The Gold Coast Flathead Classic now an iconic event on the fishing tournament calendar had humble beginnings in 1994. The popular social tournament notably only features “lucky draw” prizes and category trophies and attracts sportfishers from around the country. Historically the results have provided valuable flathead catch and growth rate data used for long term management of the species in Queensland.

Back in 1994 the concept of catch & release was new to anglers and the club pioneered the tournament format now popular to fishing tournaments held throughout Australia. Each year the comp goes from strength to strength with numbers in 2015 having the most Anglers ever in the history of the competition with 551 fisherpeople. All up this tournament is much more than fishing comp –  it is now a feature event with an excellent random prize pool, giveaways, entertainment and much more. Be sure to mark this year’s Flathead Classic on your calendar.

Our 23rd Anniversary year

2016  DATES: 28th September – 1st October Sign-On, Briefing & Dinner: WEDNESDAY 28th September 2016 from 4.00pm

Fishing & Dinner: THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2016 and FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2016

Fishing, Dinner & Presentations: SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER 2016


Northern Pavilion, Broadwater Parklands Southport (Intersection of Marine Pde and North St, Southport)



$250.00 EARLY BIRD UP UNTIL June 30th 2016  (post mark)

$275.00 After June 30th,

$300.00 LATE ENTRY After August 15 places permitting & NO GUARANTEE OF SHIRT.


$125.00 EARLY BIRD up until June 30 (post mark) ,

$140.00 After June 30th,

$155.00 After August 16th places permitting & NO GUARANTEE OF SHIRT.

There is a 200 team cut off for the number of competitors this year, so don’t delay

In sending your entry asap. (*total excludes event sponsored teams)Teams must remain the same composition on each day i.e. no substitutions except for Juniors.

Your Entry Fee Includes:

• Meals as indicated above professional catering service (extra meals available, please enquire)

• Commemorative Event Fishing Shirt for every competitor

• Team Bag containing lots of lures and other goodies courtesy of our sponsors

• Tournament Handbook for every competitor

• Opportunity to share in $250,000 + worth of prizes


Rays Resort and Thornton Towers are offering a discount on mention of the Flathead Classic for competitors



It is a condition of entry to this competition that all anglers compete at their own risk and that by competing in this event you explicitly agree that The Gold Coast Sportfishing Club Inc the organising committee and their associated sponsors will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury to any person entering into this competition.


Register online by going back to the home page and look for the big red button for the 2016 Gold Coast Flathead Classic. Make sure you check the Page –  The Entries so far to see who has signed up for the comp.