Introducing Australia’s Reel Gauntlet: The Ultimate Fishing

AUSTRALIA’S Reel Gauntlet is set to capture the imagination of everyday fishers, igniting a battle for personal and home-state glory that will keep everyone hooked from the first cast to the final catch. This world-first concept will redefine fishing competitions and unleash an unprecedented level of fishing engagement and anticipation.

Inaugural Season Starts 1 December 2023
Lines-in for the inaugural season of Australia’s Reel Gauntlet is on 1 December 2023. State teams from across the nation will compete in a series of thrilling fixtures, showcasing their angling skills, and battling it out for national glory. With teams like the NSW Kingfishers, NT Crocs, QLD Brolgas, SA Opals, TAS Devils, VIC Seadragons, and WA Gogofish in the mix, the competition is sure to be fierce.

The Gauntlet Is Cast: An Unforgettable Fishing Challenge
Australia’s Reel Gauntlet is not just a competition — it’s an unforgettable fishing challenge that unites anglers of all skill levels. From December to June, state teams will face off in exciting monthly fixtures, with the winning team earning two championship points. A rotating bye ensures that every state has a chance to collect an automatic win, guaranteeing fairness throughout the competition.

At the end of the general season, the seventh-placed state team faces elimination, while individual competitors continue their quest for the prestigious State Best & Fairest Award. The competition heats up in July with the Qualifying Round, followed by the Quarter Finals in August, the Semis in September, the Preliminary Finals in October, and the Grand Final in November. The state that emerges victorious in this gripping encounter will be crowned the Champion State Team, etching their name in Australian angling history.

Be a Part of the Fishing Revolution
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the fishing revolution—join us at The 2023 AFTA Tackle Show on the Gold Coast on Saturday 5 August, 2023, for the official launch of Australia’s Reel Gauntlet. Witness the unveiling of this thrilling competition and sign up for the Early Bird Bundle to secure your spot and save $20. It’s time to throw your rod in the ring, demonstrate your fishing prowess and compete for personal and home-state glory like never before.

The Gauntlet is thrown by the Women’s Recreational Fishing League Inc. (WRFL), an Australian not-for-profit organization committed to achieving gender participation parity in recreational fishing by 2050. States can boost their teams and points by encouraging female anglers to join the WRFL and compete in the ongoing League Championship. As a reward for state competitors encouraging women to take up fishing as a sport, bona fide members automatically contribute their fishing points to their home state’s score. There are no limits to the number of participating WRFL members in each team, so let’s empower more women to pick up their rods and join the fishing revolution.

Early Adopters Can Save $60 with Early Bird Bundle
To celebrate the launch, early adopters can save $60 on first year full season pot by signing up for an Early Bird Bundle between 5 August and 31 October 2023. The Early Bird Bundle includes a personalised State Guernsey, Official Brag mat, and one full year competitor pass (valued at $270) for $210 (plus postage). There are only 50 bundles available per state, so act fast to secure your spot in this epic fishing showdown.

Standard registration fees and compulsory merchandise costs for participation in Australia’s Reel Gauntlet are as

  • Personalized State Guernsey: $100
  • Official Brag Mat: $50
  • Starter Bundle (1x shirt, 1x brag mat): $130 (available from November 2023)
  • Annual Competitor Pass (limited to 50 spots per team): $120
  • Casual Competitor Pass (month-by-month, subject to availability): $20/month
    The compulsory shirts and mats have a four-week lead time and must appear in photos for fish to score. So, don’t miss out—get your gear and secure your place in this epic fishing competition.

Australia’s Reel Gauntlet: A celebration of camaraderie, inclusivity, skill, and the enduring passion for recreational fishing. Join us on this unmatched quest, experience the thrill of every cast, and cheer for your state as they battle for greatness. The Reel Gauntlet awaits, and the glory of victory beckons.

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Jo Starling
National President, WRFL

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