In what may be a first for the Century Batteries Beach and Boat competition it was a female who took out first place snapper after reeling in the biggest fish of the tournament.

The annual competition, held in Marsden Cove Marine, is the largest snapper fishing competition in the Southern Hemisphere and attracted about 1400 fishermen and women this year.

Nicky Sinden, the new organiser of the event, said everyone had a good time fishing on Friday and Saturday.

"We got a lot of positive feedback. It may be the first time a female won the first place snapper competition," she said.

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The winning fisherwoman, Zara Clifton - who is from Northland but lives in Matamata, reeled in a 12.2kg snapper.

Photographer Tania Whyte went along to see what people caught.

PROUD MOMENT: Renna Brown and Carol Welsford with their huge catches.
PROUD MOMENT: Renna Brown and Carol Welsford with their huge catches.
WHOPPER: Sam Connolly, overjoyed with his monster 20lb (about 9kg) snapper.
WHOPPER: Sam Connolly, overjoyed with his monster 20lb (about 9kg) snapper.
Merv and Matthew Prinsloo with Matthew's 10kg kingfish. Paul Batchelor (right) had to admire it.
Merv and Matthew Prinsloo with Matthew's 10kg kingfish. Paul Batchelor (right) had to admire it.
Local Colleen Hogan with Waipu residents Karen and Peter Kipling who came to watch the weigh in.
Local Colleen Hogan with Waipu residents Karen and Peter Kipling who came to watch the weigh in.