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growth-rate data used for long-
term management of the species
Entry cost $300 for senior
anglers and $155 for juniors, but it
includes meals, commemorative
event fishing shirt, team bag
containing lots of lures and other
goodies courtesy of sponsors.
There is a printed Tournament
Handbook for every competitor,
plus the opportunity to share in
$250,000 -plus worth of prizes, including a hot Quintrex 460
Renegade boat rig that’s a lucky draw prize.
While there are plenty of fishing tournaments around, the
inclusive Flathead Classic has managed to capture the people’s
vote. Perhaps we need something like this in Sydney? A Flathead
Classic in Pittwater with The Basin booked out and affordable
Meantime, the flathead will be stirring in the Hawkesbury,
Harbour, Botany Bay and Port Hacking this month. Great sport
and great eating, of course, especially when the fillets sell for
up to $65 a kilo.
The regulars at Browns
Mountain saw him hanging about,
dropping and retrieving lines full
of gemfish, when the bag limit is
just two fish per person. It didn’t
add up. Now, finally, the crook
came unstuck in a big way after
Fisheries nabbed the poacher
at Port Botany with 39 gemfish
weighing 159.7 kilograms stashed
in a compartment under the deck
of the vessel. He had another three
The six-metre red plate-alloy boat, motor and trailer with an
estimated value of around $50,000 were seized as well as 40 of the
Gemfish (20 times over the bag limit) and all fishing gear on the
boat, including 52 pre-rigged lines and hooks and an electric reel.
Anyone who suspects illegal activity should call the Fishers
Watch number on 1800 043 536. h
with David Lockwood
If they stop the nation for a horse race
isn’t it time we downed tools and wet a
line for a national fishing day? It was that
very thought that has led to Australia’s first
ever national Gone Fishing Day on October
16, albeit a Sunday not a Tuesday ... but
maybe one day.
Australia will celebrate its first National
Gone Fishing Day with thousands of
Australians going fishing and plenty of events
promoting recreational fishing across the nation.
Recreational fishing is Australia’s biggest leisure sporting
activity with an estimated five million Australians spending
a massive $10 billion each year to catch a fish. Gone Fishing
Day has partnered with the Australian Recreational Fishing
Foundation, (ARFF) Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA),
Keep Australia Fishing, and Clemenger BBDO to celebrate the
great Aussie pastime and back the industry.
“ What started as a conversation between two anglers
waiting for a bite has now grown into a national celebration
of Australia’s largest leisure sporting activity with Federal and
State Governments, fishing clubs, tackle stores, and recreational
fishers all supporting the day,” said Allan Hansard, National Co-
coordinator of Australia’s first Gone Fishing Day.
Hansard says Gone Fishing Day will be a truly national event
with activities happening from Hobart to Darwin and from Sydney
to Perth, including kids fishing days, family fishing days, fishing
tournaments of all kinds and fishing club events, in addition to
many Australians heading out for a fish with family and friends.
“ The great thing about recreational fishing is that it speaks
a common language – it unites all of us with the universal
icebreaker – Are They Biting? ” he says.
Gettin’ any? Caught anything? What’s on the chew? These
are all common permutations of the common query. And anglers
are mostly only too happy to show off their catch, especially
online these days.
“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t fished before or you fish
every day – Gone Fishing Day will have something for you. Our
message to all Australians is – get involved and make Your Rod
Count!” Hansard says.
Take part in potentially Australia’s biggest outdoor event by
registering at www.gonefishingday.org and the see Facebook
page of the same name. Hopefully, we get a public holiday and
not just a sickie out of it one day.
THE FLATHEAD CLASSIC
This year’s 23rd Flathead Classic on the Gold Coast proves
what a uniting force fishing can be. From humble beginnings
in 1994, the popular Flathead Classic now attracts hundreds of
sportfishers from around the country to the serpentine and sandy
flattie habitat around the Gold Coast and Broadwater.
A record 551 anglers fished for flathead in the 2015 Classic,
but the tournament is much more than just a comp these days
it is a feature event with a rich random prize pool, giveaways,
entertainment and a strong family-fishing theme.
Historically, the results from this 100 per cent catch and
release tournament have provided valuable flathead catch and
Keen Gold Coast angler
Christine Hunt at the
fantastic Flathead Classic.
This bloke lost his boat last
month after being caught
with 39 gemfish hidden
under the floor.
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