Tollgate Island Classic

Since its inception, the club has run its annual tournament, the Tollgate Islands Classic in January of each year.

This tournament is widely regarded as one of the best and most popular game fishing tournaments on the South Coast.

The 2024 Tollgate Islands Classic will be held on 19th, 20th, and 21st January 2024.


Thursday 18 th January 2024

Registration for competing boats & anglers from 5:00pm at Mariners on the Waterfront, 31 Orient Street Batemans Bay Briefing will commence at 7:00pm sharp. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Raffle of shimano 50 wlsra + rod will be drawn at the conclusion of the briefing.

Friday 19 th January 2024

Fishing commences at 7:00am and ceases at 4:30pm. Weigh station opens at 5:00pm.

Tournament buffet dinner commencing at 7:00pm at Bateman’s Bay Soldiers Club, Beach Rd Batemans Bay. Raffle ticket sales with raffle prizes to be drawn during the evening.

Saturday 20 th January 2024

Fishing commences at 7:00am and ceases at 4:30pm. Weigh station opens at 5:00pm.

Sunday 21 st January 2024

Fishing commences 7:00am and ceases at 3:00pm. Weigh station opens at 3:30pm and closes at 4:30pm.

All fish, tackle etc. to be in confines of weigh station by 4:00pm.

Tournament presentation of trophies and prizes will be held on the grounds of the Batemans Bay Marina on Beach Road from 5:00pm.


Power & Sail Heaviest Marlin Capture

$2000 Cash

Carpet Court Batemans Bay Heaviest Gamefish Male

Tiagra 50w + Rod

Smart Windows Heaviest Gamefish Female

Tiagra 50w + Rod

Oaks Ranch Heaviest Gamefish by a Junior

Saragosa 14000 + Rod

Trussworx Heaviest Gamefish by a Small fry

Saragosa 10000 + Rod

Batemans Bay Marina Resort Heaviest Other Gamefish

Saragosa 14000 + Rod


Garmin Most Marlin T&R by Boat

$5000 Garmin Voucher

Steeline 2nd Most Marlin T&R by Boat

$3000 Cash & $1000 Compleat Angler Batemans Bay Voucher

Beach House Stairs 3rd Most Marlin T&R by Boat

$2000 Cash & $1000 Compleat Angler Batemans Bay Voucher

Eurobodalla Coast Pumpouts Most Sharks T&R by Boat

Tiagra 30w + Rod

Coastal Concrete Most Other Game Fish T&R by Boat

Saragosa 14000 + Rod

Great Northern Brewery Champion Male T&R

Tiagra 50w + Rod

Trapman Australia Champion Female T&R

Tiagra 50w + Rod

Autohaus Select Cars Champion Junior T&R

Saragosa 14000 + Rod

Batemans Bay Auto Detailing Champion Small Fry T&R

Saragosa 10000 + Rod


Other Prizes

  •  Club Marine $500 Voucher  to unlucky boat on Friday , Saturday , Sunday
  •  Rip Charts giveaway Friday, Saturday, Sunday to 1 random   lucky angler each day.
  •  Unlucky boat draw. Free entry to 2024 Tollgate Island Classic for 2 anglers
  •  Unlucky angler draw. 1 tournament shirt and 1 free entry to 2024 Tollgate Island Classic
  •  JB lure every sked to random boat

1. Prize from Bec’s Beauty Bliss for first marlin tagged by a female entrant each day.

2. An early entry prize draw of 4 free entry to 2024 Tollgate Island Classic. Every boat entry received 1 week prior to close of entries will be

placed in the draw. Entries can be emailed, posted and/or registered through the Batemans Bay Game Fishing Club’s website and must be

received by the Tournament Director by midnight of the 12th January 2023.

3. The Unlucky Angler and Unlucky Boat Draw will take place at the Prize/Trophy presentation on Sunday 22nd January 2023.

4. Unlucky Angler – Any angler that has accrued zero points across the tournament shall be entered into an unlucky anglers’ draw to win

one tournament shirt and one angler entry into the 2024 Tollgate Island Classic (angler must be present at the presentation to win).

5. Unlucky Boat – Any boat that has accrued zero points across the tournament shall be entered into an unlucky boat draw to win entry for

up to two anglers on any one boat in the 2024 Tollgate Island Classic (must be present to win).

