Greenback Fishing Comp a success

Cabarita Beach once again welcomed avid fishing enthusiasts from across the country for the 31st annual Lions ‘Tweed Coast Marine’ Greenback Charity Fishing Competition held over the NSW Queen’s birthday long weekend.  Anglers signed on at 10 am Saturday (9 June)  and hit the water with lines baited, with their Greenback fishing caps on, some showing their colours wearing platinum sponsor madkeen Team NSW and Team QLD fishing shirts, in high hopes of luring the grand prize of the heaviest Tailor. Enthusiastic and exhausted entrants returned with bags of Tailor, Mulloway, Bream, Black Bream, Swallowtail, Tarwhine, Flathead, and Whiting, and plenty of stories, for the official weigh-in which closed at 9am Sunday (10 June).

The Cabarita Beach Surf Club cooked up breakfast for all entrants whilst they waited for the official results of the weigh-in conducted by the Pottsville Fishing Club. With 47 categories to be selected for prizes, the weigh-in circle was very busy.  Even if entrants didn’t win the major prizes, there were 25 entrants ‘lucky draw’ prizes up for grabs, including holidays donated by The Beach Resort, Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, Onsite Fastening Supplies eskies, Anaconda West Burleigh Rods, BCF Ballina Vouchers, Cabarita Cycles voucher, Cabarita Surf package and Alvey packs. The prize pool was over $30,000 dollars.

The Tailor Fishing competition attracted a field of 566 anglers, which was a good turnout with consideration to the weather pattern leading up to the weekend. We had 156 anglers catch a total of 694 fish in four divisions; Mens, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors.  Geoff (Hoss) McGrath won first prize for heaviest Tweed Coast Marine Greenback, weighing in at 3.58 kilos, Geoff took home $1500 in cash and $1500 fishing and camping goods donated by Tweed Coast Marine, Alvey Reels, Anaconda West Burleigh, Wazza’s Bait & Tackle – Pottsville and Stone & Wood.  Mathew Louis won second prize for his Greenback catch, weighing in at 2.76 kilos and Geoff Johannes picked up the new 3rd prize Tailor at 2.440 kilos.

p1Geoff McGrath won 1st prize for heaviest Tweed Coast Marine Greenback, weighing in at 3.58 kg


Geoff (Hoss) McGrath won first prize for heaviest Tweed Coast Marine Greenback, weighing in at 3.58 kilos,   Mathew Louis won second prize for his Greenback catch, weighing in at 2.76 kilos and Geoff Johannes picked up the new 3rd prize Tailor at 2.440 kilos.  With Lion Stan Dawson.
_16A4205Alvey Mens division 1st and Arab Memorial Trophy winner Harrison Taggart with Lion Stan Dawson

Harrison Taggart, a previous Junior winner was this year the Alvey Reels Mens 1st Division winner and also picked up the Arab Memorial Trophy for the heaviest bag overall. Jackie Garbutt pulled in a Mulloway weighing in at a whopping 17.94 kilos and collected the Anaconda West Burleigh Ladies 1st Division and the heaviest Anaconda West Burleigh Mulloway. Mark Bonner a previous Greenback winner picked up the Alvey Seniors 1st Division and Kobe Warlose led the large contingent of juniors for the BCF Ballina juniors 1st Division Prize. Our species winners were:


Anaconda West Burleigh Ladies Division winners Jackie Garbett, Toni Selwood, Barbara Weber with Lion Stan Dawson.

Alvey MENs; Bream – 0.840 Kerry Bussian, Luderick – 1.080 Corey Tully, Dart – 0.660 Shane McAdam-Dunn, Flathead – 0.702 Russell Arundale, Mulloway – 12.70 Brad Rankin, Tarwhine – 1.02 Shane Jarrett and Whiting – 0.380 Jason Hannah.


Alvey MENs species- Kerry Bussian, Corey Tully, Shane McAdam-Dunn, Russell Arundale, Brad Rankin, Shane Jarrett and Jason Hannah with Lion Stan Dawson.

