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The 2015 Hobie BASS Australia Nation Bass Championship – Hinze Dam, Queensland from October 30th – November 1st

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Tournament Entry

By invitation only.

Fishing Format

2-Day, 2 fish per session, Live Weigh-in or Catch, Photo and Release(CPR). Final details to be announced at briefing.

No Fishing

Monday October 5th up to and including Thursday the 29th of
October within the tournament arena.


It is mandatory to attend all briefings listed below. Anglers who are unable to attend the boat allocation, navigation & pre-fish day may have to forfeit their entry into the Australian Championship.

  • Boat allocation and Pre-Fish briefing
    9:00am Friday, 30th of October.
    Western Boat Ramp, Nerang-Murwillumah Road, Hinze Dam.
    9:00am – 9:30am Friday, 30th of October.
    Bring your Type 1 PFD for inspection by the Event Staff.
  • Official Registration & Briefing
    6:00pm Friday the 30th of October.
    Cedar Lake Bistro.
    555 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd
    Advancetown, Queensland, Australia
  • Daily competition briefings
    Times to be confirmed at official event briefing
Lowrance Navigation & Pre-Fish Day (Fishing Allowed)

9:30am – 1:00pm Friday, 30th of October.
Western Boat Ramp, Nerang-Murwillumah Road, Hinze Dam.

Anglers are allowed on the water in the Australian Championship kayaks between 9:30am – 1:00pm. No angler is allowed on the tournament waterway on Friday outside these times. Any angler on the tournament waterway on Friday outside these times are subject to penalties imposed by the Tournament Director. Anglers who fail to return by 1pm will have time added to their start time.

Navigation is so the anglers can familiarise themselves with the kayak they will be fishing out of for the event.

Session Times

Start times for Saturday – 7:00am
Finish time on Saturday the 31st of October will be 2:00pm.
Sunday session times will be announced by Saturday afternoon.

The 2015 Hobie / B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Australian Championship prize pool will include:
  • Sponsor prize packs
  • Championship Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • A place representing Team Hobie in the Australian Fishing Championships (AFC)
  • A Cash Prize Pool of:
    • 1st – $500
    • 2nd – $350
    • 3rd – $170
    • Boss Hog – $100 per day
BASS Australia Nation Membership

All competitors need to be BASS Australia Nation members to fish the Australian Championship.


Hinze Dam is not part of the SIPS system. Permits for Hinze are administered by the local fish stocking association. Permits are available from the following local outlets:

View Cafe, Hinze Dam
100-120 Advancetown Road Advancetown QLD 4211
(07) 5563 0313

Doug Burt’s Tackle World Gold Coast
15 Nind St Southport QLD 4215
(07) 5531 0755

Southport Fishing & Dive Centre
95 Gold Coast Hwy, Southport, QLD 4215
(07) 5531 2333

Sporty’s Warehouse Fishing
32 Strathaird Rd, Bundall QLD 4217
(07) 5526 2786

Measuring your catch / Weighing your catch

A live well and/or a measuring device will be supplied for the event.

In the event of a catch photo release tournament, all eligible fish mush be measured by the angler on the supplied measuring device alive and released in healthy condition immediately after photographing.

In the event of a live weigh-in tournament, no more than 2 Bass can be kept in the live well at any time.

Launch Location

Western Boat Ramp, Nerang-Murwillumah Road, Hinze Dam.

No Go Zones


Presentation Site

Western Boat Ramp, Nerang-Murwillumah Road, Hinze Dam.


The Australian Champion will be granted a slot in Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) representing Team Hobie as well as sponsors packs and prizes.

Tournament Dinner

6:30 Saturday 31st October
Cedar Lake Bistro
555 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd
Advancetown, Queensland, Australia

More information about the dinner will be announced at the briefing on Friday.

Angler Checklist
  • Fishing gear.
  • Landing net.
  • Digital camera with removable memory card. (Smart phones will not be accepted)
  • PFD Type 1.
  • ABT Ruler.
  • BASS Australia Nation membership card or number.

Anglers will be asked sign a check-out checklist when they are allocated their kayak on Friday between 9:00am and 9:30am. This same checklist will be produced by Hobie staff to check-in the kayak and accessories when the boat is handed back over after the completion of the competition on Sunday. If there is any items damaged or missing the angler may incur charges. It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure the supplied 12 volt batterie are charged before they take the kayak on the water each day. After the allocation on Friday, all accessories, batteries and the sounder are the responsibility of the angler for the duration of the event. The angler must take the, fish finder head unit, batteries and battery chargers home with them on Friday and Saturday nights for security and charging.

More Information

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The Location
The Hinze Dam is located 15 kilometres south-west of Nerang on the Gold Coast. Built across the Nerang River, the dam wall is 1.85 kilometres long. Hinze Dam has a full supply capacity of 310 730 megalitres and a surface area of 1500 hectares.
The Hinze Dam Fish Management Committee is charged with stocking the dam. In 2014 there were 80,000 bass fingerlings released in the dam. All funds for stocking are raised by Anglers through a permit system.Fishing Permits are required to fish the Hinze Dam. These are available for purchase online. Weekly permits cost $5 and yearly permits cost $40.

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Hobie Carts and Beach Dollys

Hobie wheelcarts and dolly allow you to simply wheel your Hobie down to the water eliminating trips back and forth to the vehicle! At the end of the day, Hobie carts get you to the water faster.