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Sep 6, 2019 - Sep 8, 2019

The 39th Townsville Sportfishing Challenge is to be held in the Townsville district waters on the weekend of 6, 7 and 8 of September 2019.

The Townsville Sportfishing Challenge is an invitation only competition open to all members of Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA) affiliated clubs in Queensland.


The boundaries shall be a line drawn East/West from the Northern tip of Great Palm and a line drawn East from the Northern tip of Cape Bowling Green, with no Eastern or Western boundaries.  This extends to all estuaries that flow into the coast within these boundaries.


The Townsville Sportfishing Challenge 2019 is operated over a three day period.  Fishing commences at 6:00p.m. Friday 6 September 2019 and ceases at 12 Noon on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Fish caught outside these timings are considered ineligible and it is the responsibility of the individual to monitor these timings.

The weigh-in be held at 4 Dali Court, Heatley and will commence at 1.00pm on the Sunday or as close to this as practicable, however all fish are to be in the weigh-in area no later than 12.45pm.

It is expected the presentation will commence at approximately 3.00 – 3.30pm on the Sunday afternoon or sooner if able however this will be entirely dependent on the number of competitors fishing.


The tides stated for the weekend of the Challenge are as follows:

Friday 6 September 2019 Saturday 7 September 2019 Sunday 8 September 2019
Height              Time      Height              Time      Height              Time
2.18m                0352 2.27m                 0524 1.05m                  0048
1.10m                1032 0.96m                  1138 2.39m                  0615
2.89m                1728 3.11m                  1818 0.85m                  1227
1.26                  2357 3.25m                   1858


1.The rules for the 2019 Challenge are in line with the rules applicable to Divisions 1 and 2 of ANSA QLD Handbook March 2012 (12th Edition).   All eligible species are included on the attached list. The divisions are:

Division 1 Sportfishing Division (1kg, 2kg, 3kg, 4kg, 6kg, 8kg, 10kg & 15kg)

Division 2 Lurefishing Division (1kg, 2kg, 3kg, 4kg, 6kg, 8kg, 10kg & 15kg)

2. All fish are to be presented to the Weighmaster and assistants in preparation for weighing and Measuring and the Weighmasters decision is final if a fish is ineligible. Facilities are available for checking length and species prior to weighing of fish and it is the responsibility of each angler to ensure that fish are presented in accordance with the fishing rules.

3.If a nominated angler is unable to attend the weigh-in due to work commitments or unforeseen circumstances then that angler can nominate another member from his or her team to weigh In his or her fish. If this is the case then the respective Club Captain is to inform the Weighmaster prior to the commencement of the weigh-in.

4.All fish are to be correctly gutted and gilled prior to presentation to the Weighmaster as there are no facilities at the weigh-in site. On the weigh-in form fish are to be nominated if caught in estuary or bluewater and if captured by lurefishing .

5.The maximum number of fish to be weighed-in per competitor is five with no more than two of any one species.

6.To be eligible for team trophies, two members of senior teams must present fish to the Weighmaster. Junior and Sub Juniors are exempt from this rule, however a minimum of two must nominate in Junior and Sub Junior teams


An angler will be disqualified if they present to the Weighmaster any fish that is not fresh, gilled or gutted.   Anglers will also be disqualified if any fish presented are under the minimum length as per the Townsville Challenge Species List.

Fees and Charges

The fees for competing in the Townsville Sportfishing Challenge for 2018 are as follows:

Senior Adult                  $10.00

Juniors                          $  5.00 (10 Years old and not reached the age of 16)

Sub Junior                    $  3.00 (hasn’t reached the age of 10 years old)


Nominations are to be presented in team formation to the Committee Secretary by 8pm on the night of the 30 August 2019 using the attached nomination form, therefore unfortunately late nominations or amendments will not be accepted.

Payment of Fees

Nomination fees are to be paid by cheque prior to the closure of nominations on the 30 August 2019.   All cheques are to be made payable to;

“Townsville Sportfishing Challenge”

and addressed to the;

Townsville Challenge Committee 2018 C/- P O Box 1623

Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 Catering and Refreshments

The Townsville Saltwater Sportsman’s Club will have food and refreshments for sale from approximately 12:30pm.  All proceeds will be going to the hosting club.


The Townsville Sportfishing Challenge Committee has endeavoured to minimise the cost of competing in the Challenge this year so it is hoped that the raffles will be well supported. Tickets will be on sale at the weigh-in.


Awards Classification

Winchcombe Carson Shield  – (Champion Club)

 The highest score derived from the ten (10) highest point scoring fish weighed in per club, with a  maximum of two (2) fish per any one species.


Townsville Inter – Club Sportfishing Challenge Shield – (Army Shield)            

The ten (10) highest points scoring anglers for each club (Townsville clubs only).


Champion Visiting Club            

Highest aggregate score. (Up to a maximum of six anglers used to calculate the score).


Champion Team


Highest point scoring team with the maximum of three (3) persons per team (two team members must weigh fish, except for junior teams).


The trophies to be awarded in the Townsville Challenge in 2019 are as follows.


Winchcombe Carson Shield
Champion Visiting Shield
Highest Point Scoring Fish (Estuary)
Highest Point Scoring Fish (Bluewater)
Most Meritorious Capture
Sub Junior Female Champion Sub Junior Female Runner Up
Sub Junior Male Champion Sub Junior Male Runner Up
Junior Female Champion Junior Female Runner Up
Junior Male Champion Junior Male Runner Up
Champion Junior Team
Champion Senior Female Senior Female Runner Up
Champion Senior Male Senior Male Runner Up
Champion Senior Female Team
Champion Senior Male Team



The committee does not accept liability for the insurance cover of any participants, competitors or other persons or property involved or associated in any way with the Townsville Sportfishing Challenge 2019.   All such persons are totally responsible for their own insurance or liability cover of any kind, which covers themselves, their property or equipment.



The committee wishes all competitors the very best and looks forward to seeing a wide representation from all invited clubs.


“Tight Lines”

Billy Stringer




Sep 6, 2019
Sep 8, 2019