Wild Blue North Island Spearfishing Championships 2015
Wild Blue North Island Spearfishing Champs by Hayden Salmons
The 2015 Wild Blue North Island Spearfishing Champs were held on Saturday 28th Feb at Kapiti beach and hosted by Kapiti Underwater Club. 31 teams turned out on a lovely Kapiti morning with the ambition of becoming the Wild Blue North Island Spearfishing Champ or the winner of $1000 for the biggest Kingi and a share of over $5000 in cash & prizes.
Divers hit the water at 8:30am with a 10 knot North Easterly wind that slowly increased to 15-18 knots as the day went on. This didn’t stop some of the teams making the most of the fish list and increasing their chances of a podium finish. After 6 hours in the water and a few kingi’s to keep an eye on when they hit the scales back at Kapiti Underwater Club, the winners were finally announced. Congratulations to Dwane Herbert & Paul Best with 1735 points as overall winners for 2015, Dave Mullins & Malcolm Bird in a close 2nd with Josh Mason & Paul Matthews in 3rd.
Overall winners Dwane Herbert & Paul Best Last year there was not a single kingi shot but this year there was 6 potential winners to weigh in with the final winner tipping the scales at 17.15kg belonging to Kevin Byers & Kevin Lowery to share the $1000 prize. All divers walked away with prizes ranging from Spearguns, catch bags, floats, knives and DVD’s, vouchers as well as another $1000 in cash for mystery weight of most fish species. It just shows you don’t have to win to walk away with a pocket full of cash or a great dive prize. The only junior team (Jackson & Finn) to enter won the juniors comp (of course) but walked away with 2 other prizes as well. Ladies, where were you this year? Come down next year and you might have pocket full of cash like Jackson & Finn. All fish shot on the day were put on ice and then auctioned off to the public with help from Harcourt's and the approval from MPI, DOC and local council with all money raised (every cent) going to the Mary Potter Hospice – just over $2500. A huge thanks goes out to Pete Jones from Kapiti Underwater Club and its members for hosting the comp. It was very well organised and it’s a pleasure to be the primary sponsors for such an outstanding event. See you all next year!
Kevin & Kevin with the Kingfish Cup and $1000 for the biggest Kingi