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Snapper Bonanza 2022 Contest dates are 8th - 12th March 2022

8th - 12th MARCH 2022

Ngai Takoto 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 Ngai Takoto 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 4x4 Ute (RRP). 2018 and 2019 were sell-out’s which attracted 1000 anglers, 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 2021, 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

$30,000.00

Heaviest Snapper Overall & Champions Trophy

$10,000.00

Average Weight Snapper Overall

Massive Spot Prizes Snapper Bonanza Triton

Massive Spot Prizes

Including a Mitsubishi Triton, Haze Real Estate Yamaha YFZ50RM Quad Bike and a Liquor King Oaklahoma Joe’s Smoker

Don't miss out on arguably the largest surf casting event in the world

Registration has never been easier.  Register online now!

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With all thats going on in this crazy time again Pukenui Pacific is going full steam ahead with their Labour Weekend Boat & Landbased Comp.

Head to their facebook page for more details on tickets. Send them a private message, phone 09 409 8816 or email pukenuipacific@hotmail.com
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With all thats going on in this crazy time again Pukenui Pacific is going full steam ahead with their Labour Weekend Boat & Landbased Comp. 

Head to their facebook page for more details on tickets. Send them a private message, phone 09 409 8816 or email pukenuipacific@hotmail.com

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I'll be there if Auckland drops to #2

Keen as for this!! If I can get throw Auckland.

Sharnz N Narrah your msg was legit😃

Ohe Kaio 👀

You heard about this one ge? Wayde Thorne

Ben Bowmar that us

Bryan Kilkolly Ian-Juanita Barron FI5HON 🤙

Tony Williams

Jordan Hyland keen ?

Geoff Cotter is that us???

Tony Williams

Alex Murti

Rickie Vanstone darling that you??? ❤️

James Huston

Mark Cockburn Stephen Price Keen?

James Sotheran Aiden Komarkowski Brock Beyer this would be a good weekend. Bit far to travel tho.

You going in this Stephen Heka Craig Dawson Tam Roberts

Tony Blandford

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I can't wait let's hope covid doesn't change anything 😊👍

RUB it In!

Woop Woop yussssss cant wait ROLL ON BONANZA 👌👌👍👍

Until vaxinda shuts it down.

Always a pleasure & privilege to Hi Ika on Te Oneroa a Tohe 💗 💗💗I cant wait🎣🎣🎣 peow peow

Locked in and ready to go

How did that happen?! I thought that we all had a chance on the same day not coool at all

Evan Rummins could be fun. Oh

can't wait

I cannot wait for this

Well done team

Eddie Robinson hissing boii

Bugga

Can't wait....

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Hey team well once again it’s a very stressful time for event organizers nationwide, for now we can only ride the storm, be safe and keep positive.

We are using the lockdown to tidy up the bonanza grounds, don’t worry its only my bubble doing the work and it’s basically my back yard.

We will mow in a week or two when we can hire the equipment, but as you can see the grounds are looking fantastic!

Can’t wait to see these grounds full again in March with a stage full of lucky prizes, and massive bonanza snapper 👊🏼

Stay safe whanau
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Hey team well once again it’s a very stressful time for event organizers nationwide, for now we can only ride the storm, be safe and keep positive.

We are using the lockdown to tidy up the bonanza grounds, don’t worry its only my bubble doing the work and it’s basically my back yard.

We will mow in a week or two when we can hire the equipment, but as you can see the grounds are looking fantastic!

Can’t wait to see these grounds full again in March with a stage full of lucky prizes, and massive bonanza snapper 👊🏼

Stay safe whanau

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Looks orsm mate..nice and green too..roll on March..gotta be my turn for the big Louie bro..I feel it in my old bones..or is that the Bonanza booze swirling around..lol

What’s with the long pants only ever seen you in shorts !cheers from here!

Dave John an Snapper Bonanza whanau, stay safe, fatten those fish up, and I will bring johnnys wheelchair mower up, he should be finished by march 😀

NICE!!!👍👍👍Sooooooo cant wait for this we both look forward to this every year Stay Safe everyone Grounds look so lush and green ♥️♥️

You got this Dave and John you did it before and you will do it again... Kia Kaha 🥰

Keep up the great efforts Johnny.

