4 nights, 3 days of fishing, great family entertainment and much more.
The 2018 Gold Coast Flathead Classic has recently ended for another year, and event organisers have relished in the success of the 25th-anniversary event.
Hailed the best fishing competition Australia has to offer, the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club committee, set the target high for the 25-anniversary event, wanting it to be the biggest and best yet.
Travelling from all over Australia, the 2018 tournament set new records for attendance, with 692 anglers fishing the event, 69 of which were juniors and 37 females.
Club President Danny Sands made a brief comment saying;
“It’s fantastic to see so many people entered into our event this year, we set the bar high, and we are delighted to have achieved what we set out to do”.
“We have gone to great efforts, trying to make this event something for everyone; especially families”.
“Seeing such a high number of father-son teams and junior anglers compete in this year’s event, just shows that we have found the winning formula”.
In a quick recap, the three days of fishing saw teams catch 4908 Flathead, with 2668 of the Flathead caught above 40cm.
Entries into the competition set new records in 2018, with organisers recording 692 anglers, equating to just under 300 teams.
Taking out the winning team this year was Team Sands, with team member George Sands also awarded Club Champion and the winning angler. Speaking with George, he said;
“Well, it’s taken a few days for things to sink in, I still can’t believe we managed to do as well as we did after a very ordinary opening day, only scoring a team total of 727 points”.
“Day 2 started poorly, Danny managed a 62 and a few small scores and I still by 9:30am never had a legal fish. Then things changed we fished a shallow flat and was about to give up when Danny got a 59cm using a big hard body lure, so we turned around for a second drift and this is when my golden run started”.
“I got a 79, 78 and 62cm very quickly, things got quiet and Danny suggested we fish a small hole in amongst the weed flats, this hole was amazing smashing another 18 fish 15 of those legal, another 77cm and a number ranging from 47cm to 66cm”.
“Counting our scorecard, we were over the moon to come in with 1913 points, then realising after day two we were in with a shot”.
“Can’t thank Danny enough for Day 3, our day was ordinary just ticking over fish slowly but Danny would net my fish unhook it do the photos and write up the scores a bloody champion, this gave me more time in the water and it paid off scoring a 66cm at 1:50pm, enough to get me over the line”.
“A big thanks to Danny, Uncle Kev and Gold Coast Sportfishing Club for the best Flathead Classic. See you all next year to do it again.”
With a massive string of prizes awarded, Friday night saw Event Partner and Major Prize Sponsors, Surf Coast Marine and Quintrex give away 4 amazing boat packages, worth over $75,000.
The Junior Boat prize and the Australia wide “Win A Quintrex” raffle were some of the highlights, but nothing could beat the hype of the final draw.