My new Queensland based online fishing competition is now half way through its first year of operation and what a huge first 6-months it has been.

Many Central Queensland anglers have backed themselves to fish to win the cash prizes.  For the month of June the Gladstone Anglers reigned supreme with 10 of the 18 fish categories being won by them. 

Local Gladstone business owner Anthony Goulding of Outta Range Marine (Fishing Column Cover Photo) braved some average conditions; but because of the online fishing competition format he could quickly sneak out for a fish when he could, and pinpoint quality fish with his marine electronics. This resulted in a wise old 91cm Nannygai taking his bait in the very small bite window.  

Corey Bruton out did himself by landing a massive 86cm Red Emperor off the coast of Gladstone.  Not only was it his PB; but he captured this fantastic fishing moment with some very impressive photos.  Ryan Paterson continued to dominate with his Salmon fishing prowess and improved on previous months’ of weigh ins with a giant 136cm threadie.  But I can’t talk about the Gladstone Anglers without highlighting the young gun Sean Ibbs who caught a whopping Giant Trevally that was a tip to tip tail measurement of 126cm.  Young Sean goes by the Instagram handle of “How to Out Fish Your Dad”; so this is completely true.

As you can see in the June leaderboard, the Bundaberg Anglers; who up until this point had dominated, put in a solid performance too.

The online fishing competition format has proven attractive to Anglers from Hervey Bay north; because we don’t have as many fishing tournaments on offer outside of the South East Corner of our State and due to the pandemic some people wish to keep to themselves and not travel to the big smoke either. 

This month our North Queensland Anglers had some very tough weather conditions for fishing; which provided them very few opportunities to get out amongst some big pelagic and reef fish.  However, Mackay and Townsville Anglers still managed to make the ALLSTARS leaderboard to win their cash prizes to buy fuel, bait and tackle to compete in what we hope are kinder conditions for them in July.  We look forward to seeing our Karumba, Thursday Island and Weipa entrants back on the leaderboard.

The biggest news in the past week is the ALLSTARS INSALT $5,000 quarterly cash prize winner is Zayne Young from Bundaberg.  He had the longest Redthroat Emperor for the previous 3-months and the randomised ALLSTARS spinning wheel selected him from the 18 longest fish species.  He’s now working out what new boating and fishing equipment he’s going to buy with his $5,000 cash.

So the online fishing competition is just starting to heat up and you can join in the fishing camaraderie by getting on  the website and entering for $100 to be in the running to win the remaining $50,000 cash.

Finally, don’t forget fishos that the Queensland Fisheries Department has a no take period for Pearl Perch and Snapper from 15th July to 15th August.

Next column I’m getting all the good oil from an ALLSTARS Angler that has dominated the Mangrove Jack category.  So I’ll be sharing his tips with you soon.

As much as I like to write about fishing, I’d also like to hear from you.  So please email me at to share your fishing trips, fishing tips, fishing stories and photos.

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