By: Ocean Hunter  05-Apr-2012



1st Annual Fishing and Spearfishing Festival

+Date March 30th 5pm to April 1st 3pm 2012 Weigh in from 3-4pm

+Cost: Adults $35.00 OR $25.00 Early bird entrance received by 16th march

+Kids are free (but must register to be eligible for prizes)

+Great day for the family and a fish auction on Sunday. with some excellent prize's up for grabs.
+This will be a great event and all proceeds will be supporting Wainui School. 


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New Zealand held the annual Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Competition in Whitianga recently. The comp was blessed with spectacular weather with 5 not variables for most of the week and 20m+ visibility. 
Shirley Dryden and Jess Whiddett came 1st place in the Women's event. They won with a massive 12 fish lead.
The New Zealand men's team put up a great fight coming in on 3rd place, Tahiti place second and arched rival's Australia took out the cup with 1st place. Below are some photos of the event.

BlackDog Cat WINNERS!!!!

At 5pm on Sunday the 27th Feb Kelly King form Auckland's North Shore won this fantastic prize, Kelly had purchased a Spearfishing package for her partner Nick. Kelly, now Auckland's most loved girlfriend said they would keep the boat. 

We also had a second and third place winner which won $1000 in petrol vouchers for second place and $500 for third.

On the day we had a free BBQ offering Kingfish bites, Sausages drinks and lollies for the kids. Everyone who turned up received a prize ranging from T'shirts to Spearfishing accessories. Here are some photos from the day.

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

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