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Do you have what it takes to be crowned the GT or Thready King in our King of Kings Fishing Tournament? 20 Target species, 20 cash prizes, 2 Crowns to be won! πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘



Held the last weekend of November, the King of Kings CQ will host salt- water, freshwater, boat, kayak, shore, bait/lure, spear and free-diving fisherman from over Australia. Anglers of all ages and skill levels will compete from midnight Thursday November 29th, to 11am Sunday December 1st, recording their success via the SCF Research & Events mobile app and will have the chance to share in roughly $20,000 worth of cash and prizes spread over 20 categories.

In order to participate, senior competitors aged 18 and over will register online and pay a $110 entry fee. Junior competitors aged 13-17 will register online and pay a $45 entry fee. Kids aged 4-12 can compete FREE of charge but need to be accompanied by a senior competitor who must register them online. All entrants receive an information pack and entry into the major prize draw.

Fishing will commence at midnight on the Thursday. There are 10 inshore and 10 offshore species on the target list, when a competitor lands a fish, they take a photo of it on a brag mat or flat measuring device and upload it to the SCF Research & Events app. The website will incorporate LIVE scoreboards that update in real time and display the current leader for each category, as well as the size of their catch.

Everyone must gather at the Gracemere Hotel on the Thursday evening to collect their information packs, confirm participant registration and attend the briefing/presentation. There will be some entertainment, activities for the kids, as well as product displays and demonstrations by various businesses in the industry and competition partners. The competition finishes at 11am on Sunday which will be followed by a presentation at the Gracemere Hotel where the winners will be awarded their prizes and the major prize will be drawn. The presentation will begin at 1pm, Sunday the 1st and followed by a celebration with the award winners and everyone involved.

Early bird tickets will be available in September, 2019.


For an even better understanding of the event, please check out what unfolded at the SCF Research & Sustainability Competition on the Sunshine Coast, click below for more info.


LIVE scoreboards, pending sponsors & TARGET SPECIES

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Our members will have a HUGE advantage in all the SCF Research & Sustainability events with access to the Uncut LIVE Scoreboards! By keeping an eye on the entire field you can see where you're positioned at all times and make the necessary adjustments to your game plan throughout the event to compete for the Target Species, Thready King & GT King Awards! CLICK HERE


Fishing Boundaries

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- Gracemere Hotel

Fishing times 

- You can be at your spot/location and ready to start fishing at midnight on Thursday night after the briefing! β€˜Lines in the water’ starts at midnight Thursday.

- Fishing finishes at 11am on Sunday. That means your fishing lines must be out off the water at 11am on Sunday.

Event Timeline

All friends, family and members of the public are welcomed to come down, get involved, have a beer and check out what’s on display.

THURSDAY (28/11/19). 3pm - 9pm

- 3:00pm. Early check-in, smartphone app testing and pre event activities/displays are open to the public.

- 6:30pm. Competition briefing begins. All competitors must be present.

- 7:30pm. Entertainment and bar activities.

FRIDAY (29/11/19). 12am - 12pm

- All entrants fishing and competing.

SATURDAY (30/11/19). 12am -12pm

- All entrants fishing and competing.

SUNDAY (01/12/19). 12am -3pm

- 6am. Live updates will be streamed throughout the day by SCF officials and special guests.

- 11am. All competitors must stop fishing.

- 12pm. Displays, stalls & bar will be open to the public/competitors

- 1pm. Awards, Presentations & major prize giveaway.

- 2pm. Interviews with the winners, bar activities & celebrations.

- 4pm. Head to (location to be decided) for the after party

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Your Location information will only be accessible by InfoFish Australia. We respect everyones privacy and ensure that your fishing locations will NEVER be disclosed.

Fishing Methods

All recreational fishing methods excluding nets are valid including:

  • Rod and Reel (all line classes)

  • Bait and Artificial Lures (including live bait and trolling)

  • Crabpots and traps

  • Free dive

  • Spear

All fishing vessel classes are accepted

  • Land based

  • Non powered (Kayaks, Paddleboard, etc)

  • Powered Vessels

  • Jet Ski


Spearfishers can enter a maximum of 2 categories (4 fish) in offshore species as well as Lobsters.  Fishers are encouraged to report non-target catches to assist with data collection.

Dangerous Fish

It is possible that fishers may encounter highly dangerous species such as Stonefish.  All competitors should:

  • Wear solid soled shoes such as wet boots if fishing in water

  • Cut the line – do not attempt to land

Protected Fish

The queensland fisheries website lists species that are protected in Queensland waters such as Queensland Groper.  These species are not eligible for the competition and should not be targetted.

Sharks and Rays

Sharks and Rays are catch and release only.  Targetting of large sharks is not permitted.

Measuring Finfish

All finfish should be measured to length over all with the fish in a natural position.  Do not squash the tail to extend the length as fish measured this way will not qualify.  Accurate length of fish is important for data analysis.

Measuring Sharks

Sharks should be measured from the nose to the tip of the tail.

Measuring Rays

Rays should be measured lengthwise from wingtip to wingtip.

Measuring Mud Crabs

Mud Crabs should be measured based on the width of the carapace – as per Queensland Fisheries Regulations. (

Measuring Lobsters

Lobsters should be measured based on the length of the tail – as per Queensland Fisheries Regulations (

Notes on Qualifying Species

Bream– All variants of Bream (including Tarwhine) qualify in the Estuary Bream class.  Seabream (such as Blubberlips) do not qualify.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Emperor – All variants of Emperors qualify in the Emperors class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Flathead – All variants of Flathead qualify in the Flathead class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Mackerel  β€“ All variants of Mackerel qualify in the Mackerel class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Trevally – All variants of Trevally qualify in the Trevally class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Tuna – All variants of Tuna qualify in the Tuna class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Tuskfish – All variants of Tuskfish qualify in the Tuskfish class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Whiting – All variants of Whiting qualify in the Whiting class.  The largest 2 count towards the bag.

Dispute Resolution

Any dispute or breach of the competition rules will be determined and adjudicated by SCF representative's whose decision will be final. A proven breach may result in loss of competition points or disqualification.

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