Whangaroa is known as the Marlin Capital of the World. Established 1925 then known as Whangaroa NZ Swordfish & Big Game Incorporated club and later Whangaroa Big Gamefish Club. Many NZ & World record catches have been caught over the years which are still happening currently.

Situated in the picturesque township of Whangaroa, Northland, New Zealand, Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club is host to many fishing tournaments throughout the year in the Whangaroa Harbour and surrounding area. The Cavalli Islands nearby are renowned for world class game fishing.

The towering cliff faces and deep water sheltered coves and inlets of Whangaroa Harbour offer perfect anchorages and to enjoy some fishing.

Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club and St Paul's Rock



Wow what a fantastic turnout for our sponsors evening on Sat 20 Sept. We are overwhelmed with the massive support we received especially from all our sponsors who vigorously competed for the Clubs annual  fishing grids which we auctioned off. This raised a total of $ 13250.00  Thank you all so much! The support and funds are a huge confidence boost for our members and club organizers – all which will benefit everyone involved in our club and fishing contests this summer.  Again Thank You



Event Date
Redwood Dental Marlin Jackpot From 30th November 2014 until the firstMarlin over 90kg is caught
Whangaroa Juniors Fishing Tournament Interclub Saturday 3rd & 4th January 2015 orif weather postponement Sat 10th & 11th
NEW Junior OpenUnder 6 Under 10 Under 16 Saturday 17th & Sunday18th January 2015
Small Boats under 8mPlus over 8m Challenge Waitangi Weekend — Friday 6th February & Saturday 7th
Whangaroa One Base 14th to the 18th February 2015
NZ Nationals Saturday 21st to 28th February 2015
Ladies Weekend- Mexican Theme Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March 2015
Classic Boats Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2015
Eco Lab Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th March 2015
Clubs NZ Tournament Saturday 18th and 19th April 2015
Stockies, Cockies & Growers - Power Farming Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th April 2015
Queen’s Birthday Light TackleOpen Contest Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st May andMonday 1st June 2015
Kingfish CompetitionAll Club Invitation Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015
 Latest News                                                   ITM FISHING TOURNAMENT                                               Friday 26th  & Saturday 27th March

Well, spring has sprung and the rain continues to fall in the “winterless north”. The contest committee have been very busy and there have been a few changes. The contest calendar has been altered as follows due to clashes with other events.There is also a new Grid map which will make it easier for skippers to accurately name the fishing grids/sponsors for their catches.Terry is also in discussion with ITM regarding them holding their tournament at our club.  Apparently Matt Watson and his crew thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality on their last visit.

Junior Convenor’s Report                                                                                                                                             Hello to all our members both old and new As you are probably aware we have had a change of guard at the Whangaroa Sports fishing Club. Hopefully we are in for a good year. We are all aware that the club needs to grow its membership which has dropped off in the recent years. Probably the hardest hit has been our junior membership which at the moment is at a real low. Without these juniors coming through the club the membership will continue to decline. So as a club we are asking for your support to try and lift the junior membership. If you have kids in your family that would like to get into fishing lets us know. If you have friends with kids that may be interested let us know. If you have any good ideas to get these kids back into the club let us know. If you can supply some form of sponsorship lets us know. Ask your kids what they want to happen and what would get them fishing again. Are you able to supply a boat for a few hours for regular small fishing comps. As a committee we will try and get things happening again but we will need your help and input.Contact the club or Alan Sharp [] with ideas and input Remember this is your club and without juniors the club will stagnate.   Thanks for your support                                                                 Alan Sharp

 Club Captain’s Report

The raffles are going well with a good variety of high quality meat packs as prizes, They start at 5.30pm on a Friday. .  The pool and darts night could do with more support. The club pays for the table on Wednesday nights for this group.

