in 2015, a cancelation in 2016 and then the loss in 2017.

This year the fishing was tough going, however there were some outstanding results. Notably the sizable snapper this year, with all the top ten being over 5kg and the top 3 all over 9kg. The crew on King Hit were on fire dominating both the Kingfish and Trevally sections.  The Tarakihi were also dominated by Tauranga boats as was the Gurnard and John Dory categories.  The communication this year among our interclub group was outstanding ensuring no holes in the species schedule were left unplugged.

So…this year I’m thrilled to announce that the Tauranga Club has won back the Interclub shield in emphatic fashion.  Turning up with 99 anglers versus 54 for the Mount, it was always going to be a tough task for the defenders.  After the dust settled it was a complete white wash with the Tauranga SFC recording 291 points versus the Mount’s 134.

Having so many keen and committed anglers on the water this year was the difference.  Now with two trophy victories a piece for each Club over the last five years, the flip flop nature of who wins the Shield only makes the importance grow year on year.  The sense of pride among our group was clear on Sunday evening, so well done everyone.  So enjoy that well-deserved beer, and let’s enjoy the moment BUT make it a promise to return next year and defend our log’o wood.


1st Cody Burdis 22.64kg Mount 1st Carey Wilson 9.865kg Mount
2nd Cody Burdis 16.78kg Mount 2nd Mason Achison 9.276kg Tauranga
3rd Lee Thomson 10.24kg Tauranga 3rd Te Pua Russell 9.072kg Mount
1st Charlie Champness 4.54kg Tauranga 1st Adam Harvey 3.07kg Tauranga
2nd Charlie Champness 4.12kg Tauranga 2nd Russell Harvey 2.925kg Tauranga
3rd Hayden Speed 3.955kg Mount 3rd Rod Barnett 2.79kg Mount
1st Anthony Hedgeman 1.64kg Tauranga 1st Steve Vercoe 1.225kg Tauranga
2nd Marty Saunders 1.56kg Tauranga 2nd Murray Wooster 0.994kg Tauranga
3rd Mark Armistead 1.49kg Tauranga 3rd Jason Hamlyn 0.888kg Tauranga
1st Charlie Champness 23.48kg Tauranga 1st Luke Dolman 2.15kg Tauranga
2nd Michael Wheeler 17.44kg Tauranga 2nd Mark Cairns 2.05kg Tauranga
3rd Michael Wheeler 16.02kg Tauranga 3rd Winston Cox 1.985kg Mount






Fishing Report 19th Sept 2018


FISHING REPORT (hauraki FM, The Hits, Radio Sport)

A busy little club over the past weekend with all of the local ramps heaving with trailer boat traffic and many of the launches out too.

Of course two tournaments running right now an through the month of September this being the Tarpaulin Makers Albacore Hapuka Tournament and the Russell Hardie / Marine Reflections Top Gun Challenge with Gurnard now the species of the month.

Hayden Elmsly and his team on Satisfaction got into some nice bluenose in the 6-9kg range while Jason McMillan got on the board fishing on Valhalla landed a respectable 16.12kg Albacore all from High Duty Plastics sponsors grid

There are still some cracker Snapper about too, with Paul Baxter landing a 9.5kg and Aidan Brown a 9.73kg from his kayak, this one topping the leader board in the Russell Hardie / Marine Reflections Top Gun Challenge.

At the Club we have a very busy month ahead with the Interclub Tournament on the weekend of the 29th & 30th September, we need all our troops so sign up now.  Also the iconic Monster Trout Tournament at Lake Rotoiti this kicking off on the 5th October, get your entry and licence now from the great guys at Hamills Tauranga on Cameron Road.  To find out more or to enter any of these great events go tsfc.co.nz

Hunting & Fishing SNAPPER CLASSIC Report June 2018


Hunting & Fishing SNAPPER CLASSIC Report June 2018


Well we were blessed finally with a fine weekend (after weeks of dud’s) that co-insided with the Hunting & Fishing Snapper Classic, this giving 75 anglers the opportunity to get out there a good couple of days on the water.  This past Saturday was an absolute pearler that saw the ramps teaming with trailers and the marina carpark full.

So with such nice weather the teams headed out far and wide as well as some targeting the coastal shallows.  Both Motiti and Mayor were reasonably tough going until a late afternoon bite opened the flood gates on plenty of 2-3kg fish.

On the coast down towards Rogers Road it was the kayaking duo named “Downtown” using nothing but paddle power who secured all of the biggest snapper, the biggest a 7.715kg for the comp.   1st, 2nd and 3rd places all went to Michael Brown and average weight to Ross Brown in what commonly known as a white wash!…well done fellas.  Just goes to show you don’t need a big flash boat to catch quality fish.

Well done to Mitchell Tombleson releasing the biggest snapper for the event, a 75cm beauty.  It always pleasing to the M&R section getting more popular with plent of fish released this year to fight another day!.

Off shore, the deepwater bluenose cleaned up the wreck fish section. Well done to Vaughan Craven and Graham Burns placing first and 2nd with Trevor McLaughlin taking out the terakihi section with a 1.55kg fish.

So a wonderful few days on the water for most, with most anglers returning with a healthy feed for the families. Well done to all of those anglers that weighed fish and of course a big thankyou to the team at Hunting and Fishing Tauranga (and Scotty for making it to prize giving!) The Finnor, Daiwa, Coleman prizes went down a treat as did the stunning H&F clothing!


