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Tips for the 2016 Gold Coast Flathead Classic
  |  First Published: September 2016



The Great Northern Brewing Co Flathead Classic now in its 23rd consecutive year and now Australia’s premier catch and release tournament.

The popular social tournament notably features an excellent random prize pool, giveaways, entertainment and much more. This 2016 event is more than the fishing with a great new precinct at the Broadwater Parklands atmosphere and lots of giveaways on a random basis anyone can walk away with a swag of prizes including a great Estuary fishing package.

Don’t hesitate, this is Australia’s premier estuary fishing tournament and it is targeted at anglers at all levels. Get on board by pressing the big red button on our home page, which takes you through to a secure online payment form, so be sure to mark this year’s Flathead Classic on your calendar.

Dates are set for 28 September to 1 October, so don’t miss out on $250,000 of random prizes for this year’s event.

This year marks a new venue, new boat sponsor and the 40th year for the Gold Coast Sport fishing club. Some lucky angler will drive away a new 460 Quintrex Renegade powered with a 75hp Evinrude E-tec and this sits on an aluminium trailer worth $31,000. A big thank you goes to Broadwater Boating Centre and Surf Coast Marine for this boating package and all the other sponsors that support this great tournament.

In a competition like the flathead classic, some teams will be thinking about where they should fish. Its up to the individual angler and what they’re confident with. Confidence is probably the biggest asset that you’ll need, because thre are so many talented anglers and teams that could win this competition.

Look at the Whyte boys – they have won in 2014 and 2015; and they do so well because they have the confidence in themselves that they can catch small numbers of big fish in the deep at certain parts of the tide. Whereas other teams have the confidence to fish in shallow water and catch big numbers of small flathead, and might get lucky to snare a big girl.

Having confidence in the lure that you are using is another important point. I have that many lures in my bag that I use while pre fishing, but when push comes to shove and we have a slow period, I always go back to the go-to lure that I have confidence in, because this lure feels good mentally and you know how to work this lure to its full potential.

I have fished a few Flathead Classics and I’m still amazed on some days how you could be next to your team mate, fishing the same lure almost have the same flick or trolling twitch and they will catch fish one after the other, and you are left with.

Having belief in a spot goes a long way too. Some anglers possess that fish-like instinct, which comes very natural to them. They know when, where and what particular tide they have a chance in catching a lot of flathead.

All of this comes back to one thing, and that is time on water. The best thing about the Flathead Classis is that, while you might have a shocker fishing wise, you’ve always got a sniff at winning an awesome boat, motor and trailer package worth $31,000 and the beers are always cold.

I wish everyone tight lines and good luck in this year Flathead Classic. – Danny Sands

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