An early ‘duck hunt’

In for a prize? — Gary ‘Gravy’ Greaves with his catch in an earlier contest

Duck hunting season steals a march on the Kaipara harbour when the annual Pahi Boating and Fishing Club contest gets underway on Saturday March 25. But it is a hunt with a difference, with duck decoys becoming the target.

Ten decoys will be released on the outgoing tide before fishing starts at 7am, and buying a ticket entitles those finding one to win a prize on handing it in at the clubhouse.

“Bring home a duck and they win bucks — well a great prize,” said club commodore, Mike Donald.

There are prizes for the heaviest snapper, kahawai, gurnard, shark and stingray, with all fishing to take place on the Kaipara harbour between 7am and weigh-in at the club at 4pm, for a variety of prizes as well as the Robin Healey Memorial Trophy for the heaviest snapper.

“The trophy only goes to a club member, but the other prizes are open to contestants who purchase an entry ticket. Anyone is welcome to enter this competition,” said Mike.

Tickets are available on the day, or from Maungaturoto Auto Centre, Gas Maungaturoto or the Paparoa Hotel.

Adult tickets are $30, with youngsters up to 15, $20.

The competition will wind up with prize giving, dinner, raffles and music at the club’s waterfront headquarters at Pahi.

For more details: Mike Donald, 027 285 1408.


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