The Gold Coast 2012 Flathead Classic is a great event and is on from October 3-6.

Whether you are a tournament regular or a first timer this iconic tournament, now in its 19th year should be on your calendar next year. It is so much more than a fishing comp with a great event wrapped around excellent fishing. The Gold Coast is renowned for its big flathead and there is no better time to go crocodile hunting than this time of year. The format is over 2 1/2 days and is an eco-friendly catch and release comp, so no live wells are needed. What you do need though is a digital camera to capture your catches against the tournament ruler, which is provided at the briefing. Please note it is a lure and fly comp so sorry, there is no bait allowed. The comp can be fished as a team of 2 or team of 3 and there are honours for champion teams and individuals along with ‘other’ species trophies. However all of the big prizes are won by random draw! Yes that’s right you don’t have to be the best angler to take home the great prize or the big one, a BlueFin Boats package! With a limit of 200 teams (2 or 3 anglers), the Gold Coast Flathead Classic is one of the biggest catch and release fishing tournaments in Queensland and has a reputation of producing staggering numbers of flathead. I’ve decided to talk to a few people about why they enter the Flatty Classic and what they find so good about the event. Some of the answers are surprising and reveal a much greater depth to this tournament than many others on the calendar. So let’s get into it.