History of the Broken Bay Game Fishing Club


ORIGINS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

The Broken Bay Game Fishing Club was established on April 18, 1961 by a group of boat owners and anglers from Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River system who believed that there was room in Sydney for a second Club to cover the northern part of Sydney (The Sydney Game Fishing Club had been formed in 1952).

The driving force behind this fledgling operation was Sid Walsh who became the first Club President assisted by Dr Jim Delohery and Wally Messenger as Vice Presidents with seven committeemen. The first Annual General Meeting was held at Chatswood on September 28, 1961.

After much consideration and debate, a modern weigh station and gantry was erected at the public wharf at Palm Beach, a position that was eminently suitable as members vessels came from widely scattered anchorages.

On December 19, 1966 the Club was incorporated and became a company with licensed premises being obtained at 43 Falcon Street, Crows Nest. This licensed Club continued until 1977 when increased operating costs and reduced patronage made it financially unviable. The aim of the Club had always been to establish premises on Pittwater and a decision was made to liquidate the assets of the Falcon Street premises and establish a new Club - The Broken Bay Game Fishing Club Limited without a Liquor License. 

Obtaining premises on the foreshores of Pittwater was difficult and the Club experienced a nomadic existence over the ensuing decade. General meetings were held in various establishments and the weigh station moved from Palm Beach to several sites in Bayview before its permanent and current location on the fuel wharf at the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Newport. 

This association with the R.M.Y.C. had been developing strongly over the years and the ideals and ethics of the two Clubs seemed to be a perfect fit with synergies available to both entities. In 1988, an extraordinary General Meeting saw a proposal put to our Members and a unanimous vote saw the Broken Bay Game Fishing Club become the Game Fishing Division of the R.M.Y.C. Broken Bay. 

During the past two decades as a Division of the RMYC Broken Bay the Club has continued to prosper and maintain its dominance competitively as one of the larger game fishing clubs within Australia with unrivalled member facilities. The Club’s annual Broken Bay Invitational Tournament was first run in 1993. Held during mid-March, it has grown to be the largest and most successful Club sponsored game fishing event in Australia with sponsorship and prize value in excess of $130,000. The tournament is second only to the NSW Interclub held at Port Stephens during the last weekend of February and the first weekend of March. 

Broken Bay GFC, during the past 46 years has established itself as the most consistent and most successful club in the NSW Interclub competition with an impressive 19 Champion Club awards (15 Capture and 4 Tag & Release) and 12 Runner-up Champion Club awards (8 Capture & 4 T&R). In addition individual Club members hold several State, Australian and World capture records.