!!! Watch this space for updates !!!

Rules And Entry Forms

  1. The President invites anglers who are financial members of a Club affiliated with a State Association, which is affiliated with the Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA) or the Australian National Sport Fishing Association (ANSA) to participate in this tournament. Proof of membership must be produced on request. If no proof is available anglers must pay the $90.00 BATEMANS BAY GAME FISHING CLUB membership fee. The Club reserves the right to refuse any entry received.
  2. All teams must consist of at least two registered anglers. The Boat Captain and any persons involved in effecting a capture or tag and release must be registered anglers. Observers are not permitted, penalty disqualification. ANSA members must fish on a NSWGFA registered vessel.
  3. A Trailer Boat is defined as a boat that arrives at the tournament by trailer.
  4. Boats must be seaworthy and comply with NSW RMS regulations and have the required safety equipment on board. To comply is the responsibility of boat owners and crew
  5. All teams must advise details of their comprehensive insurance covering public liability and property damage to a minimum value of $5m.
  6. By entering this tournament boat captains and crew agree that they participate in the tournament at their own risk. The Batemans Bay Game Fishing Club Inc. will not be responsible for any accident and/or injury that occurs travelling to the tournament, during the tournament or travelling home from the tournament.
  7. On their first day of fishing all boats must return to Batemans Bay by water. On subsequent days boats must fish from Batemans Bay.
  8. Once the tournament commences, no vessel may be substituted for another vessel and no angler is permitted to fish upon another vessel other than the vessel on which he or she entered the tournament.
  9. Junior & Small Fry anglers wishing to compete for prizes other than those dedicated for Junior & Small fry categories are required to pay the full entry fee of a senior competitor. A Junior or Small Fry paying the full entry fee is still eligible for trophies in the Junior & Small Fry categories.
  10. Anglers who wish to participate but who are not members of an affiliated club may join Batemans Bay Game Fishing Club at a cost of $90.00 membership valid till 31/05/24.
  11. To qualify for an NSW Coastal Waters Trophy or NSW record the angler must be a financial member of a NSWGFA affiliated club prior to the capture of the fish.
  12. In the event of the tournament being cancelled in part or whole there will be no refunds after Thursday 18 th January 2024. Fish caught and reported up to the time of cancellation will be eligible for weighing. A full refund will be given if a team withdraws, or the event is cancelled before 7:00pm Thursday 18 th January 2024.   Refunds will be issued within 7 days of cancellation or withdrawing.     
  13.  In the event of the tournament being cancelled after commencement of the tournament any fish caught and reported up to the time of cancellation will be eligible for weighing and point score.                                                                                                           
  14. In the event of a gale warning on the first day of fishing, boats travelling by sea can fish from their own ports on the second day if no gale warning is issued. All boats must fish from Batemans Bay on all other days after the first possible day of fishing for the tournament.
  15. In the event of a GALE warning being issued by the appropriate government weather authority ALL FISHING MUST CEASE. Cancellation will only apply until the Gale Warning is lifted. Fish captured or tagged prior to the official time of warning by tournament base count in the tournament. Once notified by tournament base ALL BOATS MUST RETURN TO PORT. Fish being fought/played or hooked up after the cancellation is issued will be ineligible for this tournament. 
  16.  All boats, including those travelling by sea must sign on with Tournament Base prior to commencing to fish. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of all capture and tag and release points for that day.
  17. All boats must be equipped with a serviceable VHF marine radio with a minimum of Channels 16 and 80 frequencies.
    • Tournament Base will continue to operate until every boat is accounted for each day.
    • Signing on and off should be done when leaving or entering the marina or Hanging Rock launching ramp.
    • Radio base direct contact will be Sanchia Glaskin on 0409923585.
    • All boats must sign on and off each day. Boats failing to do so, without good reason, will be penalised 2001 capture and 2001 tag and release points.
    • Anglers must, when a capture is reported, give anglers name, fish species and an accurate estimated weight of the fish, line class and time of Capture.
    • T&R is to be provided by the team and verified by Sked Master (Tournament Base).
