Huge prize pool for kids’ fishing contest

The annual event always draws a crowd.

For just a $15 entry fee, the PlaceMakers Kids Fishing Contest offers an enormous range of prizes to young anglers

Aimed at those aged 16 and under and of all fishing abilities, youngsters will also receive a free drink, a sausage and a goodie bag.

Organiser Marin Hobson, from Tauranga Fish and Dive Club, says there’s more than $4000 worth of prizes available this year, including kayaks, bikes and fishing gear, sponsored by McKee Plastics, Kilwell Sports and Rocket Bikes.

“There’s a heaviest fish contest, a mystery weight and an average weight, so every kid has a chance of winning,” says Marin.

“All the major prizes are chosen on a draw and you must be at prize giving, so that makes it pretty much fair for everybody.”

There’s a huge carnival atmosphere at the club, with a water slide operating as well as a few other demonstrations, displays and activities. All are welcome.

“Fishing starts at 6am, from anywhere in the harbour, along the shore line or a wharf,” adds Marin. “Fish must be caught using hook and line. Basically it’s just a great day for kids, to get them out fishing.”

The annual PlaceMakers Kids Fishing Contest is held this Sunday, February 17, with weigh-in at 1.30pm and prize giving at 3.30pm.

The club’s motto is ‘good friends, good times, good memories’, so if you’re not already a member, come on in and learn what all the fuss is about.

“Directly adjacent to the Sulphur Point boat ramps, we’re open from 5pm on Fridays, and 4.30pm on Sundays,” says Marin.

“We have the best value meals from an ever changing menu, a fully stocked bar with the friendliest of staff, a fun and relaxing atmosphere, raffles, guest speakers, fishing competitions and activities for the kids.”

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