presents the Doubtless Bay Fishing Classic, hosted by

$30,000 Prize Pool
27th & 28th January 2024
Weigh in • Prize giving • auction
Held at Eastern Rugby Club
Auction to commence at 4:30pm Saturday & 4pm Sunday followed by prize giving each day
Raa White


Far North ITM Mangonui & Kaitaia
Reel Rods
Taipa Tackle
Taipa Tavern

Riders Sports
Hunting & Fishing Kaitaia
Coopers Beach Tackle


The Doubtless Bay Ray White Fishing Classic is a thrilling and highly anticipated annual event that brings together fishing enthusiasts, families, and the local community for an unforgettable experience. Set against the stunning backdrop of Doubtless Bay, New Zealand, this fishing tournament celebrates the love of angling and the natural beauty of the region.

At the Doubtless Bay Ray White Fishing Classic, we believe in creating a memorable and inclusive event that showcases the incredible fishing opportunities in Doubtless Bay while fostering a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition. Whether you are a seasoned angler or a beginner just starting your fishing journey, this classic is the perfect platform to test your skills and make lifelong memories.

Join us at the Doubtless Bay Ray White Fishing Classic and immerse yourself in the world of fishing, nature, and community. Whether you’re casting your line, cheering on the participants, or simply enjoying the lively atmosphere, this event promises an unforgettable experience for all. We look forward to welcoming you and creating cherished memories together in Doubtless Bay!


The Doubtless Bay Ray White Fishing Classic is held annually on Auckland/Northland Anniversary Weekend in Doubtless Bay, one of the finest fishing spots in New Zealand.

Event Details

  1. COST Senior $80 or Junior $25 (Juniors can enter senior section BUT NOT BOTH), senior fees apply.
  2. ENTRANTS must state whether land based/boat fishing, male/female, senior/junior on entry form.
  3. All senior fish eligible for main prizes Saturday and Sunday.
  4. NOTE minimum snapper weight 1.5kg for all senior prizes. Juniors fish entered must be legal size in accordance with MPI. ALL FISH MUST BE ON ICE.


  1. START FISHING: 6am Saturday, STOP FISHING: 2pm Sunday.
  2. FISHING AREA: Unrestricted
  3. FISH CATEGORIES: Snapper, Kingfish, Trevally, Kahawai, Crayfish – spiny & packhorse.
  4. RULE: All Kingfish must exceed 75cm. All Snapper minimum weight 1.5kg. Other contest species 1kg. Juniors to meet minimum legal size where required. Ensure you are familiar with the MPI daily catch limits, refer to website.
  5. SNAPPER: 4 per day per angler may be entered in contest.
  6. KINGFISH: 2 per day per angler may be entered in contest.
  7. CRAYFISH: “Spiny Red Rock Lobster & Packhorse” only species accepted, legal size Male 54mm/Female 60mm, Packhorse 216mm.Only Crayfish dived for can be entered and must be presented on ICE, ALIVE & NOT PUNCTURED. Daily combined limit is 6 legal rock lobsters & packhorse per Diver entered only.
  8. WEIGH STATION: Venue: Eastern Rugby Club Saturday 1.30pm to 4.00pm, followed by auction & prize giving. Final weigh in Sunday 1.30pm to 3.30pm followed by auction & prize giving. Absolutely no late weigh in’s will be accepted – NO EXCUSES. You must be in line with your fish before cut-off time. No place-holders.
  9. AUCTION BOTH DAYS: All registered fish will remain the property of DB Fishing Contest & Auction and will be auctioned (under MPI rules) following weigh in on day of catch. Saturday 4.30pm. Sunday 4.00pm. This years proceeds to the Lake Ohia Hall, Mangonui Lions, 2 Student to participate on the R Tucker Thompson, Taipa Area Sch, St Johns Ambulance, Mangonui Lions, Eastern Rugby Club Juniors, Karikari Peninsula Community Centre and Eastern Netball Ladies.
  10. PRIZE GIVING: Saturday at approximately 5.30pm after auction. Sunday at approximately 5.30pm after the auction.
  11. TACKLE: Only rods and conventional hand lines will be permitted. No contestant may use more than two hooks on any line or rig. No fishing with Torpedo or Kontiki
  12. TO BE FAIR, all boat anglers must have a ticket.
  13. PROTESTS: All protests must be in writing to the convenor by 4.00pm on the day in question.
  14. ALL FISH ARE INSPECTED by the Officials for validity. Any fish deemed not to be fresh or legal for any reason will be rejected at weigh in. Entrants to this tournament are deemed to be in acceptance of the rules and any violation could bring about disqualification. The decisions of the Officials are final and not subject to appeal or protest.
  15. As all fish are publicly auctioned fish are to be kept on ice or ice slurry until weighed in.
  16. Within each category: In the event of a tie the first fish registered in will be the winner.
  17. Liability to the public: No liability is accepted for the damage to any vehicle or property or loss of property or personal injury or damage of whatever nature or kind to any person however caused.
  18. Clarification of the Rules: 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 competitor who commits a breach of the rules shall be disqualified.
  19. In the event of an unfavourable weather forecast the organisers reserve the right to cancel the competition with no refund of the ticket price.
  20. Anglers or entry form submissions close 9pm Friday 26th January 2024 at Taipa Tavern and at closing times of other ticket sale vendors. If you require further ticketing, contact the organisers via email
  21. Spot prizes: You must be present to win a spot prize, otherwise it will be redrawn.


Senior – land based or boat (men and women)
*There are two of each prize below – one drawn Saturday, one drawn Sunday.

Fish Category Prize Value
Snapper Closest to Avg Weight $1,500
Snapper Heaviest 1st $1,000
Snapper Heaviest 2nd $400
Snapper Heaviest 3rd $100
Kingfish Closet to Average Weight $1,000
Kingfish Heaviest 1st $700
Kingfish Heaviest 2nd $250
Kingfish Heaviest 3rd $70
Trevally Heaviest 1st $500
Trevally Heaviest 2nd $250
Trevally Heaviest 3rd $70
Kahawai Heaviest 1st $500
Kahawai Heaviest 2nd $250
Kahawai Heaviest 3rd $70
Crayfish Spiny Red Closest to Avg Weight $600
Crayfish Spiny Red Heaviest $600
Crayfish Packhorse Closest to Avg Weight $600
Crayfish Packhorse Heaviest $600
Section Category Prize Value
Ladies Heaviest Snapper $1,000
Land Based Heaviest Snapper $1,000
Junior Heaviest Snapper $100
Junior Heaviest Trevally $100
Junior Heaviest Kahawai $100
Junior Heaviest Sprat $100
Junior Heaviest Kohero $100
Junior Heaviest Kingfish $100
Ugliest Fish   $100
*There is one of each prize below. Drawn on Sunday.
Overall – Cash Prizes
Snapper Closest to Avg Weight $5,000
Kingfish Closest to Avg Weight $1,500
Crayfish Closest to Avg Weight $1,000


We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, inquiries, or need further information about the Doubtless Bay Ray White Fishing Classic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Phone: 021 376 540

Our friendly team is ready to assist you and provide any assistance you may need. Feel free to contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Join us for an unforgettable fishing experience in Doubtless Bay and be a part of this thrilling competition. We look forward to seeing you at the Doubtless Bay Ray White Fishing Classic!