  18. In the event of a boat suffering radio failure, they must contact another boat or telephone and advise Tournament Base of the problem and immediately RETURN TO PORT.
  19. Radio Skeds will be conducted under the “NSWGF”. Guidelines for Radio Skeds for Tournaments” as are in effect at the time.
    • If a Vessel misses two (2) skeds Tournament Base will commence emergency procedures.
    • Radio skeds will be conducted at 2 hourly intervals commencing at 8.10am on VHF ch 80.
    • Three minutes silence must be observed on the hour for communication from any vessels encountering difficulties, and for ten minutes prior to the end of fishing on each day to allow registration of hook-ups and those fish still being fought.
    • When responding to calls from tournament base, teams must give their team number, boat name and position from the Sked Map provided.
    • Reporting is by Zero, Zero, Zero system (Strikes, Hookups, T&R/Captures)
  20. The fishing area for the tournament is defined as any area between a line 36 15 or 2Z (North of Montague) in the south on the sked map and 35 24 or 2J (South of Ulladulla) in the north. This is to isolate the fishing area in line with the B.O.M forecast area for the Batemans Coast.
  21. NO FISHING other than bait fishing is permitted west of a line drawn from Yellow Rock to Burrewarra Point. Failure to comply will result in disqualification of all captures and T&R made by the offenders on the day.
  22. Fishing times are
    • Friday 20th       7.00 am to 4.30 pm
    • Saturday 21st   700 am to 4.30 pm
    • Sunday 22nd    7.00 am to 3.00 pm
  23. The tournament will be governed by the “Fishing Rules and Tackle Regulations” of the GFAA and NSWGFA that are in effect at the time.
    • In addition, the NSWGFA point score system and minimum weights will apply.
    • Striped Tuna are only eligible for Catch and Release for Junior and Small Fry Awards. Same NSWGFAA Points apply. Use Measure & Release cards
    • NSWGFA Tag and Release (T&R) rules apply as do any new rules in effect at the time of the tournament.
    • CIRCLE HOOKS ONLY are permitted to be used for live baiting and trolling natural baits, whether live, dead, mutilated or dissected except in the case of targeting Narrow Barred Mackerel (Scomberomorus Commerson) NB: no points to be scored for any species caught while using live baits and/or trolling baits with “J” hooks.
    • Circle Hook Definition
    • A hook with its point turned 90 degrees or less back towards the shank of the hook.
    • Releasing tagged fish: The hook is to be removed or the leader cut as close as possible to the fish.
    • LINE CLASSES which will be recognised are 4kg, 6kg,
    • 8kg, 10kg, 15kg, 24kg, 37kg and 60kg.
    • SPECIES – eligible species will be those approved by NSWGFA.
    • NOTE: Burleying must not commence before the start of fishing on each day of the tournament.
      • Yellowfin Tuna: 15kg on line classes up to and                 including 15kg line, equal to line class for over 15kg    line, and for Junior/Smallfry anglers equal to the line    class in all cases.
      • Southern Bluefin tuna: 15kg on line classes up to and   including 15kg line, equal to line class for over 15kg line,  and for Junior/Smallfry anglers equal to the line class in   all cases.
      • Marlin: a minimum of 70kg on line classes 4kg to 10kg  and a minimum of 90kg on 15kg line class and over.  For    Junior/Small Fry Anglers a minimum of 60kg on line   classes 4kg to 10kg and a minimum of 80kg on 15kg line    class and over.
      • Other game fish (OGF) and Broadbill: minimum weight to be equal to line class.
  24. Time, Line Class & Approximate Weight must be given when reporting Capture and T&R. Failure to do so will result in your fish being recorded as after the last fish recorded and on 60kg line class.
  25. Any fish captured which is found to be more than 20% different from the measurement provided when the fish was reported will be disqualified.
  26. Any fish reported as hooked up prior to cease of fishing on Friday or Saturday may continue to be fought and will be eligible for Capture and T&R points in the tournament up until close of the gantry at 4.00pm Sunday.
  27. For all Captures and T&R to be eligible on Sunday, all fish, tag cards, paperwork and tackle required for checking must be within the confines of the gantry by 4.00pm Sunday
  28. T & R prizes are calculated by amount of fish t & r by angler on any line class.
  29. Shoot out prizes are based on point system determined by line class.
  30. In the event of a tie the Prizes/Trophy involved will be awarded to the boat/angler who reaches the winning points/ winning weight/winning number of fish first (COUNTBACK) .
  31. Prizes/Trophies: A maximum of two Prizes/Trophies only will be awarded to any one fish captured.
  32. Anglers are responsible for the disposal of their captures. Fish not wanted should be taken at least five (5) km to sea (outside the marine park) and cut open before disposing thereof.
