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Tue 3 Mar 2009, 7:00am–3:00pm
Wed 4 Mar 2009, 7:00am–3:00pm
Thu 5 Mar 2009, 7:00am–3:00pm
Fri 6 Mar 2009, 7:00am–4:00pm
Sat 7 Mar 2009, 7:00am–4:00pm

Where: 90 Mile Beach, Waipapakauri, Far North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Heaviest Snapper: $250.00
  • Teams Events (per team): $120.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: yvette

The Lion Red Snapper Classic (generally referred to as “The Snapper Classic”) held on Ninety Mile Beach, Northland, New Zealand celebrates its 28th year in March 2009 and is host to 1,000 Anglers which includes, not only New Zealanders, but a mix of International Competitors from as far away as United Kingdom and USA.

The Ninety Mile Beach Charitable Trust is proud to be the Tournament Organisers of this annual five day event. The Snapper Classic is recognised globally as the benchmark for surfcasting tournaments and internationally as the world’s largest surfcasting event and has a reputation of the utmost integrity. It has operated in its present 5 day format for the past 27 years.

The annual “Snapper Classic” is a single species (Snapper) event limited to 1,000 New Zealand competitors and with the introduction of an overseas portion is increasing in numbers each year. It has grown from a prized pool of $15,000 in 1982 to well exceed $250,000 in 2009.

Originally conceived to extend the tourist season in the Far North region “The Snapper Classic” has grown to become one of Northland’s largest promotional events attracting both national and international exposure. The dates of the tournament are selected to provide the best tides in the optimum fishing period for the benefit of the Tournaments contestants, these dates are generally in February/March. With total cash payout in March 2008 exceeding $80,000, 2 x Ford motor vehicles, 2 x holidays to the world class Radisson Resort Fiji, Sony Bravia 52’ LCD Television, Sony Laptops, Digital Cameras, MP3 Players and an array of sundry prizes, the contest is the largest of its type in New Zealand. The prize money has increased with the growth of the competition to reflect “The Snapper Classic’s” stature as New Zealand’s premier surfcasting event.

The event has become Iconic not only to Northland but to New Zealand Fishing and attracting strong local business and community support. This is especially evident in the local hospitality, beverage, marine, retail and service industries. Without the “Snapper Classic” the Northland region would certainly feel a strong pull on the purse strings.

Now considered the largest surfcasting event in the world and the biggest Snapper taking out more than $50,000 first prize and a total prize pool exceeding $250,000, it has certainly come a long way since it was first conceived in 1982. Fishermen and women are traveling from all over the world to take a shot at the prizes.