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The birth date of the Whakatane Big Game Fishing Club can rightly be claimed as the thirteenth day of August 1966, for it was on that day that a public meeting was convened to engender enthusiasm amongst interested people in the organization of a deep sea fishing competition to be held in conjunction with the Whakatane township jubilee celebrations the following year.
The meeting was attended by approximately 60 enthusiastic boat-owners and fishermen from Opotiki, Kawerau, Whakatane and the Rotorua areas. The attendees at that meeting spontaneously resolved to form a Big Game Fishing Club and appointed a steering committee to bring into being a fully operational club by the end of that year.
Behind them was the interest and enthusiasm of dozens of people; in front was the pristine and unsullied waters of Whakatane and the wider Bay of Plenty which attracted every type of New Zealand Game Fish.
The work and recommendations of the steering committee were endorsed at a public meeting in November 1966, when the constitution was adopted, the committee elected and members began to enroll.