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Fishing Times

Thursday 7 March - 6:30am - 5:00pm

Friday 8 March - 6:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday 9 March - 6:30am - 4:00pm


Weigh in Times

Thursday 7 March - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Friday 8 March - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday 9 March - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Prize Giving

Wednesday 6 MARCH (Briefing night)


5:30pm - Late Registration

6:30pm - Spot prizes and early bird prize draw. (Eligible if paid in full before 17 February 2019)

Sponsored by;

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DK Logging Sponsors of Whakatane Hamertons Fishing Club

Thursday 7 March

7:15pm - Spot prizes, raffles & daily catch prizes

Sponsored by;

Haddocks Spraypainters and panel beaters

Friday 8 March

7:15pm - Spot prizes, raffles & daily catch prizes

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Saturday 9 march

7:15pm - Spot Prizes, raffles & daily catch prizes.


Progressive Supper


Overall Sponsors Prize Giving


Sponsored by;

Bizzy Buddyz ltd




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Rules and Regulations

  1. START TIMES: No boat entered in this tournament may depart from the Whakatane River Bar before 6.30am each day for the duration of the Tournament. Crossing the river bar before the designated start time will disqualify all anglers registered to that boat from further participation in the tournament. For the duration of the competition all vessels must depart and re-enter the Whakatane River and be back over the bar by 6.00pm each night. This is a motorized boating tournament only.

  2. FISH SPECIES Snapper, Kahawai, Kingfish, Tarakihi, Red Gurnard, Trevally & Red Crayfish.


    • Only two fish of each fish species per angler, per day will be accepted for weigh in.

    • Up to six crayfish per diver, per day will be accepted for weigh in (Red crayfish only).

  4. GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP: All fish must be caught in a sportsmanlike manner and all M.A.F. daily limits and sizes apply. No long-lines, spear-fishing, nets or cray pots are to be used. Electric reels to be used only with prior approval of and at the discretion of the tournament committee.


    • Snapper - 35cm

    • Kingfish - 75cm

    • Red Gurnard - 25cm

    • Tarakihi – 25cm

    • Trevally – 25 cm


    • Frozen fish or fish not freshly caught and presented for weigh in, may result in the angler being disqualified from the tournament.

    • The final decision regarding freshness (or otherwise) of any fish will rest with the tournament committee.

  7. GENERAL RULES: All crayfish and fish weighed on days 1 and 2 of the tournament become the property of the Hamertons Whakatane Charity Fishing Tournament, as these will contribute to the final night’s supper. On the last day only crayfish will be kept.

  8. All fish to be weighed must be brought across the Whakatane River Bar and be weighed at the weigh station at the Big Game Wharf on the same day they are caught.

  9. Where the Whakatane River bar is deemed workable with caution by the Harbour Master, anglers may launch and fish in the Ohiwa Harbour, but may not cross the Ohiwa Bar to continue fishing (i.e. you must re-launch from Whakatane if the weather improves and you want to go to sea).

  10. Anglers must be in the queue by the stated weigh station close times to weigh in and qualify for prizes.

  11. In the event of two or more fish having equal weight, the first fish weighed in will be deemed first for recognition for the Heaviest Daily Prize.

  12. Identical weighed fish for the heaviest overall cash prizes will share the cash prize.

  13. The angler who caught the fish must present the fish for weigh in.

  14. For Average Weight and Mystery Weight prizes where more than one fish is weighed at the same weight, the fish weighed earliest will win the prize.

  15. All fish weighed may be marked to identify that they have been weighed. Fish may be marked by tail clipping for identification. (Don’t Mark Tails).

  16. To collect any “lucky” drawn prize, the winner must be present and produce their numbered tag.  If you are not present, or you don’t have a tag, the prize will be re-drawn until struck.

  17. Each Angler will be eligible to win only one prize per species at the final overall (Hamertons) prizegiving.  This rule does not apply to daily catch prizes. 

  18. Anglers must fish from the boat they are registered on unless cleared by the committee.  Absolutely no unregistered boat may be fished from in this tournament.  Extra anglers may be added to boats already registered at the committee’s discretion.

  19. In the event that any participant in the Tournament is caught fishing within the Te Paepae o Aotea “Volkner Rocks’ marine reserve, that participant and the entire crew from that participants boat shall be disqualified from the tournament immediately and their entry shall be forfeited.

  20. There shall be no refunds of entry  fees paid.

  21. The decision of the Weigh Master as to fish weights will be final.

  22. Any complaints in regards to this tournament should be in the first instance, directed to any of the tournament committee.  All complaints must be submitted in writing before the prize giving on the day the alleged incident happened.  The Committee’s decision will be final.

  23. SAFETY:

    • All skippers or a nominated team member must attend the briefing on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 6.30pm. (Attendance at the briefing is compulsory and no team can compete in the Tournament until the skipper or nominated team member has attended the briefing).

    • It shall be the responsibility of the skipper to advise his/her team members of the information given at the briefing.

    • There must be a minimum of two (2) Anglers per team on the boat and at least one of the persons must be over 18 years of age.

    •  In the interest of safety the Tournament Committee reserves the right to alter any and all the times for the duration of the Tournament depending on the weather, sea, river bar conditions or “Acts of God”.

    •  In the event of an emergency on the water, participants are to notify the Whakatane Coastguard on VHF channel 80, or Phone 07 308 7110.  Alternatively phone 111.

    • All boats must carry correct size Life Jackets for all passengers. It is a requirement that participants must wear life jackets while crossing the Whakatane River Bar.


    All participants agree and accept:

    • They enter this tournament at their own risk.

    • That boating and fishing involves a risk.

    • Not to hold tournament organizers, officials, sponsors or any other person involved with the tournament liable for any loss, injury to person or equipment incurred during the tournament

    • Notwithstanding any representation made, it shall be the responsibility of all the participants to ensure that the provisions of all statutes, ordinances, regulations and by-laws related (but not limited to) boating and fishing are complied with.


    • The tournament committee reserves the right to abandon, postpone or shorten the duration of the tournament for any reason. This information will be broadcasted on Radio 1XX (90.5FM) and Coastguard prior to start time or as soon as possible after a decision has been made.

    • If the river bar has not been deemed workable by 10.00am fishing in the tournament will be cancelled for that day.

    • Any anglers going out across the Whakatane River Bar that has been deemed unworkable will be ineligible to weigh in any fish for that day.

Any breach of these rules may result in immediate disqualification from the tournament for the person whom breaches the rule and their entire crew.

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