Tinopai’s annual fishing contest is going extra-large for its 20th birthday, but many of the anglers will still be small

Two decades of fishing fun

by Andy Bryenton

Tinopai school’s annual fishing contest is only a month away, and tickets are already selling fast as school administrators, and local anglers predict a big turnout on January 11, 2020.

The school, who utilise this 20-year-old tradition as a major fundraiser toward the education of local kids, are calling it “a great day out for the entire family. It continues to be one of the biggest events for one of the smallest schools on the Kaipara Harbour!”

As well as the beautiful backdrop of Tinopai itself, and the chance to drop a line into a harbour, which is traditionally teeming with fish in the summer months, the attraction may come down to the swag of prizes assembled for this, the 20th year of the contest’s history. As such, 2020’s tournament has been branded an ‘anniversary celebration’ by organisers, who have outdone themselves in mustering a prize pool.

“There are prizes galore to be won, including inner harbour and outer harbour prizes, an entertainment bundle for the kids’ sprat competition, loads of spot prizes and a $1,000 cash prize for the lucky ticket draw.”

This last big bonus could go to anyone present on the day, regardless of their luck with the bait and hook. Ticket sellers report a lot of early interest this year. If the turnout from 2019 is indicative, there will be anglers aplenty lining up for the early morning start on January 11.