Big haul in fishing contest

Fish of all shapes, sizes and species were hauled in at the two-day annual Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic based at Oakura.

The event, which was held last weekend, attracted 227 anglers from all over New Zealand and three from Australia.

Entrants hauled in 1.45 tonnes of fish over the two days.

"Lots and lots of tuna were caught. They were just everywhere," organiser Garry Harrison said.

Entry numbers were growing each year, he said.

Dan Fili, of Wellington, was named the competition's Grand Slam winner for his catch of five different fish species with a total weight of 24kg.

Heaviest snapper went to Keith Drummond for his 11.6kg catch, while Leyton Cave walked away with heaviest kingfish at 9.64kg.

Meanwhile, James Death hauled in a 5.7kg kahawai and Kevin Pilcher's tuna catch weighed in at 5.34kg.

Taranaki Coastguard was given $1500 from the charity fish auction, as was LegaSea, a programme developed by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council to "ensure the vision of more fish in the water for future generations".

Taranaki Daily News