16-17 February | Marsden Cove Marina

2018 Rules & Regulations


  1. The event marquee is open daily from 2pm until midnight (Thursday, Friday & Saturday.) Food and beverages are available for purchase during these times from within the marquee.
  2. No ticket - No entry. For anglers, AWOP wristbands and competition t-shirts and caps must be worn at all times within the marquee & its boundaries, or for non-anglers Day Passes must be worn. Please ensure your band is visible at all times.
  3. Registration is open from 2pm to 9pm Thursday 15th February 2018.
  4. Briefing starts at 7:00pm Thursday the 15th of February 2018.
  5. Fishing starts 5.01am Friday 16th Feb 2018.
  6. For weigh-in station times and locations please see the “Weigh in & Prize Rules” section below
  7. Senior Prize Giving starts 7.00pm on both Friday & Saturday nights. Junior Prize Giving starts 6:00pm on Saturday nights.
  8. Prizes uncollected during the prize giving can be collected at the event office from 9am to midday Sunday 18th February.
  9. To be eligible for spot prizes and promotional prizes, you must be in the Marquee before 7.00pm each evening to be valid for that evenings draw.


  1. All contestants Senior and Junior must each have completed an entry form and made full payment of the entry fee.
  2. All senior contestants must come to the event office at the marquee, Marsden Cove Marina to collect their official competition t-shirt and cap, their AWOP wristband must be presented in order to collect.
  3. The event office opens daily at 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, with the exception of Thursday which will stay open until 9pm
  4. Your AWOP wristband must be worn while fishing and the length of the event. You are not required to wear your t-shirt or cap while fishing its best to keep these clean for prize giving!
  5. The entry form is an invitation to treat by the organiser. Sending in the entry form and fee does not guarantee entry but constitutes an offer to compete in the competition under the organisers rules. Entry to the competition is at the discretion of the competition organiser and will only be complete when accepted by the organiser. If entry is refused, the entry fee will be refunded.
  6. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the registration of any contestant whose conduct in their opinion is contrary to the spirit in which the fishing competition is run. The decision of the organisers in this matter is final. No refunds will be given.
  7. Registration constitutes acceptance of the Rules and Regulations covering the competition, and all contestants agree to abide by the organisers and judges decisions.
  8. There will be a briefing at the venue on Thursday 15th Feb 2018 at 7.00pm. Competition organiser’s strongly recommend attendance at the briefing. The Northland Regional Council Harbour Master will be talking to contestants about safety and giving vital information.
  9. Fishing starts 5.01am Friday 16th Feb 2018
  10. Fishing will be with rods and reels only. Kontikis, kites, nets, spear guns and long lines are not permitted.
  11. The permitted fishing areas are as follows: (See Map A)
  12. Beach Fishing Contestants- All coastlines extending from Bream Tail, to Homepoint at Whangaruru (including Whangarei Harbour), but with the exception of prohibited areas as shown on Maps A & B. Land based fishing from any of the outer islands is classed as boat fishing. Please use access points to the beach that are already established. Competition organiser’s prefer you to walk onto the beach, but if you must take a vehicle onto the beach you must have a fire extinguisher with you, do not exceed 50kmh and please use common sense. The Department of Conservation have several fenced-off areas along the beach that are breeding grounds for our native birds, so please respect these out-of-bound areas, and follow any D.O.C. staff instructions. The Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club patrol Bream Bay Beach and will have a flagged section of the beach for swimmers - fishers please stay well clear of these areas and where there are surfers or swimmers. Glass is not allowed on the beach. Marshalls will be patrolling the beach fishing zone.

    Boat FIshing Contestants - Must stay within the boundaries of Bream Tail out to (and including) Sail Rock, the Hen and Chicken Islands and the 100m contour line around the Mokahinau Islands, extending across to Homepoint at Whangaruru. Also incorporates Whangarei Harbour. Note the reserves that are prohibited fishing areas as shown on Map B - Reotahi and Onerahi

    It is the SKIPPERS RESPONSIBILITY: To ensure they only take the vessel out in conditions that are appropriate to both the type of vessel and your own skill level.

  13. Cheating results in instant disqualification, and those caught will be banned from any future competitions organised by the competition organiser. Contestants must be prepared to be interviewed regarding their catch. Fishing within the prohibited areas (see Map B) will also result in disqualification.
  14. Before you begin fishing make sure that you are clear on all the rules - if in doubt ask the officials as no warning will be given. Any contestant who commits a breach of the rules shall be disqualified. Failure to comply with an official’s request will be deemed a breach of the rules and the contestant will risk immediate disqualification.
  15. Map of the permitted fishing area

    *The organiser’s reserve the right to change the permitted fishing areas without explanation and contestants will be notified of any such change at the prior weigh-in.


  1. Weigh in times:  
    2.00pm to 5.00pm Friday 16th Feb 2018  
    1.00pm to 4.00pm Saturday 17th Feb 2018
  2. Contestants must be in the queue with their fish at closing time to qualify. You MUST have your AWOP wristband ticket with you. You cannot weigh your fish without your ticket!
  3. There is one weigh station: Marsden Cove Marina - see Map C
  4. Fish inspections will be carried out at every weigh in. Only legal healthy fish will be accepted and the organisers reserve the right to reject any fish presented. Please keep your fish iced and in good condition.
  5. All fishing prize winners are determined by computer weigh in.
  6. The competition organisers decision is final.
  7. If two or more fish of equal weight become eligible for any prize, the first fish weighed will be the winner.
  8. Prizes are as offered and are not redeemable for cash value.
  9. No prizes will be issued without proof of identity; contestants MUST wear their competition t-shirt and AWOP wristband during Prize Giving. You risk disqualification if you do not have your AWOP wristband. Lost AWOP wristbands can be replaced at a cost of $20. Prizes become the responsibility of the contestant once they receive them.
  10. The competition organisers decision is final and binding on all contestants.
  11. Please be patient and respect the weighmasters and their assistants during weigh in.
  12. All weighed in fish will be sold and funds raised going to various charities.


