Maverix 6KG 2010 International Tournament

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What a Tournament for 2010!

With 120 Anglers converging on Gulf Harbour Marina to compete in the Maverix 6kilo International Fishing Tournament on the weekend, the atmosphere was electric as competitors spooled their reels with Mo moi Hi Catch 6kg Monofilament line. After dinner and briefing the competitors departed for their secret fishing locations hoping to hook into the big one.

The event proved to be one of dramas and excitement, with one vessel sending a distress message in the early hours of Thursday morning as their stern leg seized close to the rocks off Gt Barrier Island, all were rescued and the boat recovered.

Friday's weather forecast wasn't the best but good enough for competitors to venture out. It wasn't long before it became apparent that the forecast was terribly wrong , as crews started to report high seas and winds up to 50knots battering the field. With a time deadline on returning of 17.30hrs at the weigh station problems were eminent. Some crews could not make the return trip for safety reasons, whilst the majority did meet the shut off time and weigh in with some big snapper and kingfish.

Saturday turned on the weather and much happier competitors were able to fish their chosen regions producing excellent catches of kingfish and snapper. With no area limits anglers can travel to any destination they choose. Big snapper from Kawau, Simpson Rock, Gt Barrier, whilst the kingfish came from Waiheke Island, Kawau Island, and Whangaparaoa.

In the Snapper section Wayne Radford of Mangawhai, current tournament trophy holder managed an excellent 11.651kg Snapper, to take out the trophy for another year, hard on his heels was Mark Kitteridge of Auckland with 10.699kg fish.

In The Kingfish section Shawn Eberley weighed in a superb 15.345kg fish caught at Whangaparaoa, whilst Dave Mc Culloch turned in a 13.319kg from the Waiheke region.

Popular winner Jock Mc Kenzie from Clevedon took out the Overall average catch prize, winning the trip for two to Vanuatu staying at the Moorings hotel in Port Vila

Jason Ward of Manly got lucky winning the early bird draw from Bunnings Warehouse.

With good numbers of snapper and kingfish landed. The Tournament has proved yet again to be the main event on the fishing calendar for serious anglers fishing against some of the best in the country.

The prize pool and support from sponsors of the event was excellent. With Majors Sponsors NSK, Brother, Gourocks,Air Vanuatu, Moorings Hotel,Raymarine, Bluebird , Serious Fishing Company, all pleased with the results and looking forward to 2011

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19/07/2010 -Jock & Linda Mc Kenzie
          Overall Average Catch Winner 2010

We had a great trip to Vanuatu. Unfortunately it rained the whole time ,but we were able to get down to the town and markets to enjoy the life that goes on.I conceded to buying an umbrella on the second trip to the town as the rain was just not going to go away The local people were great, You could talk to any one and they would happily tell you anything you wanted to know.The Moorings Hotel  were first class with their service and meals. Vanuatu steak has to be the finest steak I have ever had and the chefs know how to cook it  .Air Vanuatu were very good as well,. The plane left on time .Service on the plane was excellent and the cabin crew were wonderful ,with nothing seeming to be a problem. In all ,a great trip. Just the weather let us down.
Kind Regards
Jock  and Linda.

30/06/2010 -Mark Kitteridge Team" NZ Fishng News"
Just wanted to say that each year I am reminded that the Maverix International  6kg Tournament is consistantly in the top two or three contests available in the contest calendar.
It's superbly run, has wonderful venue,a bunch of very friendly yet competent anglers fish it, the atmosphere is always friendly and really tasty food is served. Better still, there are plenty of Big fish to catch in the area, the playing field is level as all contestants use the same line. and there are an abundunce of prizes to be won.

The sponsors should be very happy. I have never seen organisers go to so much trouble to ensure the various businesses get plenty of exposure; by contest's end we are all very aware of the companies involved and the products they sell, and are urged to support them as well as they have done for us.
I can't recommend this contest enough, and it deserves the greatest success.

30/06/2010  Richard Bathurst  Team "Utter Chaos"
Even though we broke down and could not fish it, we still stuck around for the festivities. Thanks to Lucious, and her team and all the sponsors for their efforts.  Another great tournament, keep it up.

Maverix 2010 Tournament Winners

Overall snapper winner Wayne Radford 11.651kg

Overall kingfish Winner Shawn Eberly  15.365kg

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