A note from the TGFA President
Welcome to the official Tasmanian Game Fishing Association web site.
Tasmania is the smallest geographical state in Australia but we have a world class game fishery that presents unique challenges off one of the world’s most picturesque coastline.
The TGFA is the state association representing the interest of the four very active game fishing clubs. These clubs are Tuna Club of Tasmania, Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania, St Helens Game Fishing Club and the Southern Gamefish Club.
The association made up of representative delegates from the four clubs is responsible for guiding its members to conduct activities according to the aims and rules of the Game Fishing Association of Australia, our national peak body, which in turn is affiliated with the International Game Fish Association. The GFAA was founded in 1938 and is held in high regard right around the world.
The TGFA is responsible for the administration of Club , State and Australian records, sanctioning of game fishing contests and providing an active advocacy for our anglers to ensure that our fisher people have an equitable share in fish and bait resources.
TGFA also promotes and supports sustainable fishing practices and scientific research. Our members participate in fish tag and release programs , a vital activity for the protection, preservation and scientific data collection.
TGFA is your organisation, your support and membership will result in multiplying benefits. If you game fish I believe it is in your best interest to belong to a TGFA affiliated club.
The Tasmanian Game Fishing Association was originally formed in the mid 1950’s, as the Tasmanian Game Fishing Club, by a few of the Pioneer Game Fishers of the time.
Anglers had been going to sea in ex- commercial fishing boats with the crudest of equipment, catching school sized Southern Bluefin Tuna.
This was long before the commencement of Commercial long-line enterprises from Overseas or Australian flagged boats. The TGFC fished on its own and affiliated with the Game Fishing Association of Australia.
In 1960, with the establishment of the Tuna Club of Tasmania, the TGFC disbanded and was re-born as the Tasmanian Game Fishing Association, representing the Tuna Club and the later formed Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania to the GFAA.
The TGFA has since those days seen the establishment of two more Game Fishing Clubs, at St. Helens and a second Southern Tasmanian based Club, the Southern Gamefish Club.
Membership has grown from humble beginnings to currently have over 600 enrolled adult and junior Members.