Would love to be there helping John. All stay well.

Kia Kaha bro…. Suns out guns out too huh.. 💪👍😎

U could have a wild dog catching comp🤣

Can u still get tickets

Bring on 2022 🐟🐟🐟😎

Great to see positive vibes on Facebook.👌👌👌

See you there

Cariss Strong-Puckett i hope he never made you mow that by hand x

Stay safe💪💪💪

Nice to see container space there

LEGEND...stay safe

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2 months ago
Head to the GR8-X Great Exhibition Surfcasting Competition page to see how you can get tickets to their fantastic comp!

These guys do an amazing job supporting a huge range of community groups. While you get to fish one of the far north’s most beautiful beaches.

Good luck for the upcoming comp teamWow another sponsor stepping up to support the Cause and the Competition.

GR8X21 welcomes sponsorship from the Awesome Team at the Snapper Bonanza.
Bloody Awesome Guys

Well I can’t tell you to get in there an buy a ticket because these guys are already sold out. Don’t hesitate to go along and support the anglers and enjoy the atmosphere
March 8th to the 12th 2022. The comp has a prize pool that exceeds $72,000 and lucky spot draws that exceeds $100,000.

Thanks to John Stewart, Dave Collard and team Bonanza 🙌🏼.
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Head to the GR8-X Great Exhibition Surfcasting Competition page to see how you can get tickets to their fantastic comp! 

These guys do an amazing job supporting a huge range of community groups. While you get to fish one of the far north’s most beautiful beaches.

Good luck for the upcoming comp team

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Stop telling everyone, they're already like hens teeth 😂

Lena Tapurau

3 months ago
Holy heck!!!!! Guys thank you for your support.
We are now SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!

To be added to our waiting list head to the below link.

The waiting list means we contact you if someone can no longer make it to the comp and needs help selling their ticket.

www.snapperbonanza.co.nz/waiting-list/
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Holy heck!!!!! Guys thank you for your support.
We are now SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!

To be added to our waiting list head to the below link.

The waiting list means we contact you if someone can no longer make it to the comp and needs help selling their ticket.

https://www.snapperbonanza.co.nz/waiting-list/

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Bugger. I won't be spying $370 for a early bird

Hannah Rose Thompson

Wow. Well done John Dave and the crew. Is it feasible to increase the numbers or are the logistics too complicated.? Next year will be interesting and some will be disappointed for sure. We will travel North regardless and support the comp. Cant imagine not being there after the years we have been entering. Bring on2

Yonni Dewsnap bugger

Hau lol

Matehaere Clarke Bussy Nanai sold out 😲

There is a new comp called Snapper dreamer. Yeah, you and some mates spend heaps of money on bait and extravagant food but end up getting drunk for a week 👍

Puru Aboagye Milton Leef

Lone Taiulu 😳 🥺

Rob Butler it sold out already

Daaaamn that was quick. Well do e team. Next year going to be Interesting. 2020s version of the shotgun start hahahaha

You get yours Taki Flavell??

Dave Barry

Much Rudolph😎❤️

We have 3 tickets need another 3 🤦🏻‍♀️

what!we need 4x in a year.

Yeap 4th year of missing out, on line at 9am couldnt load page good times

Kingi Wiki

Aaron Jaques Antony McDonald another year of no practice

Kiri CarrollLiz LoveNatalie Love

Oh what I was gonna win it too

Fcuk already🤔 tumeke alryt 🤙🤙

Vhinze Paito 🤦‍♀️

Samuel Brown

Luke Vincent wow should have done ours first thing this morning

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Hall of Fame

Dickson Hohaia,
South Taranaki

2021 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2021 – 9.060kg.

Grant Thompson, Auckland

2020 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2020 – 8.285kg.

Dave Rameka, Kaitaia

2019 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2019 – 7.905kg.

Grant Dodunski, Te Puke

2018 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2018 – 8.945kg.

Chris Spurr, Gisborne

2017 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2017 – 6.175kg.

James Benge, Hastings

2016 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2016 – 8.165kg.

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

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