Fishing competition results 2018

In picture perfect conditions on Saturday March 24th boats launched early from the Whanganui slipway for the annual Totally Vets Group Fishing Competition.

This year we had over 100 anglers take to the water with eager smiles and high expectations.

They were not disappointed.  Reports from some folks said that the snapper were virtually jumping in the boat!  We had over 250kg total weight of snapper across the scales (comprised of 85 fish) plus many good quality blue cod & gurnard, a load of trevally and a couple of big kingfish.

The eagerly contested LA Landscapes Most Average Snapper category was won by Pete Loveridge (on board Chirpy) with a good snapper of 2.60kg. There were also runner-up prizes for the snapper each side of this going to Colin Dalziell (Legacy) at 2.77kg and Lynette Worsfold (4 Play) at 2.58kg.

Other winners were:


1st Dan Flanagan (Sunrise) 8.10kg
2nd James Mare (Sunrise) 7.41kg
3rd Guy Haynes (Chirpy) 7.40kg


1st Ron Dodunski (TB-3) 2.29kg
2nd Alan Dalziell (Legacy) 2.27kg
3rd James Mare (Sunrise) 2.20kg


1st Kevin Beazer (HeeHaa) 1.94kg
2nd Gwen Heap (Samurai) 1.89kg
3rd Terry Hawkins (True Blue) 1.78kg


1st David Clarke (Ali-Rae) 1.10kg
2nd Tony Haywood (Totally Addicted) 0.93kg
3rd Reuben Harland (Jean Paul) 0.92kg


1st Rick Pettigrew (True Blue) 1.13kg
2nd Rachel Pettigrew (True Blue) 0.98kg
3rd Paul Berry (Poppy) 0.82kg


Gwen Heap (Samurai)


Lindsay Johnstone (Shilo)


Bruce Callon (4 Play) with a 10.02kg Kingfish


The Turners Sportsworld prizes

Drawn by Turners Sportsworld for customers who made a purchase in store in the three weeks preceding the Fishing Competition

1st Baily Heap (Wolf Pack)
2nd Rachel Pettigrew (True Blue)
3rd Phil Jolly (Sunrise)

A huge big thank you goes out to all our very generous sponsors. Without their amazing support this event would not be the success that it is. Along with prizes for all the category winners we had over 50 spot prizes up for grabs. All up we had over $5000 worth of goodies to give away.


This year's sponsors were:

FMG, Manawatu Toyota, BNZ, AllanMcNeill, Ethical Agents, Gribbles Veterinary, CR Law, MSD, Bayer, Boehringer Ingleheim, Alleva, Provet, Mars/Nutro, VetPack, Sirona, Zoetis, Virbac, La Vita Coffe Roastery, Garratt Motor Group, Murray's Irish Bar, Kaiwaka, Scotts'Pump & Mower Services, Blackmores, Saleyards Café, Premier Breeding Services, Kilwell, Speirs Foods, Hunting & Fishing Manawatu, Turners Sportsworld and LA Landscapes

One more big thank you goes to Brian & Daryl from The Whanganui/Manawatu Sea Fishing Club for all of their help on the day, Tracey Alston from Totally Vets for her assistance at the prize-giving and to Pam from Whanganui Coastguard for keeping a watchful eye out. I certainly would not be able to run such a great event without their support.

We'd love to hear your feedback and fishy stories from the day and any suggestions on how we can grow the event and make it even bigger and better than it is already.

Stay tuned for next year's dates and we'll see you then.


Fishing competition results 2018

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