MAKING A SPLASH!
New 20-metre pool to showcase paddle-boarding and more!
The impressive new 20-metre-diameter Hutchwilco Pool is a real highlight of this year’s show.
There is lots to see and do as the new 800mm-deep pool hosts regular stand-up paddleboard, jetboard and powered paddleboard demonstrations and the chance to “have a go” at these exciting activities, under expert instruction.
The Hutchwilco Pool will also be the venue for the worldwide debut of the new Mac Boats Fern Class Scout Cutter, a modern moulded polyethylene version of the traditional Sea Scouts cutter.
The show’s always-popular Kids Fishing Contest will also be held on the new Hutchwilco Pool.
To ensure safety, the Hutchwilco Pool will be continually patrolled and all those taking part will be required to wear a Hutchwilco lifejacket.
Free Master Class fishing seminars
Learn to catch more fish!
The show’s popular free Master Class fishing seminars are a great chance to learn how to catch more, and bigger, fish.
Packed full of easy-to-understand advice and clever tips from some of New Zealand’s top fishing experts, the Master Class seminars run throughout the show in The Rock Fishing Hall.
They are hosted by Hauraki Gulf snapper specialist and master filleter, Bruce ‘Captain Swish’ Duncan, this year’s presenters include:
Shimano’s new fishing club for kids
Designed to encourage more young people to go fishing, the new Shimano Fishing Youth Club is being launched at this year’s show.
Children whose parents sign them up for the new club at the Shimano stand, stand 188, in The Rock Fishing Hall, will receive a Shimano Fishing Youth Club certificate. They can then “spin the wheel” to win prizes of Shimano caps, tee shirts, hoodies, fishing rods and reels — and go into a draw to win a family fishing trip for 4 on board the Whitianga-based Whitiangler.
The Antique Outboard Motor Club’s special exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the history of powerboating. With 45 antique outboards on display, the exhibition will also be a celebration of Evinrude’s 110th anniversary.
In addition to a range of 14 antique Evinrude outboards from 1913 to 1975, there will also be 10 Johnson models from 1924 to 1971 and a display of Seagull outboards 1946 to 1970.
Also on show will be the Kiwi-manufactured Dolphin outboards, the Australian-manufactured Trojan Tornado, an Indian outboard (from the Indian Motor Bike Co in the US) and a 3.6hp 1947 Scott Atwater.
Pilot a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Head to the Bay Dynamics stand, stand 410 in Hall 4, to check out the latest Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) technology. Used to explore the ocean depths without the need for dive training, a westuit or even getting wet, ROVs are great for searching the seafloor, finding new reefs and other underwater structures for fishing and diving and just exploring for the fun of it.
The Bay Dynamics stand will also feature the impressive the BlueROV simulator. Connected to a large 65in screen, it will allow you to try your hand at piloting a ROV while friends and family watch on.
Learn to livebait for kingfish!
Big fish expert, Tony Orton from Offshore Adventures and Journey of a Fisherman will be hosting two informal talks daily on his favourite topic: live baiting for kingfish. Tony will also share insights to what fishing and this journey means to him.
Visitors to the show are invited to bring their questions and their appetites, too — the Journey of a Fisherman team will also be cooking up some fish-bites for those attending the talks.
The Join the Journey & Kingfish Livebaiting 1.01 talks will be at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday.
Surtees Seminar Series
Surtees will be running twice-daily seminars, at 11.30am and 3pm, on their stand in Hall 3 throughout the show. The seminars will be hosted by Fishing & Adventure’s Scott & Mig and Built to Fish’s Ben Brown.
Fishing & Adventure “Behind the scenes”
Friday – Sunday, 11:30am
“Fishing and Adventures’ Scott and Mig chat about the making of the show, taking you on a Behind-The-Scenes adventure plus sharing a few fishing tips and tricks along the way”
Ben Brown “Game Fishing”
Thursday – Sunday, 3pm
Hall 3, stand 336