Gold Coast Flathead Classic

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Broadwater Parklands

Northern Pavilion, cnr of Marine Parade and North St


Gold Coast, QLD 4215


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The 2019 Gold Coast Flathead Classic will be a HUGE fishing event with a massive prize pool worth over $450,000 (2018) set to be given away

About this Event

The 2019 Gold Coast Flathead Classic is set to be a HUGE fishing event with a massive pool of prizes worth over $450,000 (2018) set to be given away over the 4-day event.

With a range of team types catering for both senior and junior anglers, there is something for the whole family to get involved. Please note that entry to the event is expected to be capped in 2019 due to the events continued growth, so get in while you can.

The Gold Coast Flathead Classic is run thanks to our 12 volunteers who work year round to keep this great event running.


Senior Anglers : $360.95

Junior Angler : $124.62

Ticket prices include meals on each day of the event, team bags loaded with $100’s of dollars in lures, line, apparel plus your very own Sun Smart Flathead Classic fishing shirt and more plus we give away over $450,000 (2018) in prizes during the event.

Confirmed dates for the 2019 Gold Coast Flathead Classic

Tuesday 1st October 2019 (Registration Day)

Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th October 2019 (Fishing Days)


Ticket Entry Includes:

Meals every night including registration night

Team bag packed full of goodies valued at over $850 (2018)

Entry into the major prize draws

The chance to win one of 4 boat and motor packages valued at over $75,000 (2019)

Live entertainment

3 Days of fun-filled fishing action

Meet like-minded fisherman from around Australia

Lucky door prizes

SunSmart custom Gold Coast Flathead Classic shirt (Made by Switchbait)


To be a junior angler you must be under the age of 16 as at the final date of the competition.


1. All boats fishing in the Gold Coast Flathead Classic must have a current boat insurance policy. It is advised that you have your policy cover details with you when you are fishing the event for easy reference.

2. A team will consist of a minimum of two persons and a maximum of three persons. Junior teams are permitted provided they comply with QLD maritime regulations. All teams must have a nominated captain.

3. Persons other than fully paid entrants in a vessel must have the approval of the tournament committee. Any action construed as assistance to the angler or anglers by anyone other than a fully paid entrant by any means whatsoever will lead to team disqualification for that day or possibly the tournament.

4. This is a Catch and Release competition only. All species of fish must be handled carefully and released alive.

5. Only artificial lure or flies are to be used. Under no circumstances are dead or live baits to be used.

6. No burley is to be used, although commercial scents are permitted.

7. Flathead of 40cm + and other eligible species for the longest fish category must be photographed with a digital camera. These pictures must be made available to the tournament committee upon request.

8. All fish must be photographed on the tournament sticker provided, that is, fish lying on top of the sticker with both ends of the fish and the length ruler clearly visible. In addition, you must have your allocated token for the day in the photo along with your tournament ID.

9. Teams who lodge a daily score of 700 points or more or individual anglers whose daily score is 450 points or more must submit their photos of all Flathead 40cm or greater with their score sheets. All photos taken by all anglers must be retained until the end of the competition. In case of a countback, photos must be submitted on request. If no photos can be produced all claimed points will be invalid.

10. All Other Species must be QLD legal length to qualify for competition purposes and must be photographed on the tournament sticker.

11. In the event of there being two or more fish of equal length qualifying for the longest fish (Flathead or otherwise), the first fish caught will be declared the winner.

12. No gaffs to be used to capture fish. Fish friendly nets (knotless / Enviro-nets) are recommended.

13. This Tournament is open to all line classes and line types.

14. The Tournament Fishing Boundaries are from the overhead powerlines on Russell Island in the north and to the Pacific Highway Bridge at Nerang in the south/west and all waterways in between apart from government gazetted closed areas. There are two exclusion zones within these boundaries that are marked on the tournament grid map provided in this handbook. No fishing can take place in the following zones:

i) The area extending eastwards from the Seaway Tower directly north across the Seaway.

ii) The area extending eastwards from an imaginary line that runs in line with the trees on the bank inside Jumpinpin bar east of Swan Bay and the Q1 building.

15. All team members are to be in line of sight from their team mates if fishing from the shore.

16. All team members must fish out of the same boat. It is permissible to have two teams fish from the same boat (e.g. two teams of 2-anglers).

17. The maximum rods in use at any one time is one rod per angler. Thus, three rods in use at anytime for a 3 angler team, two rods in use for a 2 angler team. Anglers must set, cast, attend and retrieve their own rods. It is anticipated that equal fishing opportunity will result in approximately equal scores for each angler in the team. Having one angler “On Strike” will be viewed unfavourably by the tournament committee and may result in disqualification from the event.

18. Protests of any nature must be brought to the attention of the Tournament Committee or Marshalls on the day of the incident.

19. All decisions made by the Tournament Committee concerning rules, prizes and trophies are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

20. Strictly no private alcohol is to be brought onto the Tournament precinct and no alcohol purchased is to be taken from the Tournament precinct.


1. A number of Senior and Junior competitors’ names will be drawn daily for entry in the final draw.

2. Individuals do not have to be present at the time of the draw on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night.

3. For the final draw on Friday evening, all competitors must be present. Failure to be present within 30 seconds of your name being called will result in disqualification and the draw will be continued until all places are filled.

4. Names will be drawn at random from those drawn each night, with prizes awarded in decreasing order, until the last person remaining in the draw will be awarded the major boat prize.


1. Each day competitors' names will be selected based on a mystery time. All competitors selected will be placed in a barrel for a prize drawn that day. Prizes will be handed out on the day. If you are not present to receive your prize the draw will be repeated.

2. All decisions made by the Tournament Committee concerning prize draws and prizes are final.

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Broadwater Parklands

Northern Pavilion, cnr of Marine Parade and North St


Gold Coast, QLD 4215


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