The preparations for the 2023 Tuross Head Fishing Club’s Flathead and Bream Tournament are now well underway. Entries are arriving on a daily basis. It is going to be a great event. Most entries so far are repeat entries, so, it is time for more general information.
Tuross Head (on the far South Coast of NSW and four to five hours south of Sydney) is a very friendly coastal village of about 2,200 permanent residents, It has a micro climate caused by mountain ranges in the west, a lake on either side of the township peninsular and, of course, the broad Pacific Ocean out on the eastern frontage.
Coila Lake is very much an “Intermittent Closing and Opening lake and lagoon” It fishes well but is not used for the Flathead and Bream Tournament.
Tuross Lake is also classed as an “ICOLL” but is mostly a tidal lake and part of the Tuross River system that has it beginnings high in the distant mountain ranges. A decade or so ago all commercial fishing was banned and is now recognized as a recreational fishing haven. Although many species of fish are caught, Tuross Lake consistently produces bountiful and large Flathead and Bream.
The Tuross Head Fishing Club (a sub club of the licensed “Club Tuross”) has been running the FBT for a decade and a half now. It is a lure only and keeping with the conservation fishing haven aspect the Tournament is strictly catch and release. Outside of the Tournament, recreational fishers are free to keep DPI legal fish that they catch.
The Tuross Head Fishing Club Flathead and Bream Tournament is held over the Canberra Long Weekend holiday and in 2023 will be run over March 10, 11, 12. We cap the number of entries at the first 250 received as there is limited space in the Club Tuross which is used for meals etc.
There are only two entry categories, Junior (sixteen years and younger) and Adult. The entry fee is $150 for adults and $90 for Juniors. All entrants will receive a fishing shirt and meal as part of their entry.
Prizes - Shimano is our ongoing major sponsor and is happy to provide us with high end quality rods and reels for category winners. There are always spot prizes and raffles over the Tournament period.
Judging – We will need to inspect any large Flathead or Bream that may be in contention for major prizes, however, scoring is done by placing the caught fish on a DPI “brag mat” and using a phone camera to record a clear image and transfer that image to a phone number we will provide. We will give each competitor an individual number to display on their brag mat and a code for that days’ fishing.
Behind the scenes, we have software that is being updated as the images of caught fish are received ultimately giving a running scoring.
In short, it’s a great event and competitors always enjoy themselves.
More details, rules and regulations and the entry forms can be found by following the link or by using this QR code.