Last year with vehicle mechanical problems I arrived at the contest virtually as it started.
This year, my timing was a little better and there was time for me to settle in at the Park Motor Camp complex, catch up with some friends from previous contests and get myself organized to do a full day practice fish on the beach before the contest.
The eventual winning team tagged 44 fish for the week.
One of a thousand competitors and you are made to feel like family.
This sort of thing is no doubt a big factor in the popularity and continuing success of the Lion Red Snapper Classic Competition. lt was clear from the bins full of kahawai that the locals have a few hot spots for this species on the beach.
So as not to scare the fish, he cast his tuatua bait a short sixty metres onto the bed of shellfish.
It took Greg only ten minutes to make his every word come true as he proceeded to hook and played out a nice school snapper of about 1.8 kg.
Last year’s winning team blitzed the field with a total of 25 fish for the week.
This year it was neck in neck all the way and only a fish or two between teams.
Only two fishermen needed the services of the beach surf rescue team for the entire week!
Lots of big fish were taken including the eventual first prize ,000 cash, contest winning snapper of the week weighing 8.8 kilograms.
The Brlevich family who run both the Competitions and the Park enjoy treating their guests and competitors as extended family. This has some relevance as Tony Brljevich in conjunction with “The Park” will be organizing a 90 Mile Beach Kahawai Classic for the 5th and 6th of June of this year on similar lines to the Lion Red Snapper Classic. Folks I know well like Vern lreland, a local 90 Mile Beach Fishing Club Member.
Some good sized trevally came in too, biggest 4.28 kg and so did the snapper. Lance Pulman, a top dry land competition distance caster from Auckland.
Unobtrusively zapped “his” spot into my GPS then wandered over for a chat.