Hervey Bay Amateur Fishing Club Profile

    Hervey Bay Amateur Fishing Club was incorporated in 1975 and currently has 175 financial members. Membership consists of four different types of Memberships, they are Life Members, Family Membership, Senior Memberships and Junior Memberships.

    Our members have had up to 30 years’ experience in local fishing. We actively promote recreational fishing with in the Fraser Coast Area, we achieve this through conducting, social events, monthly fishing competitions, junior tuition and fishing technique clinics, liaison with the Department of Fisheries, Membership of Fishing Alliance and interaction with other fishing clubs and organisations with in the Fraser Coast Area.

    In 2016, the club has fulfilled the founding member’s vision of erecting a clubhouse. The club successful applied for a community grant and the shed due to be completed by January 2017. The club also applied for a grant to construct a BBQ Trailer, which was also successful, this project that was completed in October 2016. The trailer is used for fundraising and to loan to other community groups.

    The fishing club in 2015 introduced a new fishing monthly competition, which was based on catch and release taking photos and using the photos for the weigh in. The dead weight weigh in still exists but is slowly been replaced by the photo method. This has helped in reducing the impact of recreational fishing on fish stocks by an estimated 250 kilos per year. The club has now acquired the electronic equipment to complete the changeover to complete photos, we estimate that if we have the equipment now we would replace the dead weight weigh in system totally by 2020.

    The responsibility of the day-to-day management of the club falls with the executive committee consisting of President, Treasurer and Secretary. A committee, consisting of Vice President, Social Convenor, Publicity Officer, Club Captain, Vice-Captain and 2 other committee members, assists them.

    The clubs fund raising consists of weekly raffles on Wednesday Afternoon 5 pm at the Hervey Bay Sports Club on Tavistock Street and Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings and other venues throughout the year.

    The club participates in the annual Inter Club Fishing Challenge between the six fishing clubs in the Fraser Coast Area. We have been successful in winning the event three in the last 6 years and runner up. Our juniors have won the championship for the last 6 years.

    Membership for 2015 to 2018 are as follows:
    2015   71 members
    2016   98 members
    2017 159 members
    2018 175 members

    The club actively communicates and assists other community clubs and groups within our area. Members have conducted fishing clinics for schoolchildren in Burrum Heads and the local club’s group over the past years.

    The club promotes interaction with other local fishing clubs, department of fisheries and leads recreational fishing with current up to date fishing practices and fish identification.

    Strategic Plan 2017- 2019

    • To establish and document Procedures for all facets of the Treasurer and Secretary’s position.
    • To Increase Membership Yearly to reach a target of 180 by 1st October 2019.
    • To establish a Promotional Plan to increase the Clubs Profile within the Fraser Coast Area.
    • To increase and train the number of core members that participate in Fund Raising Events.
    • To conduct at least 2 Junior Training Events annually.
    • To ensure that Members have Blue Cards where necessary.
    • To introduce Perpetual Trophies for the competition run during the year.
    • To establish and introduce and fine tune a monthly fishing competition where as members can fish anytime during the month and present photographs of their catches at the   monthly weigh-ins.
    • To introduce new members to the fishing areas by way of tag along trips, personal one on one tuition and prove GPS co-ordinates for local areas
    • To have regular social outings and day fishing trips for members
    • To have at least one charter boat day fishing trip per year
    • To have at least one away fishing trip to Bundaberg with members interested in deep sea fishing
    • To have at least one away competition yearly.
    • To win the Inter Club Fishing Competition.
    • To promote Sponsor’s business through our club, website,newsletters and information media
    • To promote Recreational Fishing within the Fraser Coast Region and build stronger ties and relationship with other fishing clubs and community clubs.
    • To prepare to convert the club from dead weight weigh ins to photographic weigh ins.


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