Waikato Regional Champs,
The 2020/21 SFFNZ Competition season has begun after an interrupted year due to the Covid-19 virus. Our first competition of the upcoming season was held over 1-2 August on Lake Maraetai at Mangakino - a Waikato River System Hydro Lake which holds a good population of stunning brown trout as well as rainbows. This was a loch-style lake competition held out of drifting boats. Competitors searched out some large fish over the weekend, and while fish were hard to find, those that were hooked were fabulous specimens with some large brown measuring in the early 60cm range.
Rankings changed numerous times over the weekend, highlighting the importance of consistency and making the most of every opportunity presented. Congratulations to Ben Henton (1st place), Neil Hirtzel (2nd place), and Tim Rich (3rd place). Thank you to Mark Clasper for and hosting this competition.