Watching 40 boats throttle off at the sound of the starting siren was an impressive sight down at the beach in the early hours of January 21st as the Shimano Mairangi Bay Classic fishing contest finally got underway. The event had been delayed to COVID and then to weather so there was much excitement that the day had finally come. 

Participating Mairangi Bay Fishing Club members had to be anchored off Mairangi Bay beach by 6am to be checked in and then they bobbed about on the still sea until released by the siren. 

At the end of the competition 162 fish were entered. 

Key winners were James Alexander (Men’s division), Vanessa Thorburn (Women’s), Billy Hogan (16 years and under) and Toby Murray (Ten years and under). 

Sharing and passing on the love of fishing is what the family orientated club is all about and six-year-old Louie Alexander is sure proof of that. Seen here with Mairangi Bay Fishing Club chairperson, Shaun Quincey he was the youngest to win a prize on the day, a Shimano Fishing Rod & Reel combo and a cap. 

More in next month’s magazine.