Tauranga Fishing Report 14th June 2018


Voiced for NZME – Radio Hauraki, The Hits, Radio Sport 

Well we were blessed finally with a fine weekend that co-insided with the Hunting & Fishing Snapper Classic giving the 75 anglers a good couple of days on the water.

The teams headed out far and wide as well as some targeting the coastal shallows.  Both Motiti and Mayor were reasonably tough going until a late afternoon bite opened the flood gates on plenty of 2-3kg fish.  On the coast it was the kayaking duo named “Downtown” using nothing but paddle power who secured all of the biggest snapper, the biggest 7.715kg for the comp.   1st, 2nd and 3rd places all went to Michael Brown and average weight toRoss Brown in what commonly known as a white wash!…well done fellas.  Just goes to show you don’t need a big flash boat to catch quality fish.

Also well done to Mitchell Tombleson releasing the biggest snapper for the event, a 75cm beauty, great to see so many released fish this year.

Off shore, the deepwater bluenose cleaned up the wreck fish section. Well done to Vaughan Craven and Graham Burns placing first and 2nd with Trevor McLaughlin taking out the terakihi section with a 1.55kg fish.

Thank you to all of our incredible sponsors that turned out to our Sponsors Evening last night, it was a great opportunity to recap the past year as well as enjoy a some great food and a few drinks.  The money raised last night was another record high, so we are looking forward to the 2018-19 fish year ahead.

For details on all the fish reports and events coming up make sure you visit tsfc.co.nz or catch us on facebook.




The stage was set again for that exciting time of year when the 80W mono sets get switched out for the deep drop sets, concrete bricks and diamond lights.  The Broadbill Challenge was back and with an exciting twist, with the help of Bay Insurance Brokers we were going to offer a $10,000 cash prize for the first Sword caught over 250kg.  Of course the fish needed to be caught inside chart and in accordance with IGFA rules.  Statistically it looked like a longshot as there had only ever been one fish caught over this mark in the Clubs 95 year history, this going to L Chinn back in 1969. What we do know is that these fish exist in our waters and although not abundant, it presented the perfect challenge.  Better yet, it was considered by a few that the 250kg benchmark was somewhat achievable, with the recent improvements in our knowledge of these fish, the gear and of course the techniques.

Clearly many of you thought that this target was achievable at this year as this year we had 89 hardy anglers sign up for the challenge versus just 39 last year.  The wonderful prizes were also somewhat of a motivator from Decoro, Stoney Creek and NZ Bayfisher and of course those fantastic trophies from Glass Art.


May 1st and day one produced a lovely day seeing a few boats rolling out and it didn’t take long for the phone to ring with news of the first tagged sword down in FMT Mortgage Finance #13 by Cody Joss on board Matilda, this one hooked at 11.20am and taking just 20minutes to the boat.  What a great start!  Things stepped up a gear at 3.15pm that same day with a call from the lads on King Hit indicating that they were hooked up to a nice one in High Duty Plastics #24.  This was landed just before 6pm and with the guys struggling to get it in the boat, questions on landed started to fly as to whether this was a contender for the 10k!  Late Tuesday night this fish pulled the gantry scales down to 174.7kg in what could be described as almost the perfect start to the event and the bar being set high from the first day.

The next weekend although the weather was not the kindest the entire comp was “chomping at the bit” to get out and it looked like that many of the teams were making the effort.  The 4/5th May produced some nice fish over the weekend with Dayle Lee getting a nice fish on a night bait. I understand this was the first time the guys on Fin Finder had tried this, and boom! This fish tipped the scales at 93.1kg.  Brothers in Arms struck the next day with an almost identical fish weighing 92.8kg landed by Jason Beck after an hour on the rod, all these again out of High Duty Plastics #24.  Further north Jans Decision also had a bite at 2.45pm, this one being tagged after an hour and eventually ended up being the last tagged for the comp.

The 12th May saw Isaac Holmberg on Elevar hit the mark hooking and landing a nice 98.9kg broadbill out of Walling Enterprises.

The weather interruptions have become standard part of trying to fish through May, with the regular storms causing frustrations as anglers become shore bound and we had to wait another week for the next proper window before the next fish, and the wait was worth it!!!

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Weekly Fishing Report 10th June 2018


Voiced at NZME for Radio Hauraki, Radio Sport.

10th June 2018

Well after some wild and wooley weather it finally looks like we have a ripper of a forecast for the Hunting & Fishing SNAPPER CLASSIC this weekend.  Now this will see around 100 anglers out there chasing those big early winter snapper.  Still good reports off the sand inside of Karewa Island with 18-22m, also inside Motiti in the same depth range, that’s south of the knoll, scattered foul in this area is also worth targeting with the softbaits right now.  The water temp has dropped to a cooler 17 degrees, so over the next month the snapper will thin slightly, so using your electronics will become more important to understand where these Snapper are holding.

Big congratulations to all of our GFAB Trailers Broadbill Challenge anglers, the winning fish going to Tony Dolman, second place Jess Milnes and third Charlie Champness, special thanks to Glass Art and NZ Bayfisher Magazine.

Wednesday next week the Club is hosting all of our sponsors in the Club for an evening reviewing the past 12 months and unveiling plans for the season ahead.  If you are interested in finding out more about the sponsorship opportunities in the Club , come along and enjoy an evening!

To find out more about our great events and or to contact us go to www.tsfc.co.nz