Anaconda West Burleigh LADIES; Bream – 0.735 Nat Reynolds, Dart – 0.560 Barbara Weber, Flathead – 0.365 Tanya Follent, Tailor – 1.665 Jodie Bussian, Tarwhine – 0.395 Brenda Lee Heathcote and Whiting – 0.235 Leisa Thompson and Mulloway – 17.940 Jackie Garbett.


Anaconda West Burleigh Ladies Tailor – 1.665 Jodie Bussian

BCF Ballina JUNIORS; Bream – 0.625 Felicity Newell, Luderick – 0.875 Madi Drescher, Dart – 0.390 Ethan Biddle, Flathead-  0.925 Cooper Karabel, Tailor – 1.205 Corey Bussian, Tarwhine – 0.700 Hayden Alder and Whiting – 0.225 Darcy Lenz.


BCF Ballina JUNIORS; Felicity Newell, Madi Drescher, Ethan Biddle, Cooper Karabel, Corey Bussian, Hayden Alder, Darcy Lenz with Lion Stan Dawson.

Alvey SENIORS; Bream – 0.650 Errol Bonner, Luderick – 0.655 Alan Veselis, Dart – 0.505 Mervyn Pillay, Flathead – 0.995 Ken Knudsen, Tarwhine – 0.830 Mark Bonner and Whiting – 0.430 Bob Mitchell.



Alvey SENIORS; Luderick – 0.655 Alan Veselis and Flathead – 0.995 Ken Knudsen

The day was filled with the inaugural J&K Fowler Building Services Greenback NSW v’s QLD state of origin challenge and the Makers and Finders Market stalls. The madkeen Team NSW and Team QLD shirts were a big success. In the end, NSW won over QLD 4365 points to 2852 points. QLD had more competitors than NSW which was a first. However, the NSW fishers picked up too many large bags. It is worth a mention that in the ladies’ division, QLD were clear winners.  Thanks to Peita Gardiman Makers and Finders Market stalls for creating the market ambiance that supported the Greenback competition family atmosphere.

The fish auction with 108 bags of fresh fish sold, raised $2665. Meat and seafood raffles were conducted by Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association throughout the day.  The Lions Club major raffle was drawn on the day and was won by:

  • First prize – Sue Rasmussen – a $9000 Tweed Coast Marine boat package consisting of a 390 Quintrex Explorer, 30HP Mercury 2 stroke, safety gear and registered trailer.
  • Second Prize – Joshua Howard – a $1500 holiday donated by Big 4 North Star Resort, Hastings Point
  • Third Prize –Patrick Ryan- $500 account donated by Southern Cross Credit Union
  • Fourth Prize – Naomi Willis – Anaconda West Burleigh $250 Voucher

The final tally raised from the event will be announced at the presentation night on the 18 July, and all funds raised will be donated to the Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association, Tweed Palliative Care, Lions Disaster Relief Fund, Bogangar & Pottsville Public Schools, Cudgen Rural Fire Service, Raiders Football Club and Pottsville Fishing Club.

The Lions Greenback Management Team would like to thank the members of the Lions Club of Cabarita Beach Pottsville Beach (to all Lions with major efforts by Linder, Laura and Ian), and the volunteers from the Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association (Daniel Benson), Bogangar (Sonita Hintz) & Pottsville (Mel Granger) Public Schools, Cudgen Rural Fire Service (Trevor Bird & Gary Rowland),  Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Pottsville Fishing Club, Raiders Football Club (Darren Bates), Southern Cross Credit Union (Luke Carter), Community Members (Melissa and Nathan Peronis, Lion Margaret Miller), MC Keith Nowlan, Auctioneer Mark McCabe and Photographer Sally Hinton, for their hard work and effort to ensure that the 2018 Tweed Coast Marine Greenback Fishing Competition (A Project of the Lions Club of Cabarita Beach Pottsville Beach) was another huge success.

Sponsors and their representatives also participated in the event and some did well in catching a fish or two and prize. Our major prizes were supported by Tweed Coast Marine, Alvey fishing gear, Gary Howard rods, Anaconda West Burleigh and BCF Ballina fishing, camping goods and vouchers. Other prizes were donated by Stone & Wood, Wazza’s Bait & Tackle, NSW and QLD Fishing Monthly and The Beach Resort Cabarita.  Our local media significantly supported the Greenback, our thanks goes to Big Country Radio, Fishing Monthly, PRIME7 Media Group & SOLPROM Advertising, Tweed Daily News, Tweed Valley Weekly, Nugget Outdoors and BOAT Gold Coast.

