Plenty of fish sighted for Riviera Gold Coast Game Fish Tournament


The Riviera Light Tackle Masters game fishing tournament off the Gold Coast in January is already shaping to be bigger and better than the successful 2008 event.

Again, the Masters will run over three full days of fishing, beginning on Friday, January 16.  A flotilla of more than 50 boats and 200 anglers, with many ladies and juniors, is expected to challenge for prizes valued at more than $60,000.

The event, hosted by the Gold Coast Game Fish Club from Marina Quays International at Hope Harbour, will begin with registration in the evening of Thursday January 15, followed by three action-filled days of fishing and culminating with the Presentation dinner on Sunday evening, January 18.

According to Darren Malaquin, President of the Gold Coast Game Fish Club, the quantities of game fish at this time of year and their easy accessibility on fishing grounds close inshore make this tournament an ideal opportunity to enjoy great fishing, good weather and loads of fun.

“We are already seeing strong runs of small black and blue marlin, sailfish and dolphin fish off the Gold Coast,” he said. “With so many fish out there now, it bodes well for an exciting competition available to boats small and large”.

Stephen Milne, Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communication, said: “We are delighted to be involved in our local event again this year. It is an ideal location to bring the whole family to enjoy a great weekend away.

”We expect a strong contingent of Riviera owners at the tournament and, once again, we will run a competition within the tournament with a special trophy for the Riviera team who gains the most points tag-and-release.”

Marina berths and hotel accommodation at the Marina Quays International at Hope Harbour are available.

Fishing on Friday and Saturday, January 16 and 17 is from 7am to 4pm and on Sunday from 7am to 2pm.  A compulsory sailpast begins at 6am on Friday, January 16.

Entry fees (including GST) for the 2009 tournament are:
Seniors    $225.00
Juniors    $85.00
Crew    $160.00

Entries close at 5pm on January 9, 2009.

For entry forms, marina berths and any other questions, please contact tournament director Shari Newton on 0415 910 060 or email Or go to the Club Web site

Entries can be mailed to the Gold Coast Game Fish Club Riviera Light Tackle Masters 2009
PO Box 3038, Helensvale, QLD 4212