  33. If any fish or fish carcass is cut up and disposed of in the confines of the weigh station or Batemans Bay marina, such fish having been caught in accordance with the rules of this tournament, that fish will be disqualified from the tournament. In the event of any shark or marlin given away for eating, only the fillets may be given, and the remaining carcass is the responsibility of the skipper and crew.
  34. All paperwork for capture and tag and release must be completed before presenting fish or fishing tackle to the weigh master on each day of fishing. All Tag Cards and paperwork must be filled in completely including line class and time of capture/ T&R or they will not be accepted.
  35. Photo or Video Evidence of angler hooked up and tag applied to fish must be submitted to tag/weigh station with tag card .at end of days fishing.” supply your own cord to download “
  36. Competitors are reminded that NSW Fisheries regulations prohibit the sale for cash or kind, of fish taken by an unlicensed fisherman and/or boat. Sale of fish will result in disqualification from the tournament.
  37. Misconduct. The Tournament Committee may, on its own initiative, investigate and act upon any incident occurring during the tournament. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary in such circumstances. The Tournament Committee may invoke penalties of loss of points or disqualification of fish, angler, boat or team where misconduct is deemed to have taken place. All competitors are reminded that as members of a club they are regarded as representatives of their club. As such, any unbecoming behavior reflects adversely on the club and, indeed, on all game fishers.
  38. NSWGFA Anglers must use the Billfish Tag to tag ALL Billfish. This is the only TAG that will be recognised for Billfish in any tournament, competition, and point score trophy. The Billfish tag is for billfish only (no other species).
  39. The Adjudication Committee is
    • Andrew Turner 0415652345
    • Jack Johnston 0415136627
    • David Britton 0409398648
    • Adjudication Committee’s determination of any protest or rule interpretation will be final. Protests, if any, must be submitted to a member of the Tournament Committee in writing, signed by the boat captain by 4.30 pm Sunday 21st  January 2024. All tournament decisions and rulings are final and binding on all entrants.
  40. Anglers are advised that there is to be no comment to the media by competitors – all media must go through the President.
  41. Shark tag and release points have been amended following NSWGFA AGM see below and can be found on
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  1. Shoot Out Rules.
    • To enter the Shoot Out the boat must be entered in the GARMIN Tollgate Island Classic Tournament.
    • Entry to the Shoot Out is optional and in addition to Tournament entry fee.
    • Shoot Out Entry Fee is $200 per boat.
    • Minimum of 20 boats @ $200 per boat required. Shoot Out Entry Fees refunded if not enough boats enter.
    • If no prize is awarded the winner or winners are to be drawn from a hat.
      • A fish must weigh minimum weights for a senior angler as per NSWGFA rules to be eligible. A very strict rule on calling the length will be enforced (As per rule: 23)
      • Capture Shoot Out winner will be the highest point scoring fish on the day of the Shoot Out and in accordance with NSWGFA Senior Capture point score system.
      • T&R Shoot Out winner will be the team earning the highest number of T&R points for the day of the Shoot Out and in accordance with NSWGFA Senior T&R point score system. In the event of a tie a count back will occur (refer rule 30)
      • Shoot Out will be conduct on one day only of the tournament which shall be advised to all anglers at the tournament briefing.

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Tollgate Islands Classic Entry Fees
Entries close: 6PM Thursday 19th January 2023. Entries received by midnight 12th January 2023 go into the draw for a chance to win 4 free entries to the 2024 Tollgate Island Classic. Every boat entry received 1 week prior to close of entries will be placed into the draw. Entries can be emailed, posted, or done online. Entry and payment must be received by the tournament Director by midnight 12 January 2023
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My crew and I agree to abide by the rules of the tournament and understand that any clarification requested will be provided by the tournament committee at the pre-tournament briefing. In addition, we agree that participation is at our own risk and that the holding of this tournament is not to be construed as an invitation to go to sea in conditions beyond the capability of the craft and crew. I confirm that the vessel noted on this entry form has the required safety equipment as specified by the governing authority.