The 2017 Gold Coast Flathead Classic hailed the Best Fishing Event Australia Has To Offer

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Over the past week, the 2017 Gold Coast Flathead Classic set new levels for fishing competitions in Australia.

A huge success, sponsors, anglers and their families found themselves immersed in festival hype during Friday nights awards ceremony.

Speaking to the audience, the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club told of their excitement, highlighting the level of achievement, with numerous accolades from anglers, calling the Gold Coast Flathead Classic, “The best fishing event Australia has to offer.”

In a quick recap, the three days of fishing saw teams catch 5669 Flathead, with 2938 of the flathead caught above 40cm.

Entries into the competition set new records as well in 2017, with organisers recording 670 anglers and 276 teams another massive increase.

Taking out the winning team was the Lowrance Whyte Boyz. Speaking with Nick Whyte, he said;

“Thank you to all the committee and helpers from the Gold Coast Sports Fishing Club.

So much effort goes into this event for all of us to enjoy, you guys really do an amazing job and to see the event climbing to record numbers this year is a testament to how well run it is.”

In a push to make 2018 another step better, Nick reflected on the general comments made during the event, reassuring organisers that they had delivered the ultimate fishing event.

“I made an effort to ask a lot of the newcomers what they thought of the tournament and the response was unanimous. The best fishing event they’ve ever been to!” said Mr Whyte.

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With a massive string of prizes awarded, Friday night saw Major Prize Sponsors, Surf Coast Marine and Broadwater Boating Centre give away a brand new Quintrex 460 Renegade, including trailer and 75hp Evinrude E-Tec motor package.

This also included insurance from Club Marine, trailer locks from Kovix Alarmed Locks, boat wrap from Bonza Graphics, and a  ProClean boat care pack worth around $30,000.

Second prize was an all expenses paid island getaway to Papatura; known to many keen anglers as the must go island for offshore sport fishing adventures.

This pack also included a Great Northern Brewing Co ever-cool icebox, a Spotters pack and an Unxplord giftpack, a total of $8,568.

Third prize was an awesome mixed pack from sponsors, with  Lowrance, giving away an all-new HDS 16 Carbon Sounder as well as a promo and lure pack, a C-Map Genesis premium east coast card, Great Northern Brewing Co ever-cool icebox, and a  Shimano backpack valued at $7, 797.

In a final wrap, organisers reached a massive audience Australia wide through social media, with the nightly entertainment streamed live for all to see.

The event was also lucky enough to have celebrity fishing personally, Andrew Ettingshausen from Escape with ET, and founders of The Mad Hueys brand, film episodes for viewing in the coming weeks.

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Danny Sands, Gold Coast Sportfishing Club President commented briefly saying;

“The outcome of the 2017 event is a testament to the positive evolution of the club.  Past and present committee members and even a handful of club members have paved the way to where we stand today, each of whom has left their legacy, contributing to 2017 Gold Coast Flathead Classic taking the medal for the best fishing event Australia has to offer.

We are just fishermen and women who want to create an event where other passionate anglers can come and enjoy being on the water with mates, doing something they love.”

The committee is set to start planning next year’s event in the coming weeks. The 2018 edition will be the Gold Coast Flathead Classics 25th Anniversary, and it’s tipped to be bigger and better again.

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Photo credit: Gerry Nicholls Photography |