Fishing comp attracts $30,000 prize pool


Catching an average-sized snapper isn’t usually cause for too much celebration, but reeling in the average snapper next weekend will win some lucky fisherman or woman a brand new boat.

The Tasman Bay Snapper Classic is back and bigger than ever this year. The fishing competition has attracted more than $30,000 in prizes, including the $12,000 DNA 300 Dinghy Watercraft Trailer boat, which also comes with a Honda motor and trailer.

Organiser Troy Dando says it’s the biggest prize they’ve ever had. “It’s massive, it’s a whole boat, and not just a boat but with a brand new motor and trailer, it’s bloody amazing really.”

The Tasman Bay Snapper Classic is open to all fishermen and women and is on Saturday, February 20. Teams of four have from 5am until 4pm to catch whatever they can. There are prizes for the heaviest 15 snapper, heaviest three gurnard, kahawai and blue cod, and for the largest kingfish.

Among the prizes is cash. People can upload their photos of the their catch throughout the day to, the best three photos as judged by the website’s editor will win $150, $100 and $50 cash respectively.

To upload the photos, people need to download the app.

Before weighting-in and prize-giving, a fish auction will be held at the Speights Ale House. Anyone from the public can come and bid on a fish which will then be filleted onsite. All money raised from the fish auction will go to the Nelson Coastguard. The teams cup is also up for grabs for the four heaviest fish combined.

The Tasman Bay Snapper Classic is open to anyone who can form a team of four. Troy is expecting around 300 entries and says people don’t even need a boat. “You could go fishing off the wharf or the beach and catch an average-sized snapper. That might be enough to win you a new boat.”


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