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Kilwell Lower Waikato River Trout Contest


Wed 11 Oct 2017, 5:00am–10:00pm
Thu 12 Oct 2017, 5:00am–10:00pm
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 5:00am–10:00pm
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 5:00am–10:00pm
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 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+): $35.00
  • Team of 4 (entry per team): $20.00

Listed by: Mike Lynch

The Kilwell Lower Waikato River trout contest will be held for the 8th time, from Saturday 7th October to Sunday 15th October 2017 (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 2016 were soft baits, worm or bait, spinners, flies (with split shot), and lastly lures eg rapalas.

Top weight brown trout 2016 (Caught by Graham McHaffie of Hamilton) was 2.305kg, best condition factor (Brown caught by Rob Warne of Cambridge) an excellent 57.17

We have two main divisions in prizes - Adults $35 entry and Juniors 17 years and under $15 entry, the split was 33 adults and 14 juniors for 2016.

Entry into the team's section is only $20 per team of 4 and we also continue the popular women’s section this year. We make sure there are plenty of spot prizes for all.

Over $6,000 in fishing packages, with a total 28 prize categories. All prizes sporting packages unless stated.

1x Grand prize: Taupo Package- 3 Hours fishing charter on MV Waimarie, 2 nights accommodation at De Bretts, plus petrol vouchers!-total value $1,000.

Open to all adult entries (One drawn on day) in adults/ladies. You must be at prize giving to qualify, but don't need to have weighed a trout.

Junior competition entry draw- $250 prize package.

Best adults condition factor brown trout- $500 Reel Fishin' voucher provided by Sweetmans' and Taupiri Tavern- redeemable for any product instore!
Best adults condition factor rainbow trout - $200 prize package.
Best Junior condition factor trout - $250 prize package.

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 - $1,500 (5x $100 novelty packs, plus numerous spot draws).

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 to come 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 2017/18 and abide by their rules regarding methods & tackle used. All legal fishing methods welcome; trolling, flyfishing, spinning & baitfishing.

Note: Juniors under 12 (as of 1/10/17) still need licences, but they are free. Teams must consist of 4 members.

Contest fishing hours; from dawn on Saturday 7th October to 2pm Sunday 15th 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: 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am- 3:30pm Saturdays. Also Sunday 8th October only, 10am to 3pm.

Cambridge Sportsworld: 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, (except Sunday 8th 4pm to 8pm) and 11am to 1pm Sunday final day Oct 15th. Note: final weigh-in time is 1pm sharp on the Sunday.

Prizegiving & barbeque will be held at Taupiri Tavern on Sunday 15th October at 4 pm. Every contestant is urged to attend- the major prize and spot prizes will only be allocated to those present.

- Peter Sweetman - 07 828 7462
- John Charteris - 027 7101 429
- Michael Lynch - 027 621 4207
- Steve and Tracey Farrar - 021 1426 424
- Sharnay Cocup - 020 400 86329
- Bob Gamble - 07 824 6842

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