Seven-times lucky for Lochie.
Sandspit’s Lochie Reid, 14, cleaned up at the Kawau Bay Fishing Club’s annual awards last month.
He won seven awards altogether. Four were junior division awards, but he also caught out the adult anglers, winning three open division prizes. Among Reid’s prize catches was a 2.7kg kahawai, a 2.5kg John Dory and a 5.7kg snapper.
He says he lives to be out on the water, and his victories are a result of spending most of the summer fishing with his dad.
President Murray White says that the club is looking for more junior members to give Reid a run for his money next year. He says all are welcome and junior members could be paired up with a whoever is going out fishing on a particular day.
The club meets every Thursday evening at 5.30pm at its shared clubrooms at the Mahurangi East Bowling Club.
In addition to its annual trophies, the Kawau Bay Fishing Club holds monthly measure and release competitions. On the last Sunday of each month, a club day is held either at the beach or at the clubrooms and members are awarded pins for their top catches.
The club’s next big competition is the Ken Erceg trophy for heaviest snapper, held over the month of September.
There is also a category for average weight.
Membership fees are just $10 annually for juniors and $65 for adults.