Snapper Cup Fishing Comp March 8 – 10 2024

The club has kept those aspects of the Snapper Cup, which we know and love. Thanks to our fantastic sponsors, we will have an amazing prize pool up for grabs. Major sponsors Hunting and Fishing Nelson/ Richmond and Furuno ENL have come on board again in a big way. The prizegiving event will be held again at the excellent venue Trafalgar Centre, thanks to our venue’s sponsor, DNA Boats. The club will also be fundraising again for Coastguard Nelson, a vital and valuable service provided by amazing volunteers to all those on the water in our region.

The Snapper Cup Fishing competition is a firm favourite on the fishing calendar each year. Held in March, this comp has just grown bigger and better each year, and Dawnbreakers Fishing Club know they are onto a winning formula.

The prize pool is shaping up to be as good as, if not better than, previous years. As usual, there will be both kayak and boat divisions. There are still senior and junior categories, so the whole family can get involved. Plus, loads of spot prizes and other items are up for grabs even if you don’t catch a winning fish.

Now, on to the exciting changes – they are definitely geared to enhance the competition! The Snapper Cup has always been linked with Dawnbreakers membership; however, this year, membership is not a prerequisite – Snapper Cup 2024 is open to all! Dawnbreakers members will get discounted entry.

The competition has been extended, so there is now a longer window available for fishing. This will have multiple positives, allowing greater options depending on wind, weather, and tide, not to mention work and family commitments. Fishing will be allowed from 5pm Friday, March 8, to 5pm Sunday, March 10.

Plus, the area for fishing has been extended to incorporate the Golden Bay area as well, meaning the competition is open to all across the Tasman region. Those from Nelson can also head over that way to fish their favourite fishing spot.

Given these changes , the club has decided to move the competition from a weight-based comp to a measure-based result to align with good fishing practices and environmental considerations. This will be done using the Daiwa Tournament App to simplify entries. An approved measure mat will be required for entry. You simply send the image in via the app, and results are collated behind the scenes, leaving contestants to carry on with the fun of fishing. Even better, this means no racing back to the ramp to weigh in your fish at the end of the day!

The species included in the comp are snapper, kingfish, kahawai, gurnard, and the newly added trevally. There will be prizes for the longest of the species, average length and several new trifecta categories, which will make for an exciting prize-giving.

Then, to top it all off, the prize-giving and dinner will be held at the Trafalgar Centre on Saturday, March 23 – always a very enjoyable evening with talks from various sponsors and, of course, the great prizes up for grabs. This year, the catering will most certainly be delicious thanks to the team at Under The Hood providing a full buffet dinner of their slow-cooked meats and sides.

Registrations are open, and tickets are limited, so sign up now!

Fishing dates: 5pm Friday, March 8 – 5pm Sunday, March 10 2024 (backup dates 5pm Friday, March 15 – 5pm Sunday, March 17 2024). 

Prize-giving dinner: March 23, Trafalgar Centre

For more information, please keep an eye on the Dawnbreakers Fishing Club Facebook page.

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