When the call went out at last weekend’s King of the Kaipara weigh-in for anglers who had been to every last one of the thirty annual fishing contests, it was a testament to how much this yearly day of friendly competition means to the community.
Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of a hearty crowd of fishers from both beach and boat, competing for bragging rights and prizes. When all was said and done the top hand with the surfcaster was Todd Warmington, who landed a 3.04-kilo kahawai, and the top team on the water went to the Astound anglers, Steve and Conway Wrathall and Greg Lowe, with a 6.82-kilo kingfish. Prizes were awarded for the top three of each species in the competition, including a champion snapper which tipped the scales at more than six kilos. Spot prizes put smiles on faces all over the weigh-in yard, while the contestants enjoyed a few cold drinks and shared stories of the ones that got away.