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Kilwell Lower Waikato River Trout Contest


Wed 14 Oct 2015, 5:00am
Thu 15 Oct 2015, 5:00am
Fri 16 Oct 2015, 5:00am
Sat 17 Oct 2015, 5:00am
Sun 18 Oct 2015, 5:00am–2:00pm

Where: Sweetmans Reel Fishin', 12 Main St, Huntly, North Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Juniors 17 and under: $15.00
  • Adults (18+): $40.00
  • Team of 4 (entry per team): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Mike Lynch

The Kilwell Lower Waikato River trout contest will be held for the 6th time , from Saturday 10th October to Sunday 18th October 2015 (9 days- 2 weekends included).

The area of the contest is again the main Waikato River from below Karapiro Dam to the Waikato Heads. Predominantly a spinning/trolling area, terminal tackle in order of success 2013 were Storm soft baits, flies (with split shot), worm baits,and lastly spinners. Top weight brown trout 2013 (Caught by junior Flynn Rendall by trolling) was 2.78kg, best condition factor (Rainbow caught by Rob Warne) 51.79.

We have two main divisions in prizes - Adults $40 entry and Juniors 17 years and under $15 entry, the split was 30 adults and 49 juniors for 2013. Entry into the teams section is only $20 per team of 4, and we also continue the women’s section this year. We make sure there are plenty of spot prizes for all.

Over $6,500 in fishing packages, with a total 32 prize categories. All prizes sporting packages unless stated.

1x Grand prize: Weekend for 2 at Waihi Beach Top Ten Resort- plus meal vouchers & activity passes- value $1,000
For the fish closest to average competition weight in adults /ladies.

Junior competition average weight trout- $200 prize package

Best adults condition factor trout- $500 Reel Fishin' voucher provided by Sweetmans' and Taupiri Tavern- redeemable for any product instore!
Best Junior condition factor trout- $250 Reel Fishin' voucher provided by contest organisers- redeemable for any product instore!

Adults heaviest brown trout: $350 1st, $250 2nd, $100 3rd.
Adults heaviest rainbow trout: $200.

Juniors heaviest brown trout: $250 1st, $150 2nd, $100 3rd.
Juniors heaviest rainbow trout: $100.

Ladies heaviest trout: $200. Ladies best condition factor trout: $100.

Team section: Best average weight trout for group total: $500 (4x $125).
Team section: 2nd average weight trout for group total: $200 (4x $50).

Mystery weight & novelty prizes - $1,600 (10x $100 packs, plus numerous spot draws).

A 1st day competition practical trout workshop will be held at Tainui Bridge carpark (westside) Huntly on Saturday October 10th , 1 to 3 pm, where experts will provide practical advice on methods & tackle selection on the river. Also that afternoon we will have fish smokers running so you'll get a chance to sample some trout.

To enter: call at Sweetmans Reel Fishin’ Huntly and enter in person, or ring 0800 80 80 81 to enter with Visa card payment. Online entry forms soon at the websites shown.

Sweetmans Reel Fishin’ (P.O. BOX 158) 12 Main St Huntly North or ph 0800 80 80 81.

All contestants must have NZ Fish & Game current Licences for 2015/16 and abide by their rules regarding methods & tackle used. All legal fishing methods welcome; trolling, flyfishing, spinning & baitfishing.

Note: Juniors under 12 (as of 1/10/15) still need licences, but they are free.

Teams must consist of 4 members.

Contest fishing hours; from dawn on Saturday 10th October to 2pm Sunday 18th October.

Weigh ins:
Sweetmans Reel Fishin’, 12 Main St, Huntly North: 8:30am- 5pm for Monday to Friday, and 9am- midday on Saturdays.
Hunting & Fishing, Te Rapa, Hamilton: 8:30am- 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am- 3:30pm Saturdays.
Sportsworld Cambridge: 8:30am- 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am- 2:30pm Saturdays.
Taupiri Tavern, the Crescent, Taupiri: 7pm-10pm first 8 days of contest, and 11am to 2 pm Sunday final day. Note: final weigh-in time is 2pm sharp on the Sunday.

Prizegiving & barbeque will be held at Taupiri Tavern on Sunday 18th October at 4 pm. Every contestant is urged to attend.

Peter Sweetman 07 828 7462
John Charteris 027 7101 429
Michael Lynch 027 621 4207
Bob Gamble 07 824 6842

Run as a local community event with Huntly & Taupiri business support.