Hundreds turned out for a monster weekend of fishing on Whanganui's South Beach.

The Monster Surf Casting Competition, organised by the Wanganui East Club Fishing Adjunct, was a real family affair with 454 senior and 84 junior participants competing over Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17. Competitors came from as far away as Wairoa, Whakatane and New Plymouth and one competitor was a visitor from Sydney.

Adjunct president Marty Esau said the new two-day format was a hit, with the organisers deciding to move to an "all-fish" competition over two days rather than the previous format where the first day was for kahawai only and the second day for all species.

"Everyone seems to like the new format and there was a good amount of fish caught," Esau said.

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"We were still selling tickets on the Sunday morning. The sponsors really came to the party this year and we really appreciate that."

Eight snapper were caught in the senior competition over the two days, with first prize of $2500 going to Gregory Street for a 3.15kg fish. Te Rina Coveny was the only junior fisher to reel in a snapper, with a 0.5kg catch.

Lex Willemsen's 2.8kg fish won the senior kahawai section while Levi Te Kahika's 2.45kg catch took out the junior competition.

All the non-scaled catches were sharks, with Gordon Lowe winning the senior section with a 4.5kg shark and Koletray Witika and Bella Nesbitt catching 0.25kg sharks in the junior section.

Organisers were pleased with the number of snapper caught, considering the windy conditions on Saturday, and said there were some big kahawai catches but were surprised no cod or gurnard were landed.

Competitors wait patiently for a bite.
Competitors wait patiently for a bite.
Fishos stationed themselves all along South Beach in the hope of a good catch.
Fishos stationed themselves all along South Beach in the hope of a good catch.
Tai Puia (left), with grandson Jarias Smith, has only missed one surf casting competition at South Beach in all the years it has run.
Tai Puia (left), with grandson Jarias Smith, has only missed one surf casting competition at South Beach in all the years it has run.
Members of the Caught F*** All Fishing Club taking it easy.
Members of the Caught F*** All Fishing Club taking it easy.
Time for some quiet contemplation away from the crowds.
Time for some quiet contemplation away from the crowds.