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$30,000 Overall Heaviest Weight Snapper

$10,000 Overall Average Weight Snapper

Plus Massive Spot Prizes

16th - 20th MARCH 2021

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 2020, 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 Snapper Bonanza Triton

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

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

Our Sponsors

Without them this event would not happen

  • Archibald Motors
  • Ahipara Holiday Park
  • Allied Work Force
  • Awanui BP
  • Bidz Takeaways
  • Carters Kaitaia
  • Collards Tavern
  • FNDC
  • Flight Centre Kaitaia
  • Folders
  • Hire Shop Kaitaia
  • Hunting & Fishing KTA
  • Icey Tek
  • John Roy Contracting
  • JNL
  • Kauri Arms Tavern
  • Kaitaia Auto Parts
  • Kaitaia Tractors
  • KPH Construction
  • Metalcraft Industries
  • Nintey Mile Ice
  • Salty Dog
  • Stonecraft
  • Steve Taylor Tyres
  • Te Hiku Community Board
  • The Warehouse
  • Thorntons Auctions
  • Toll
  • Waipapakauri Hotel
  • Windys Meats