It wasn’t a $million, but major
prize winner Aaron Elliott couldn’t have been happier with his Isuzu
D-Max Ute/Fyran 550, Honda Marine and Hoskings Trailer package worth
nearly $150,000, awarded at the Prize Giving last Sunday night.
A Hamilton resident, Elliott had come to the Hauraki Gulf in the hope
of snagging a prize winning snapper and he did just that, with his
registration number making the final draw and winning a shot at the big
In the end it was Elliott who was given the chance to choose from 100
envelopes, one of which held a $1 million cash prize or the major prize
It was Elliott’s first ever big win and he was shocked and delighted with his prize.
The prize giving night was a festive affair more like Christmas than a
fishing contest with few guests departing without some sort of prize,
varying from Shimano rod and reel sets, Furuno Fishfinders and Uniden
Marine VHF radios, Rheem Continuous Water Heating units and bathroom
renovation prizes from Mico Plumbing.
Playing the role of Santa on the night was event founder Dave Baty, who
handed out more than 200 prizes to the 400 plus fishermen and suporters
who crammed the room.
“The Million Dollar Snapper Challenge lived up to its billing as the
most valuable fishing contest in the country and it was a fantastic
“I expect that the event will continue to grow and become the largest competition in the Southern Hemisphere,” he said.
Dates for the 2016 event will be announced next month.