Spearfishers take a stab

Sea spoils . . . South Island Spearfishing Championship competitors Jonathan Spence (left) and Jordan Putt, both of Dunedin, return to shore with their catch at Karitane on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Spearfishers from across the South Island battled dirty water to catch flighty fish in Dunedin on Saturday.

South Island Spearfishing Championship organiser Josh Craig, of Dunedin, said he was pleased with “a very good turn out” of 38 competitors, who travelled from between Kaikoura and Invercargill to vie for a range of prizes.

Sea conditions around Dunedin forced the competition to be held at Karitane, where fish could be seen in the water to about 2m.

“This made fishing conditions hard, with fish being flighty in the dirty water.”

Mr Craig and Brad Olsen, of Dunedin, were overall winners of the competition. Jonathan Spence, of Dunedin, won the biggest butterfish prize for bagging a 1.54kg specimen. Jordan Putt, of Dunedin, won the most meritorious fish prize, for shooting a tarakihi.

The Queen Charlotte Trophy winners were Pete Dryden and Brendan Penwarden, both of Dunedin.

Pete Dryden won the Veteran Trophy.

Brad Warr, of Christchurch, won a prize for bagging the biggest fish.