$30,000 Overall Heaviest Weight Snapper

$10,000 Overall Average Weight Snapper

Plus Massive Spot Prizes


14th - 18th MARCH 2017

Placemakers Snapper Bonanza is arguably one of the worlds largest surf casting fishing competitions.


The Far North's Iconic Event

A must do for the surfcasting enthusiast or the social angler.


About The Competition

The Placemakers 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza is arguably the biggest Snapper Surf Casting Competition in the world, a one species fishing competition which runs for 5 days in March on the famous Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach), Northland New Zealand.
The cash prize pool exceeds $72,000.00, of course the biggest cash offering goes to the largest snapper of the week a whopping $30,000.00.
However don’t think it’s all about size as $10,000.00 is up for grabs for the angler that catches a snapper closest to the average weight of all the fish caught in the competition.
The event will still cater for the unlucky angler that doesn’t catch a fish as the lucky draw spot prizes exceed $100,000.00 which includes a $50,000.00 4×4 Ute (RRP).
Over the past 4 years the Bonanza has attracted over 700 anglers per year, it is estimated that at each prize giving there is a total crowd attendance of between 1500 and 3000 people enjoying the entertainment.

Snapper Bonanza Event

Darin Maxwell, Te Puke, Heaviest Snapper Record Holder
Heaviest snapper record in competition history winner Darin Maxwell from Te Puke with 12.030kg landed Wednesday February 29th, 2012

All poised to give more prizes away in 2017, your organisers Dave and John.

A brief history leading up to the creation of the Snapper Bonanza.

In 1982 the Brijevich family started the competition then called the Snapper Classic they were the owners of The Park -a camping ground just down the road from the current prize giving site.
The competition evolved over the next 27 years into a community project that benefited the many local businesses supplying services, supplies, equipment etc. to the many contestants and their entourages. The local economy received a much needed boost and everyone was happy.
In 2006 the competition was sold, the new owners ran it in much the same way as the previous owner, but ran into financial difficulties after the 2009 event. So in 2010 the competition was cancelled.
However the 90 Mile Beach Surf Casting Club ran an event for those hardy souls who came North anyway.
In 2011 the 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza was born, with local businessmen John Stewart and Dave Collard combining their talents to facilitate this Far North iconic event.
The bonanza brand has developed into a very strong marketable label and we hope it’s here to stay however without the support of our sponsors the event is not viable, as organisers we urge our anglers and supporters to climb on board and trade with our sponsors as much as possible.

Tight Lines
John & Dave

Some Of The Prizes Up For Grabs


Heaviest Snapper Overall & Champions Trophy


Average Weight Snapper Overall

Massive Spot Prizes

Including a Mitsubishi Triton, Flight Centre Luxury Holiday and a Liquor King Seahorse Kontiki Draw.

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Hall of Fame

James Benge, Hastings
2016 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2016 – 8.165kg.
$32,000.00 better off. Congratulations mate!

Troy Notton, Kamo
2015 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2015 – 8.315kg.

Neil Sides, Kaitaia
2014 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2014 – 9.995kg.

Jeremy Alai, Auckland
2013 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2014 – 9.91kg.

Darin Maxwell, Te Puke
2012 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2012 and new record holder – 12.030kg

Luke Boyes, Christchurch
2011 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2011 – 8.89kg

Our Sponsors

Without them this event would not happen

90 Mile Ice
Ahipara Holiday Park
Archibald Motors
Awanui BP
Carters Tyres
Collard Tavern
Crombie Lockwood
Durapanel Systems
Flight Centre
Folders Electronics
Hire Shop Kaitaia
Hunting & Fishing Kaitaia
Icey Tek
John Roy Contractors
Johnny Jones
Kaitaia Tint
Kaitaia Tractors
Kaitaia Auto Parts

Kauri Arms Tavern
KPH Construction
Metalcraft Industries
Mussel Rock Café Bar
90 Mile Beach Holiday Park
Pak n Save
Printing.com Kaitaia
Pukenui Holiday Park
Reel Rods
Regency Kitchens
Riders Sports Depot
Salty Dog
Steve Taylor Tyres Kamo
Toll Kaitaia
Waipapakauri Hotel
Windys Meats