In 1948, a group of amateur anglers from New South Wales and Victoria met in Newcastle and discussed the benefits of an Australia wide association of anglers. As a result of those discussions, a formal meeting was held in November 1949 by representatives from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, at which time it was decided to establish the Australian Anglers Association.
On the same weekend, the attending State representatives managed to hold a fishing competition of a few hours duration. Since that time, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have joined the Association.
From those few hours of friendly competition in 1949 has grown the present format of the National Championships for both State Teams and Individuals.
Previous Carnivals held in Queensland
1953 Coolangatta
1959 Coolangatta
1967 Noosa Heads – Tewantin
1977 Caloundra
1987 Gold Coast
1997 Rainbow Beach
2005 Yeppoon
The Australian Anglers Association’s National Angling Championships and Convention 2013 will be held over 17 days on the Sunshine Coast from 6th – 22nd August, 2013. These Championships are as much about developing camaraderie amongst the participants as about competition.
Who will Attend – The Championships are open to all financial members of angling clubs affiliated with their respective State Associations. A contingent of New Zealand anglers is also invited to attend.
Competitions – Three rounds of each of Offshore, Estuary and Rock & Beach fishing, and two days of Dry Casting competitions are conducted.
The Offshore will be held in the waters east of the Sunshine Coast.
The Rock & Beach competitions will take place anywhere from the Noosa River in the north to the southern tip of Bribie Island.
There are three venues for the Estuary competitions – the Maroochy River, the Mooloolah River and the Pumicestone Passage.
The Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club on Steve Irwin Way will be the host venue for the Casting events.
Official Functions – A Civic Reception will be held before the start of the carnival. Invited guests include the Shire Mayor and Councilors, the Local MLA, the State Presidents and Captains from each Member and representatives of the Championship's major sponsors. Later that day, the Official Opening and Flag Raising will be conducted.
The last official function, held on the last night of the carnival, is the Presentation Dinner at which all the major trophies are presented to the respective Champion State Teams and Individuals.
Social Functions – During the carnival, numerous social functions to be held. These include a Welcome Night and various other functions such as a State night, a dance or a trivia night. Several Lay Days are scheduled during the carnival and most competitors use these to go sight-seeing and visit the local tourist attractions. Bus trips to local places of interest are organized for those visitors who are not that heavily involved in the fishing.
Meetings – The Australian Anglers Association will conduct two important Meetings during the carnival, the AGM and Executive Meeting for State Delegates, and the Convention Meeting, open to all members.
Headquarters – Will be the CALOUNDRA POWER BOAT CLUB, on The Esplanade, Golden Beach. The club is a modern facility overlooking the Pumicestone Passage that will service our every need. They provide the wonderful cleansing ale along with excellent meals and snacks. Beside the club, you have a double lane boat ramp to the passage, with abundant parking and easy access.
The club also has rooms to hold all meetings and is ideal for social evenings and the final presentation dinner. Because of the liquor and gaming regulations of a licensed club, people are required to sign-in on entry. However, you may become a member for $5.50. This may be done prior to arrival, so your membership card is available. Membership will also entitle you to discount drinks and meals.
The club has a back deck (The Quarterdeck) where we will be taking early morning registrations. A weigh-in area will be attached to the Quarterdeck so that competitors may sit on the deck, watch the weigh-in and have a beer and a snack.
Headquarters will be accessible at all times when the club is open and we will have a drop-in centre at 3 Drake St, where the ladies can meet to have a cup of coffee and take part in some organized daily activities.
Attached is the Programme, both Fishing and Social, so that you will know just WHAT is happening WHEN?
All we need is YOU, the participants! So please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and join us on the Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast for three weeks of competition and fun!!