Catch of the year

Rex Coffey Top Catch Mangawhai manager

As a passionate fisherman Rex Coffey says he “absolutely loves” his role at the popular Top Catch store in Mangawhai Heads and is looking forward to the busy summer ahead.

Initially he moved from Whangaparaoa to manage the store but after his wife landed a job in Whangarei the move to ‘magical Mangawhai’ was cemented.

“It suits my wife and I as we are both keen fisher people and we’ve become involved with the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing club and the general community. The area suits us as we are both originally from small town communities,” said Rex.

He says making the move and taking on the role is one of the best things he’s ever done.

“The main thing I have found since working here is that customers have now become friends.”

Top Catch’s contacts also extend to a number of charter fishing opertaters.

Rex and his staff which include Doug Lloyd and Jack Forno, can offer local knowledge to those wanting to head out in boats or fish locally from the shore.

The team is preparing for the holiday makers and busy season that begins at Christmas right through until the end of summer.

With a large diving customer base, Rex and the team have also recently put in a new fill station which means faster tank fills on busy days.

“The best part about our job is having customers come back and show us photos of their catch or hearing about it — that is the most satisfying part.

“We learn just as much knowledge from our customers as they learn from us.”

Over summer Top Catch will be sponsoring two events in January the ‘Take a Kid Fishing Competition’ on January 6 and the Mangawhai Boating and Fishing club anniversary weekend competition on January 28.


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