Classic lands big turnout, top catches

BILL MOORE
Last updated 12:58 24/03/2014
Angela Elliott

TOP CATCH: Angela Elliott landed the biggest snapper of the day, weighing in at 10.89 kilograms, at the Tasman Bay Snapper Classic.

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The big one that didn't get away took top prize in the second annual Tasman Bay Snapper Classic on Saturday but Angela Elliott's impressive catch was far from the only one on the day.

The Richmond woman, who has caught other big snapper but never one quite as big as this 10.89kg monster, headed off the men to take home a GPS system from Navico.

It was a day where testing conditions around Pepin Island and Delaware Bay forced the fleet of around 60 boats to stay closer to Port Nelson than last year yet still produced plenty of big fish.

Although the average snapper was 1.88kg a number in the 9kg range were boated. The competitors also caught tuna, kingfish, gurnard and kahawai.

Top team was Wurth a Shot from Wurth NZ. They also took home the business house cup last year.

"That's awesome, because there was a whole lot of fighting talk afterwards that they're not winning it for a third year," said organiser Troy Dando.

Mr Dando said there were more than 40 business house teams, some split between two boats, and plenty of enthusiasm for cementing in the Snapper Classic as an annual event.

"All the sponsors that I talked to were rapt and guaranteed they'll come in for next year."

He said the snapper catch was around three times bigger than last year, probably partly because the date had been moved to when the fish were feeding prior to departing for deeper water as the temperature falls.

"They're moving north now," he said. "I'm picking only another few weeks and they'll be gone."

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