The Mooloolaba Game Fishing Club Inc. (“MGFC”) is based at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club on the doorstep of some of the best light tackle game fishing in Australia. Dominant species targeted in the area include juvenile Black Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and a myriad of other species. On the wider grounds Blue, Striped and larger Black marlin are encountered on a regular basis using heavy tackle.
The club predominantly tags and release the majority of the Billfish with the information being used by the NSW Fisheries Department to assist in their research of the species.
Mooloolaba Harbour also boasts one of the safest harbours along the Eastern Seaboard and excellent facilities for the visiting and resident angler. The recognized Billfish grounds start just 8 miles from the harbour to the famous “18-mile” grounds where Sailfish and Juvenile Black Marlin congregate on the bait schools that inhabit the area for most of the year. These areas are inside the Barwon Banks and days of 10 Billfish per boat are not uncommon with the current unofficial record at 23 Billfish in one day.
Membership of the MGFC is $80 per annum for seniors and $35 pa for junior members or family membership for 2 adults and juniors $160.00 pa including GST. Membership includes the club magazine “Hook Up”. Each meeting the club aims to have a guest speaker to present a topic relative to our sport to update or educate our members on issues such as conservation, tackle, techniques or technical matters. The Club also has several social functions and outings each year including weekend camping trips to Double island point and some of the dams in SE Queensland as well as our annual presentation and Christmas party.
Our anglers and boats are active in South East Queensland participating in most major tournaments and regularly taking out some of the major prizes. The club itself holds major tag and release tournaments each year and a number of smaller socially orientated events. The Queensland Interclub is held in October and is a team orientated event comprising both heavy and light tackle within each 3 boat team. The Billfish Bash is held in late November or early December. An 8kg tournament that attracts a large number of small and large craft from 5.2 to 17m in length. This tournament usually coincides with the run of juvenile Black marlin as they head south from the grounds North of Cairns. Our Billfish Bonanza is held over the Anzac Day weekend each year. This light and heavy tackle event is one of the most popular events in South East Queensland and regularly attracts a large field of boats and anglers from destinations such as Western Australia and New Zealand.