After much anticipation it was time to see who would earn the title of the newest King of Jetskifishing. With this being the eighth King of Jetskifishing and a bi-annual event, we always have a diverse field of keen Jetskifisho’s attending. The start format is our ever popular amazing race format, which sees all anglers starting at a convenient one base car park start. All entrants were required to attend the early start with their skis at the new Andrew Simms Experience Centre. On registration at the Sea-Doo tent, entrants receive their complimentary King of Jetskifishing Tournament bag with our sponsor’s goodies.
It has become a King of Jetskifishing tradition, where we catch up the night before for a few drinks and dinner and meet up our out of town Jetskifisho’s attending the comp. This year we had the pleasure of our fun personality King of Jetskifishing # 7 coming in theme. It was another great night and was a nice build up to Sunday’s comp day.
Once again we were fortunate with the weather and had a great turnout with over sixty registered anglers. The competition is continuing to attract nationwide interest with anglers travelling from as far as the Hawkes Bay and Taranaki, making the most of meeting others involved in the fun sport. After the early morning briefing, each Jetskifisho would set off and give it their best at the generous $8,000 prize pool.
Also up for grabs were some great additional prizes, sponsored by the team at Logitech. We had three of the cool new Logitech Boom’s, a water-resistant wireless speaker up for grabs. Entrants were in for a chance to win these with various challenges which we had included with their registration pack. The first opportunity for winning recognised the angler who had the most courageous and productive strategy, catching a legal fish while traveling the longest distance! Each entrant had to take a pic with a local landmark, showing where they traveled to within the eight and a half hour fishing window from Auckland.
The winner of the challenge was Peter Jacobsen, who successfully caught fish with his massive road trip to Tairua and returning in comfortable time, back in Auckland before the 3:30pm weigh-in cut off.
With the growth of the sport and large following which we have at the Jetskifshing Store along with our thriving FaceBook page, it made good sense to take the comp to the next level. The latest venue allowed us to host all the activities under one roof, including a casting competition, CanAm Spyder demo rides and kid’s bouncy castle. There was ample parking, so public could admire the skis along with a covered area out of the sun for the public weigh-in.
Our casting competition was a big hit with the anglers, with the spectators enjoying it just as much also!
There was no shortage of fish to be weighed in, our most successful day yet! We also had a few people fishing two up, including fathers and sons, husband and wife, also a mum and son. The comp has a great feel about it with it still based on a fun spirit, yet with a competitive edge involving the whole family.
The Autosure BBQ was cranking all day, with sausages and steak being a nice way to enjoy the afternoon, topped with a few much deserved coldies.
We have plenty more pics on the Jetskifishing Facebook Page, here is just a few at the weigh-in, with the elevated stage so the spectators could admire the fish on display.
An amazing range of fish were weighed in and I received plenty of feedback of how much people enjoyed being part of the event. The ongoing comments I hear from people who are involved with my events is that the enthusiasm is contagious, which is a credit to the sport and the growing community. I have a great team that help with my events and without their passion and time for Jetskifishing, it would not be possible for other Jetskifisho’s to learn more and meet other like-minded people.
FULL RESULTS KING JETSKIFISHING # 8
LOL Heaviest Kids Snapper
1st Trent Way (Sea-Doo GTi), Prize & Trophy - Daiwa rod/reel combo & LOL pack. Weight- 4.96kg
2nd Jack Walker (Sea-Doo GTi), Prize - Sharkskin SPF50 Top & LOL pack. Weight– 3.26kg
3rd Caleb Brooke (Yamaha FX HO Cruiser), Prize - Jetskifishing cap & LOL pack. Weight – 1.2kg
TOP CATCH Heaviest Kahawai
1st Lloyd Selby-Brown (Yamaha FX HO), Prize & Trophy – Daiwa soft bait rod/reel combo. Weight – 2.5kg
2nd David Bennett (Yamaha FX HO), Prize - Sharkskin SPF50 Top. Weight – 2.28kg
3rd Eddie Braun (Sea-Doo Wake), Prize – Cock & Bull Voucher. Weight – 1.9kg
DAIWA Heaviest “other species”
1st Kerry Rowe (Yamaha FX HO), Prize & Trophy – Daiwa rod/reel combo. Weight – 3.5kg (John Dory)
2nd Iain Robertson (Yamaha FX HO Cruiser), Prize – Sharkskin SPF50 Top. Weight– .66kg (Gurnard)
3rd David Johnson (Yamaha FX HO), Prize – Cock & Bull Voucher. Weight – .44kg (Gurnard)
RAYMARINE Heaviest Kingfish
1st Peter Jacobsen (Yamaha FX HO), Prize & Trophy – $500 Raymarine Voucher. Weight – 10.18kg
2nd Peter Todorov (Sea-Doo GTX), Prize – Sharkskin SPF50 Top. Weight– 7.6kg
3rd Daniel Michev (Sea-Doo GTX), Prize – Cock & Bull Voucher. Weight– 6.58kg
JFK’s Average Snapper
1st Mike Barnes (Yamaha FX HO), Prize & Trophy - $500 CASH. Weight – 1.2kg
JitterBug, Team of Jetskifishing
1st Peter Todorov & Daniel Michev Team Name – Two Sea-Doo’s(Sea-Doo GTX’s)
Prize - $200 CASH & 2 x Jitterbug Packs. Weight (Combined prize winning fish) – 16.9kg
Best dressed, Team of Jetskifishing
Richard Scown & Grant Ramsdale - The Beached Boys (Sea-Doo) Prize – JitterBug Pack
New Zealand Jetskifishing Club, Legend of Jetskifishing
1st Peter Jacobsen (Yamaha), Prize & Trophy - $400 CASH. Weight – 14.72kg (2 species)
Sea-Doo King of Jetskifishing in association with JFK’s Jet-skis
Heaviest Weight Snapper
1st Craig Falconer (Yamaha SHO), Prize & Trophy - $1,000 CASH. Weight– 6.12kg
2nd Peter Jacobsen (Yamaha FX HO), Prize – Berkley rod & Pflueger reel combo. Weight– 4.54kg
3rd Johann de Beer (Yamaha SHO), Prize – Berkley Tackle Bag. Weight – 3.56kg
4th David Johnson (Yamaha FX HO), Prize – SavePhace Jetskifishing Mask. Weight– 3.52kg
5th Daniel Michev (Sea-Doo GTX), Prize – Cock & Bull Voucher. Weight – 2.72kg
Great to see another newbie to the sport taking out the King of Jetskifishing. Craig our winner is only new to the sport, lives in the Hawkes bay and setup for Jetskifishing at the Jetskifishing Store in Auckland. Only two weeks prior, had he caught his first fish on the ski, at our “Goes Wild 3” Jetskifishing Experience! As history proves, all entrants have as good a chance as each other on the day, you need to be in to win.
I look forward to seeing you this summer at the Jetskifishing Store, where I can help you set up and enjoy the sport to its true potential.
Be sure to share your pics of your experiences on our FaceBook page, our fans love seeing people hooked on Jetskifishing.