Referring to my post above, I'd like to elaborate on the possibility of media coverage. The NZACA Nationals in their current format is not a media-friendly event. Everyone disappears to top secret locations . Weigh-ins are not that exciting, although a couple of exec members had a blazing row at one—not recommended .
It's very difficult to get a story or create a television show on land based fishing—catches are too fickle. However, an event similar to the Snapper 1000 could be of interest to a television fishing show—only a few kilometres of clean beach fully accessible for a camera crew on quad bikes, lots of competent anglers reasonably close together, lots of fish caught, easy communication by cellphone. Horrible weather could screw things up, but a film crew would have the option to pull out.
To cover a rock fishing contest, a film crew would need a helicopter and a few GPS coordinates etc, which contestants could advise by cellphone—if they want to be on television but don't want competitors to know where they've gone .
Media coverage is important in getting sponsors, is it not? NZACA wants sponsors but struggles to quantify the benefit to sponsors.