Beach and Boat 2017

The largest fishing competition in the Southern Hemisphere was held over the weekend of 17th and 18th February at the Marsden Cove Marina and can tick off another successful year.

With the Northern Advocate reporting that the competition could bring $1 million into Northland’s economy through the purchasing of fuel, food, drink bait, ice etc the Beach and Boat is definitely one of the biggest events on the Bream Bay calendar each year.

All fish caught at the competition this year were up for sale to the public, with the profits going to charities like the Coastguard and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The winner of the largest Snapper was Kara Clifton from Matamata (although claiming to be from Northland originally).  Kara may well be the first female to take out the coveted title with a 12.2kg catch.

The only negative feedback we heard here at was the unfortunate dumping of a large amount of fish frames at the One Tree Point boat ramp, right where a lot of boats launch but also where a lot of families choose to swim when the tide is right.  Would be interesting to know how locals here in Bream Bay have found the influx of visitors to have been over the last few days.

Some great photos of the event can be found over on the Northern Advocate site.



  1. Vanessa Furze on April 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Hello. I have just come across the write up “Beach and Boat 2017”. I refer to paragraph 3 – with the profits going to local charities like the Coastguard and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is not a local charity. They service the Auckland area and are also know as the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. The Northland Rescue Helicopter (aka Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST)) is the local rescue helicopter for Northland. It would be great if you could correct the article by removing the word local please.
    Many thanks.

    • Jeannie McKee on April 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Hi Vanessa
      Thanks for highlighting this, I have made your suggested correction.

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