IT WAS rough fishing but there was a good turnout of boats for the third and final day of the Enterprise Cars Nicks Head Charity Fishing Tournament.
Competition secretary treasurer Maria Ericksen said although the conditions were rough, there were three days of fishing and some good fish caught.
One hundred and ten anglers and 30 boats entered and about $9000 was raised for the Tairawhiti branch of the Child Cancer Foundation — $1200 of it from the fresh fish auctions on Saturday night and last night.
A couple of families who have had their lives affected by child cancer were taken fishing in Barry Welsh’s boat yesterday. No one caught a snapper heavier than 12kg to claim the big $10,000 prize money but there were some good snapper caught — one of 8kg and another 5.76kg. The $3000 lucky angler prize went to Josh Cousins.
The heaviest fish caught was a 19.76 kilogram hapuka, landed by Joel Lincoln. The competition has raised more than $140,000 for child cancer in the past 11 years.