Big Prizes Won at Millon Dollar Snapper Challenge

Jun 05, 2015
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 prize.
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 package.
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 first outing.
“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.
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Dave Baty in full prize giving swing !