2002 Stessl Gold Coast Flathead Classic
  |  First Published: December 2002

THE NINTH annual Flathead Classic was held over October 3-6, attracting around 250 keen competitors of all ages.

The prolonged dry conditions meant the fish were spread out over a large area, making angling a greater challenge than usual. The total number of flathead caught was 1342 – approx 5.4 flathead per angler – which was down from the 2000 tournament average. Another interesting finding this year was the success of soft plastic lures. 255 flathead were caught on plastics this year, up from 52 in the 2000 comp.

For the lucky draws, 20 seniors and eight juniors were drawn at random for the chance to win a Stessl boat and Yamaha motor package. This year saw the Stessl 3.85m Edgetracker and 25hp Yamaha go to Roger Emmerson in the senior draw and a 3.4m Vagabond and 4hp Yamaha go to Doug Burt Jnr in the junior draw. The 26 remaining lucky anglers shared in a heap of prizes donated by many generous sponsors.

On behalf of the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club, we congratulate all the winners, with special mention to David Green and his team. David has been involved with this tournament since its inception, and fishes hard every year.

Thanks also go to the Southport Yacht Club, Castlemaine XXXX, Channel 10 and Paul Burt, the Gold Coast City Council, and all of our sponsors for their help and support.

2003 is looking to be the best ever Classic, and everyone’s invited to participate. See you there! - Phil Imhoff, Tournament Chairman.



David Green1310 points

Roland Gray800 points

Ben Job (Jnr)747 points

Brian Allen745 points

Michael Horn745 points

Daniel Sands715 points

Ross McCubbin715 points

Michael Green (Jnr)687 points

Graham Dodds670 points

Keith Stratford665 points

Champion Flyfisher – Kevin Ballantine

Most Flathead Caught – Roland Gray (38)

Highest Total Length of Flathead – Roland Gray (16.23m)


2 Greens and a Magnet2712 points

Black Pirates 21545 points

Lively Lures1392 points

Team Dog1325 points

Honcho Brothers1195 points

Pig Lures1178 points

Rainmakers1115 points

Lazy Lizard Lures1015 points

Team Hornet890 points

Fishn’ Mates856 points

Champion Flyfishing Team – Doug Burt Fishing Tackle


Flathead (Snr) – Damien Newton (93cm)

Flathead (Jnr) – Michael Green (69cm)

Flathead on Fly – Kevin Ballantine (57cm)

Mulloway – Ross McCubbin (77cm)

Trevally – Danney McDowell (65cm)

Tailor – William Horn (49cm)

Tarpon – Graham Herbert (47cm)

Estuary Cod – Steven Ross (46cm)

Whiting – Bruce Mooring (40cm)

Bream – Thomas Wallbank (39cm)

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