Bruce Whyte


Hi Everyone    It’s been quiet in the kitchen probably due to the weather, I think we will all agree that we have had enough rain ! We have a new improved Beef burger on the menu with a tasty Angus beef pattie yum yum !Our hours at the moment are Thursday/Friday from 4.30pm Saturday/Sunday from 12pm and the next Sunday roast is this Sunday 14th Sept      Cheers      Trish 09 4050589


Quiz and Pizza Night at 7pm.

This will be held on the 1st Thursday of the month starting in October.  Teams can be up to four people and will cost $2 per person.  All proceeds will go towards the prizes. We want this to be a fun night and questions will be varied.  You don’t have to be a quiz wizz to attend.  Get your team together now, think of a name and come and enjoy the night with your friends.  Trish will turn on the Pizza oven (normally not done on Thursdays) so you can enjoy a pizza with your team.

Local Fishing News:

Kuri II Skipper, Brian Candy’s local fishing report:

I got a couple of days fishing at the start of the month, we caught some skipjack tuna while travelling between fishing spots, plenty of bluenose in 300m plus, but not many Hapuka around yet. The Barracuda are around, especially if you are using burley, they turn up real fast. Not many kings around of any size but there are plenty of small ones, he same goes with snapper. The best snapper I have been told about have been caught in the harbour, but its a patience game waiting for the bite. The Barracuda are also in the harbour along with large Koheru, slimy mackerel and Kahawai.

 Pig Hunters Competition

This was a great success.  The club was buzzing and the catches of wild pig and fish were hanging outside for all to see.  These were auctioned off and sold at very reasonable prices.  There were bargains to be had!!

Report from Janice and Keith Allan

Recently we have returned from Kona fishing the Hawaiian International Billfish tournament.  What a great event this is with anglers from all over the world (4 from NZ) .  this year the 55th.  The organisers would like a few more fishers from NZ>  We put a satellite tag in a 150lb Blue Marlin on day one and hopefully it will swim the furthest  and win us a free entry into next year’s  tournament.  We tagged two Shortbilled Spearfish and Janice boated    a 160.7lb Yellow fin Tuna.  It gave her the run around for 1  and 3/4 hours. The temperature over there is 30 degrees everyday, what a lovely place to be.  The captains and their crews are all very expert at what they do.  We fish so close to shore that you can see people playing golf and the cars cruising the highway.  The really good bit about this is the magical, flat deep blue water.   If you are interested please visit the website: or contact us by email or phone: Keith Allan 09 4061171

LegaSea Update September 2014                             

By Trish Rea, LegaSea team

Let’s Tip The Scales

LegaSea has developed 5 principles to help Tip the Scales towards more abundant fisheries and fairer management decisions. We have asked all of the political parties to adopt these principles and deliver more public friendly fisheries policy. But, they will only be swayed if there is enough public support so, please, go online and tell them what you want.

And you will be joining a powerful team supporting our principles, including Matt Watson, Sir Graham Henry, Jamie McDell and legendary former All Black, Kees Meeuws.

LegaSea’s 5 principles are:

  1. Let’s rebuild the fishery.
  2. Stop senseless waste.
  3. Our fisheries are publicly owned.
  4. Equal size limits for all.
  5. Value recreational fishing.

All you need to do is:

  1. Register your support for the 5 principles, at
  2. Share the Tip the Scales link with family and friends.
  3. Make an appointment with your local MP and tell them you want public friendly fisheries policy.
  4. Vote on September 20th.

Soon LegaSea will be analysing each party’s policy. They can earn up to 20 points for adopting each of the 5 principles. Closer to the election we will report back to you with the results.

LegaSea will not be endorsing any particular political party, that’s your decision.            E:               P: 0800 LEGASEA (534                                                                         Each of us has two votes. Use your electorate vote to support the person that best represents your community. Your party vote is critical because it determines who will be managing our fisheries over the next three years.



Contact Details

Club Rooms 09 4050399

Restaurant 09 4050389



We look forward to seeing you at the club.

Jeanette Wilkins

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