Amberley Beach Lions Surfcasting Competition held Sunday 5th of February
After talking to our weather man, experienced fishers and a trip to the beach we have made a hard decision. For everyone’s comfort and safety (especially the little ones) the Amberley Beach Surfcasting Competition is postponed until Sunday the 5th of February 2017. We look forward to seeing you in February and will keep you updated closer to the time.
Regards, Geoff Shier, Convenor
Last Years Amberley Lions Surfcasting Competition
Surfcasting was the winner on the day. Despite a grey overcast day, the number of competitors was the highest for more than five years. It was fantastic to see more than 250 rods lined up along 2kms of beach. The catch rate was the highest for years with kahawai, mullet, skate, rig, sharks and rays landed on the beach. Heaps of sand crabs were landed too.
Athol Marley of Christchurch (see photo) took over an hour to reel in a 1.485-metre stingray to take out the first senior prize on a rod he won at the competition last year. It was no fluke either whether it be trout, salmon, flounder, or sea fishing Athol sure knows how to catch fish. Here is Athol with another stingray he landed a few years back over at the Port of Lyttelton.
Athol reckons one of the secrets to successful surfcasting is to have a good selection of different baits. Some of his favourites are yabbies, tuatua, and fresh yellow-eyed mullet. The great thing is you can catch all these baits yourself close to Christchurch. With the Amberley Beach surfcasting contest being held on Sunday 22nd of January, it is a good idea to head out with the kids the day before with a plan to catch some fresh yellow-eyed mullet to use as bait for surfcasting without having to freeze it.
The junior prize was won by a very proud Lakin East with a 78cm rig. Lakin also took out the 5th prize in this division with a 47cm school shark. The biggest sand crab, measuring 135mm across the carapace, was snagged by Andrew Carr.
Thanks to all who spent a great day on the beach with us.
Come back next year when the Amberley Beach Lions Surfcasting Competition will be held on 22nd January 2017. Fishing is from 8am until 3.00pm so you’ll need to leave home early. The best idea is to pack all your gear in the car the night before.
More about surfcasting at Amberley Beach.