REEL IT IN: Online fishing challenge to celebrate flathead far and wide

Two cousins from Melbourne are itching to get back to the South Coast and fish.

Scott Wakefield and Troy Eaton have been visiting Narooma with family since they were kids and have really felt the impacts of lockdown.

Wakefield said Melbourne folk have turned quite "gloomy" and dreams about getting back in his boat fishing.

Mal Gilham of Tuross Head with his winning flathead in 2020. Image: Supplied.

Mal Gilham of Tuross Head with his winning flathead in 2020. Image: Supplied.

Wakefield and Eaton are the duo behind REEL IT IN Flathead Challenge and said their upcoming events will give fishers something to look forward to.

REEL IT IN competitions budded from their Mallacoota event, which was planned for November 21.

"Depending on restrictions, we are hoping we will be out of lockdown by then and can travel," Wakefield said.

The Narooma event was also still on the cards for February next year.

With changing restrictions and COVID-19 uncertainties, Wakefeild said the best event to secure in your calendar that won't let you down is the Australian Flathead Challenge over the weekend of December 4-5.

The online event will see anglers from all over Australia chasing one of the most popular fish species, the Flathead.

Wakefield said The Australian Flathead Challenge was an event where social distancing was made easy.

"You can fish isolated, by yourself, or with a family member." he said.

He said competitors record their results on the REEL IT IN app.

"People write on their brag mats and upload their photos to the app," Wakefield said.

"There will be a live briefing on Facebook and a live presentation where you can watch from the comfort of your home. We try and make it fun and interactive."

Wakefield said there were different divisions to make the competition fair.

He said last year's winner of the Southern NSW division was Malcolm Gilham of Tuross Head, who also celebrated with his wife, Nina, who placed third.

Wakefield said fishers of St Georges Basin have seen plenty of dusky flathead over a metre.

"A lot of southern competitors go well in that area," he said.

In a separate division, there is also the chance to chase other flathead species offshore.

Wakefield said the prize pool this year was the biggest yet.

AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE: There's over $50,000 worth of prizes, random draws and giveaways, including the major draw of a boat, motor, trailer package with full custom wrap valued at over $13,500.

AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGE: There's over $50,000 worth of prizes, random draws and giveaways, including the major draw of a boat, motor, trailer package with full custom wrap valued at over $13,500.

Entry includes an official Australian Flathead Challenge brag mat and pack of soft plastics.

He hopes both young and old enter and "have a ball".

"It's an event that attracts a lot of people who are new to fishing comps, there's always good banter, older couples in small boats or people who do it land based," Wakefield said.

"It's really for anyone.

"It's about getting out, having fun making use of the weekend and celebrating flathead.

"Everyone's Instagram stories over the weekend with their flathead is a real buzz."

For more information and to register go to www.reelitin.com.au or visit their Facebook page.

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