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Top fishing tournaments in Australia

Fishing is one of Australia’s most loved pastimes, and while most of us are happy to enjoy a cast with a couple of mates, there’s also a very healthy tournament scene right here in Australia. We’ve listed our top 3. And this year, it’s all about the snapper, the bream and fly-fishing.

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  1. The Australian Snapper Championships

The Australian Snapper Championship just celebrated its 25th year, with a Port Augusta local taking out the coveted top spot. The famous snapper comp draws people from all around Australia, and there’s more than a few good reasons why.

Along with the fishing, you’ll also find an arts-based Family Festival, featuring creative workshops, sporting activities and amusements rides for the kids. Plus local musicians, art and craft stalls and lots of yummy food to enjoy.

But let’s get back to the snapper.

This year the winning snapper weighed in at 12.94 kilos, with contestants having to tackle tough weather conditions in the first couple of days of the tournament. Whyalla locals dominated the leader board, with 7 of the top 10 anglers coming from the comp’s hometown.

Where? Whyalla Marina

When? Easter Long Weekend (annually)

How do I get more info? http://www.australiansnapper.com.au/index.php

  1. Gamakatsu Team Series

If bream is your catch of choice, then you’ve probably already heard of the Gamakatsu Team Series. Now in its 9th year, the series is said to be one of the biggest in Australia. It’s also known for covering large distances – from Taree to the Gold Coast, Forster and Tweed Heads.

If you can’t travel that far, don’t worry. Each event is broken into specific regions, so you have the opportunity to qualify for the grand final without straying too far from home.

44 teams are accepted into the Grand Final, with 18 from each region and 5 extra spots going to teams that hail from the Grand Final location.

If you’re interested in joining the Gamakatsu Team Series, it’s worth checking out the ABT (Australian Break Tournaments) website, which includes all the rules associated with bream fishing tournaments.

Where? NSW and SEQLD

When? Jan to July (annually)

How do I get more info? http://fishingcomps.com.au/aft/gts/

  1. National Fly Fishing Competition

The Australian Fly Fishing Championships (also known as the ‘Nationals’) happen in November at a different location every year. To qualify, you’ll need to compete in a number of state competitions, as your top 2 competition results will be used to determine if you qualify.

For more information on how to qualify, visit the Fly Fish Australia website.

If you love fly-fishing, but aren’t connected with the fly fishing community, you may like to check out this website, which lists fly fishing clubs located around Australia. These clubs will be able to assist you with getting started in competitions at state-level, so you can then take the next step to nationals. The website also includes great resources for fly fishing enthusiasts.

Where? Varies every year

When? November (annually)

How do I get more info? http://flyfishaustralia.com.au/cms/competitions/national-competitions

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