Dargaville & Districts
An intrepid bunch of fun-loving kite fishermen have taken out the "world champs" in the Karikari Kitefishing Klassic.
Johnny and Cliffy Bramwell, Bob Zimmerman and Scotte Fowlie - Carters Tactitions - came second in last year's competition, making them even more determined to take out the big one this year.
Their 5.6kg snapper was second heaviest overall but when they pooled their total catch average over three days, it was enough to take out the supreme prize.
"We ended up with 28.96kg of fish," Scotte says.
He says their secret was "good bait and secret berley".
Thirty-five teams spent three days contesting the event with the one landing the finest bag of snapper, kahawai and other prime species to claim the title of Karikari Kitefishing World Champions.
"People come from all over New Zealand," Scotte says.
Scotte has returned to Dargaville with his fishing reputation intact but his spot prize-winning abilities in tatters. After being named one of nine out of the 35 teams to be in to win a $10,000 trailer load of goodies, Scotte made it to the final two before he was ousted - his team-mates christening him Scotte "one-off".
He didn't come away from the event completely empty-handed though.
He bought the second prize fish smoker off his team-mates.
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