COVID-19: Fishing events cancelled, postponed (updated)

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of many fishing events. Image: Evans Head Fishing Classic

IN the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many fishing and boating events have been cancelled or postponed. To help keep you informed, Fisho will continue to update the list of events below.

Broken Bay Invitational Tournament, NSW (21 March) – CANCELLED

The committee of the Broken Bay GFC (BBGFC) has decided to cancel the Broken Bay Invitational Tournament scheduled for 21-22 March due to ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus and the continual restrictions on public gatherings.

BBGFC has advised all entries which have currently been received will be refunded in full.

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Brisbane National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo, Brisbane Showgrounds QLD (27 March) – CANCELLED

Brisbane National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo event organisers said the event was cancelled following advice from the government.

“National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo has been postponed and will not proceed on the scheduled dates 27- 29th March, 2020 at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

“Effective immediately, ticket sales are now suspended and we are carefully working through the next steps to determine potential new dates for our event.”

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Ovens River Challenge, Myrtleford VIC (28 March) – POSTPONED

Australian Trout Foundation president Terry George has advised the Ovens River Challenge has been postponed.

“Regretfully, we need to inform all those anglers who wished to participate in the 2020 Ovens River Challenge event, that it has been necessary to postpone the event until further notice. This decision is solely due to the advice and information we have received regarding the horrid COVID-19 issues.

“We apologise for the disappointment this will cause our passionate members and supporters, however our first priority is your safety, and the safety of our stakeholders, sponsors, and the whole community.”

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GoFish Nagambie, Nagambie VIC (2 April) – POSTPONED

Victorian freshwater fishing competition and festival, GoFish Nagambie, has also postponed its April event.

“It turns out that even GoFish Nagambie is not immune to the Coronavirus. It’s with the deepest regret that we are now forced to announce the postponement of the April 2020 Competition and Festival,” Rod Lockwood, CEO GoFish Nagambie, said in a statement.

“Everyone in our GoFish team is heartbroken by this turn of events.” Lockwood said.

GoFish Nagambie says it will sort out entry arrangements and make announcement on future dates over the coming weeks.

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Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament, Port Stephens NSW (3 April)POSTPONED

Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament event organiser Tony Poole said the event would be postponed until further notice.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to competitors, sponsors and the community groups such as the PCYC, Marine Rescue, Shoal Bay Fishing Club and others that we help raise funds for each year. This decision also has a financial flow on effect to local businesses and our many suppliers. But, as you can understand, nobody knows where this virus is heading and we need to protect our families, friends, and our community given its highly contagious nature.

“Please note that at this stage, the TBFT is being postponed and not cancelled. Hopefully this will be a short lived event and I’ll be able to contact you soon with some great news about a new date and additional new sponsors.”

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Mulwala Classic Invitational, Lake Mulwala NSW (17 April) – CANCELLED

The Mulwala Classic Invitational has been cancelled.

The cancellation announcement was made on the Mulwala Classic Facebook page. Organisers will be in contact with all entrants in the coming weeks.

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Rosehill Trailer Boat Show, Sydney NSW (4 April) – CANCELLED

The Rosehill Trailer Boat Show has been cancelled.

The Boating Industry Association said in an email it “values the health and safety of our exhibitors, their staff, visitors to the show and our team as a priority.  We are working to develop alternative opportunities to support our industry.

“Thank you for your understanding.  We will continue to keep you informed of further developments.”

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Palmerston Game Fishing Club Barra Nationals, Daly River NT (25 April) – CANCELLED

Barra Nationals made the event cancellation announcement on its Facebook page.

“Due to issues from COVID-19 it is with great sadness we announce the postponement of this years beloved Barra Nationals.

“The safety of competitors, the ongoing viability of the tournament and the likelihood of disruption means we have to put off the event until further notice. The risk to competitors and the tournament is just too great.

“The Barra Nationals will now likely be slotted in for a return in 2021.

“This decision was not taken lightly and made at this time to try to give everyone as much time as possible to adjust and also provide teams a full refund on entry fees paid.”

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Hope Island QLD (21 May) – POSTPONED

Organisers confirmed the 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be postponed until later in the year. The announcement comes in light of the continued escalation of COVID-19 cases and government directives on gatherings of more than 500 people.

Organisers said the health and safety of their teams, exhibitors and event attendees are the number one priority.

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Evans Head Fishing Classic, Evans Head NSW (26 June) – CANCELLED

The Evans Head Fishing Classic has been cancelled and says on its website that the event will be “back again in 2021, once things settle back to reality, this event is a flagship fishing tournament in the Australian fishing calendar.”

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Event organisers are encouraged to contact Fisho regarding event updates.

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