Fishing Club

largest amateur fishing club in New South Wales

Hat Head Amateur Fishing Club is affiliated with the New South Wales Fishing Club Association (NSWFCA) and is the largest amateur fishing club in New South Wales with over 200 members. We are also affiliated with the Mid North Coast Amateur Deep Sea Fishing Club (MNCDSFCA) division of NSWFCA and our members compete in their bi-annual competitions, with clubs between Coffs Harbour and Hat Head competing. Our fishing club abides by all NSW Fisheries regulations and NSWFCA guidelines.

We are a family orientated fishing club who have a huge emphasis on teaching our junior fisherpersons correct fishing techniques & sustainability. All juniors compete in their own section and do not compete against adults. Every junior receives an incentive prize for competing in our monthly competitions. Ladies also have a separate comp of their own. We also have a lot of fun in our fishing club! You will hear laughter, have great times, find friendship and learn a lot about fishing if you do not know very much. We are all here to benefit and help each other.

New members are very welcome to join. Nomination forms are available at the bar of HHBC. You must be a financial member of HHBC to also join the fishing club. Juniors do not have to join HHBC but still need to fill out a nomination form. Please see the nomination form for costs to join the fishing club.

Executive and Committee Members

Executive and Committee Members are:

President – Matt McGrath
Vice President – Bruce Penson
Secretary – Nicole Brown
Treasurer – Melissa Cook

Committee members are:

Frank Said
Norm Higgins
Darren Harvey
Greg Stoneham

Official Photographer – Peter Britten

For any further information please send enquiries to the Secretary, PO Box 29, HAT HEAD, NSW, 2440 or you can call HHBC and talk to the Licensee, Peta Prior on 02 6567 7507.

Monthly Competitions

Our monthly competitions are held on the first FULL weekend of every month eg. If the 2nd of the month is Saturday then the comp will be held then but, if the 31st of the month is a Saturday & Sunday is the 1st of the month, then the comp will be held the following weekend on 7th & 8th of the month. All entries must be put into the fishing club entry box by close of business of Hat Head Bowling Club (HHBC) on the Friday night before the start of a monthly comp. The start of each monthly comp is from midnight Friday until Sunday lunch. All competitors must have their fish at the weigh in area by 12pm lunchtime on the Sunday. Cost to enter is $5 per seniors and $2 for juniors. All fishing club members fishing in a Deep Sea competition must have two (2) members in the boat for safety reasons. Eligible species for the monthly and annual competitions are: Bream, Dart, Whiting, Tailor, Flathead, Luderick, Mulloway, Rock Blackfish, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Marlin, Morwong, Pig Fish, Bar Cod, Spanish Mackerel, Tarwhine, Teraglin, Trevally and Yellowtail Kingfish. Entry to each monthly comp entitles the member to a BBQ sandwich, steak sandwich for seniors and sausage sandwich for juniors. BBQ lunch during the weigh in is also available for visitors and other members to buy sausage or steak sandwiches.

Our fishing club also holds memorial competitions during the year, in conjunction with our monthly comps:

  • June – Paul Ghilardi’s Memorial Comp (heaviest combined fish weight-BR&E or Deep Sea)
  • July – Richard Wawrzyniak’s Memorial Comp (heaviest combined Tailor & Mulloway)
  • September – Allan “Killer” Holloway Comp (heaviest combined fish weight-BR&E or Deep Sea) & “Stumpy” Graeme Perrin’s Memorial Comp (heaviest Snapper-BR&E or Deep Sea)

During most school holidays we hold “OPEN COMPS” for non members, to encourage children and adults to learn about or try fishing.

To weigh fish out of monthly meetings, please phone one of the following members, who will try to accommodate you:

Peter Hemmings – 02 6567 7576
Mark Rudduck – 0427 102 242
Bob James – HHBC 02 6567 7750