The Great Tradie Fish Off

Trade against trade, company against company, mate again mate – it’s time to prove you’re the best in your crew at what really matters: catching fish.

The inaugural Great Tradie Fish Off is kicking off this March, and there is a lot to get excited about. You’ll get a chance to win individual, company and trade honours – and it’s absolutely free to enter! Thanks to our generous sponsors, the first 1000 tradies registered will also receive a free entry pack, which includes a custom measure mat, a packet of Catch! soft-baits and jigheads, and a Marine Deals discount voucher for Catch product. 

How does the comp work?

When you sign up, you first register as an individual, then select or add your company, and finally choose your trade. Every fish you enter into the comp in March will automatically be allocated across those three categories. For the duration of the comp, you will be able to watch all three live leaderboards to keep up to date with how you, your trade, and your company are tracking. 


This is a measure-only competition, so to enter a fish, you will need one of The Great Tradie Fish Off Measure Mats (which can be purchased at if you’re not one of the first 1000) or another approved measure mat (a list of approved measure mats can be found at When you catch a fish you’d like to submit, simply line it up on the mat, take a pic, and enter it on the website. Each angler can submit one fish per species per day, so choose wisely! You can then decide whether you keep the fish to feed your friends and whanau or release it to swim another day – that’s the beauty of measure-based comps.

You can also fish anywhere in the country. There will be a prizegiving on March 13th in Auckland, but we will livestream the whole event so those of you smart Kiwis who live outside the Big Smoke can tune in. Go give the Off-Site Instagram page (@offsite_magazine) a follow to stay up to date with the prizegiving details and how you can go about tuning in.

Introducing the Team Captains

Five companies have bravely put their hands up to captain their trade throughout the competition. These are the guys who will accept the prize on behalf of the winning trade at prizegiving, or be the somewhat gracious losers if their trade doesn’t pull through.

NZ Builders will be, you guessed it, representing the builders – and rumour has it they’ve already booked a trip to The Three Kings, so they’re not mucking around. Plumbuilt have taken the reigns for the plumbers, while Scott Electrical jumped at the chance to keep the sparkies in line. The automotive team are in safe hands with Repco at the helm, and last but not least, Kiwi Diggers are going to be looking for an upset win for “The Other Guys” – if you’re a subbie or unsure where your company fits in above, then check “The Other Guys” box and do this team proud. 


It may be a free competition, but that doesn’t mean our sponsors have skimped on the prizes. Catch have offered $5000 of vouchers, ColorCote have put up $3000 of PlaceMakers vouchers, and Marine Deals are also chucking in $2000 worth of vouchers for their online store. Off-Site’s key sponsor Rheem have also joined the party, putting a Rheem hotwater cylinder with installation into the prize pool. Every prize will also include a custom competition Chums t-shirt, so there’s no shortage of motivation for getting out on the water and hunting down a trophy.

There are prizes for the top five longest snapper, as well as average snapper, and top three prizes for kahawai and kingfish. The company trophy will be decided on the combined length across all three species, taking the top three fish of each species. The trade prize will be decided in the same way, except taking the top five lengths of each species.

Caught on Catch

To top off the prize list, Catch are going to give two lucky tradies the trip of a liftetime. Anyone who submits a fish caught on Catch product (the picture must show the Catch lure clearly in the mouth of the entry), will go into the draw to win an overnight fishing charter to Great Barrier for two.  If you and your company want to be a part of The Great Tradie Fish Off, simply head to and register today. And remember, the first 1000 people to register get free entry packs, so don’t delay!