The first ever National Youth Fishing Championships hosted by the NZ Sport Fishing Council during the April 2022 school holidays are now on the home stretch. 191 passionate young anglers fought for bragging rights and fantastic prizes from our great sponsors Daiwa and FUJIFILM.
Halfway through the competition was strong in the open section with many great photographed catches and released fish.
Currently, the anglers overall champion section is a family battle between the Speed’s of Mt Maunganui and the Steele’s of New Plymouth. Emily Steele is slightly ahead of Hayden Speed in the High School division while Tyler Speed is just ahead of Ryan Steele in the Elementary Division.
Both families must be careful as there is a school of competitors closing in on their positions. With a milder weather in the 2nd week, this competition will fall by the wayside!
Along with the fierce competition, there were some truly awesome parent-child bonding moments. A father was heard saying, “This is the best week I’ve ever had with my son.
There’s still time to enter the tournament, with registration closing April 30. Many competitions are straight shots for the longest and heaviest fish, so there is no penalty for late entries.
For non-members wishing to register, visit your local NZSFC Affiliated Fishing Club or email [email protected] and we will facilitate registration.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is a network of 55 member clubs with 38,500 members. It is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of fishing and the responsible management of the marine environment.
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