Sometime in 1993 Evan and Gwen Stanley, who owned the Toogoom Trading Post (now the Salty Squid in Moreton Street), decided to form the Toogoom Fishing Club Inc.so that others with a passion for fishing like they had would get to have great fishing with good friends.
Early members included Roy McGrath the local snake catcher, Ray and Carol Brown, Bill and Pam McCulloch, Bob and Kathy Lawson, Arnold and Marilyn Olzard, Steve Binney, Mal and Denise Mckinlay. Trevor and Deb ? and Ray and Pauline McIntyre. Mal McKinlay was president prior to Doug Cirson.
Weigh-ins were held on a rotating basis at members houses and meetings were at Goodys on a Thursday night. After a couple of years weigh-ins moved to the shelter shed opposite Goody’s On the Beach Restaurant near the Toogoom Boat Ramp on Beelbi creek.
Species mostly targeted were bream, whiting and flathead. In the beginning members could weigh in a total five fish per species and it was one point for one fish with ten points awarded per kg. It stayed like in that format until about 2003 when the club decided to adopt the more sustainable method used by the neighbour Burrum Head’s Fishing Clubs method of point scoring.
The Annual Toogoom Family Fishing Competition began in 2004, instigated mainly by the late Doug Cirson. Money raised from this event went to many deserving local non- profit groups along with the local Toogoom and Districts Community Association.
For the first Annual Toogoom Family Fishing Competition only three species were eligible. They were bream, whiting, and flathead. The live weigh station proved to be a boon for making catch and release possible. Club members, Bob Graco, Bob Cook and Bill McCulloch who built the live weigh station, will always be remembered as The Three Bs.
The annual Toogoom Family Fishing Comp grew until it became one of the major fishing events in the Fraser Coast region. At its peak it attracted 985 entrants with fantastic prizes awarded by the club’s generous sponsors from the business community.
Money raised from the event was used to build the green shed, home of the Toogoom Fishing Club, known as the Doug Cirson Shed. Other useful additions were the mobile cold room and live weigh trailer plus the big blue caravan.
Members benefited with subsidized trips away and entry fees paid into other inter club competition. One of the outstanding memories of those heydays of the club was that the Toogoom Fishing Club won the Salt Water Inter Club for seven years in a row.
The social night theme parties will never be forgotten. Please view our Galleries for some of the photos of these nights, which will give you some idea of the fun and hilarity that ensued.
Unfortunately around 2013/14 the club was unable to gather a committee to continue hosting the Annual Toogoom Family Competition but they stayed determined and continued for a few years with numbers down but still with a love of fishing and the monthly get-togethers.
In 2017 with a new energetic Club President Andy Mizon at the helm, all agreed it was time after a three year break to get the club moving forward again. Building on earlier committee’s foundations Andy’s passion for fishing and energetic drive has the club emerging as a vibrant and active club once more. The club in it’s entirety was wholly supportive along with most of the previous generous sponsors of the Toogoom Fishing Comp and the revived Toogoom Family Fishing Competition went ahead in 2017 with great results.
The Toogoom Fishing Comp will be held on the weekend of the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September 2018 with final weigh-In and prizes awarded along with some fantastic events, food and entertainment on the Sunday.