One of the most popular events on the local fishing calendar is back next month, when the 17th annual Leigh Fishing Contest takes place on Saturday, March 16.
There are prizes worth $70,000 this year, including a Surtees Workmate and Honda engine package. All proceeds from entry fees will go towards funding the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The annual fishing competition and weigh-in has raised more than $300,000 for the service since the first contest was held in 2003 and provides vital funding support.
There are seven categories for adults and five for under-14s. Fishing can start from 3am onwards until the weigh-in between 1pm and 3.30pm the same day.
The weigh-in and prizegiving takes place at Leigh Hall and on Leigh Primary School field. The top prize draw will be around 6.30pm.
Every adult ticket holder can enter the draw for the boat and engine package, provided they are present at the prizegiving. Tickets cost $60 for adults and $5 for juniors.
Info and tickets: leighfishingcontest.org.nz