  1. If you have any queries regarding regulations, please contact your local MPI Fisheries Officer.
  2. All fish must be of legal size and each angler is restricted to the MPI Fisheries regulations applying on that day
  3. Only the following are eligible as competition fish:


Species Daily Limit Minimum Size
Snapper 1 30cm
Kingfish 1 75cm
Trevally 1 25cm
Kahawai 1  
John Dory 1  


Refer to the “Beach and Boat App” brochure included in your angler pack for details on how to use the measure card, download the app and measure your fish.

All Measure entries must be submitted via the app by close of weigh in. If you are having trouble using the app you can submit your photos via email to info@beachandboat.co.nz, you must include the anglers full name and AWOP wrist band number if emailing.


All contestants agree to observe the competition regulations and bylaws, including the Northland Regional Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2001. The following are 4 main points to note:
Bylaw 2.1.1 Personal Flotation Device
No person in charge of a pleasure craft may use it or allow it to be used unless it carries as many flotation devices as there are people on board, the devices to be of the right size for every person on board.
Bylaw 2.7 Prohibited Anchorages
No person may anchor or moor any vessel within any prohibited anchorages (some are shown in our maps provided).
Bylaw 2.11.1 Damage to Navigation Aids
No person may tie a vessel to any bouy, beacon, or other device or structure erected as a navigation aid or warning.
Bylaw 3.2.1 Speed of Vessels
No person may propel a vessel (incl. a vessel towing a person or some object) at a proper speed exceeding 5 knots:

  1. Within 50 metres of another vessel; or
  2. Within 200 metres of shore.

Copies of the full Bylaw will be available at the venue and the Northland Regional Council will be patrolling the harbour and Bream Bay.
Contestants operating their vessels during the hours of darkness must observe the Maritime NZ rule, part 22 Collision Prevention, requiring all vessels to carry and show navigation and anchoring lights at all times.
Contestants agree to follow general instructions from the Northland Regional Council, MoF, the Department of Conservation, Whangarei District Council and Whangarei Volunteer Coastguard during the competition.


OUT OF BOUNDS: For our security and your safety, please respect No Admittance signs and out of bound areas which are clearly marked.

NO TRESPASSING: contestants trespassing on private land will be disqualified.

We are concerned for the environment so please act to conserve the beauty of Bream Bay. NO FIRES, DO NOT FELL TREES AND RESPECT

HISTORIC SITES: Avoid using on-board toilets (unless you have a holding tank) within the Whangarei Harbour. Please use the toilets provided ashore. Urinating over the side of a vessel within the harbour will not be accepted.

WATER: Please do not waste water. We maintain a firewater reserve which will limit the peak demand.

RUBBISH: Do not litter. Dumpster bins are provided for your use during the competition days.


The Century Batteries Beach and Boat Fishing Competition does not want you to drink and drive. Local schools (fundraising) will provide shuttle and pro-drive services so you have no excuse. Charges are very reasonable. To pre-book please see the Event Office or a security guard


The Whangarei Volunteer Coastguard have provided channel VHF 16 for distress calls. Trip reports and broad range talk is VHF 05. General talk from boat to boat is VHF 06 or 08. Competition organiser's strongly recommend that all vessels carry a VHF radio or mobile phone.


G.A.S provides petrol and diesel at Marsden Cove Marina (see Map C) on the water at the floating fuel dock, and is also available at land based pumps located adjacent to the launching ramp. Payment can be made by eftpos, Mastercard and Visa Card (PIN number is required).


  1. Our official competition boat ramp is at Marsden Cove Marina (see Map C) which has 4m deep low tide launching. There are ample parking facilities.
  2. There are other boat ramps in the near vicinity as marked on Map C and many more in the northern boundaries.


The AWOP payment system is the only accepted form of payment for the purchase of beverages from the bars inside the marquee, the purchase of food at vendor caravans and the purchase bait and ice from the event. Cash or Eftpos can be used at the AWOP stations inside the venue to top up your AWOP wristband. Refunds can be given please see AWOP staff for details.


If there is an emergency alert the nearest Century Batteries Beach & Boat staff member for assistance, or if at sea alert Coastguard on VHF Channel 16, or follow normal emergency procedures for at sea. On site at the event location there is a first aid kit available in the office and at the bar inside the marquee if required.


Security and safety patrols will operate 24hrs at our venue, the Marsden Cove Marina. If you require any help please contact a competition crew member or security.


There will be food caravans on site at the marquee throughout the competition.


  1. The organisers reserve the right to change or amend the competition at any stage, subject to advice from its legal or technical advisers, recommendation from the Maritime authorities or in the interests of public safety.
  2. Neither the competition organiser, nor any director, official, contractor or employee of the competition organiser shall have any liability in connection with the competition for any damage caused to any vehicle, boat or other property, or loss of property or personal injury or damage of whatever nature or kind howsoever caused. No refunds will be given.