The Lions Greenback Management Team would also like to thank our many supporters and sponsors. Our supporters madkeen, O’Connors Murwillumbah, Tweed Skips, Tweed Bait, Solo Resource Recovery, Cabarita Beach Hotel, Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, J&K Fowler Building Services, Southern Cross Credit Union, Local Search, Heyden Signs, Ray White Cabarita, Shackells Transport, Chempro Chemist, Hayes Toyota, All Engines Repairs, Pottsville Tavern, Perry Homes, Hardy’s Haulage, Curl Creative, First National  Pottsville, Summit Press, Tweed Coast Real Estate and Cabarita Bowls & Sports Club  all providing sponsorship, infrastructure and logistics assistance.  The Greenback would not be possible without your generous contributions and donations of cash and prizes.

Many of our Bronze supporters helped with advertising the event. Without the support of all of our local Bait and Tackle providers spreading the Greenback call about the competition would be difficult, so our thanks go to the following supporters; Pottsville Bait & Tackle, Wazza’s Bait & Tackle, Daves Bait Shop Ballina, Ballina Bait & Tackle, BP Hastings Point, Shell Chinderah, Freedom Fuels  Kingscliff, Bobs Bait & Tackle (Tweed), Tweed Tackle & Marine, Doug Burt’s Tackle world, Gold Coast Fishing Tackle, Hastings Point General Store, Sporty’s Fishing and Tweed River Boat Hire.

A complete update of the Greenback competition results can be found  at

Anyone interested in sponsoring next year’s event or interested in joining the Lions Club, please phone Stephen (0421052135) or email We look forward to supporting the event next year (8-9 June 2019) for the 32nd Greenback Charity Fishing Competition.

Greenback Management Team
Stephen Duffield & Stan Dawson


Titanium Sponsor Tweed Coast Marine Dan Andrews with The Greenback Management Team Lion Stephen Duffield and Lion Stan Dawson.


Event Managers note: When I was asked by Stan back on the 12/8/2017 “Would I help him?” I said, “sure I will look at some options”. I gave him my thoughts on paper 14/8/2017. Within a month a detailed proposal was on the Lions Board agenda along with my Lions Membership. Here we had, two guys with Parkinson’s, about to commit the next 9 months running a fishing competition, steep with 3o years of history.  For me, everything takes 3 times as long, I cant sit for long periods of time, meetings are challenging, I no longer can drive and I am a one hand typist. Stan is a energetic 90 year old, that never stops coming up with ideas, that we would debate for days on.   The 1st gate was to get Lions Board approval. I wanted to do a survey, make changes (ending 1pm on Sunday, starting early on Saturday, wear State of Origin tops, entry prices affordable, early bird, change the borders, make use of social media and go on-line, compliance rules, prizes to be fishing related only etc). That was when the history side played its role, but we got through it.  Then we had to have a major sponsor or the comp would be a no-go.  I recall the day that Mercury and Tweed Coast Marine made contact, This was a first for Greenback, so now there was no turning back, and our lives would change for the next 8 months until that long weekend in June called Greenback. This year we also invested in some new infrastructure, signs, and software that was needed to run the comp in the online world. There were many first’s from a high take-up of online registrations, we had more QLD entries than NSW and we had a significant amount of First-timers, which is a very healthy sign for the future of the Greenback competition.

To be honest it was one huge Roller Coaster Ride and it is still going, looking forward to when the ride stops.  I have met so many great people, fishers, competitors and sponsors from QLD and NSW.  I have received a lot of positive feedback, and I always tried to ensure that the entrants, supporters and sponsors had a fast response to any question, issue that they may have had.  It certainly wasn’t all smooth sailing. So far the feedback would suggest that everyone had an enjoyable time, some more than others when it came to catching a fish or two.  I would have liked to have had more entries, but that week before Greenback, the weather wasn’t as good as it could have been, so no doubt that may have held a few back.  They tell me that Greenback success is measured by ‘happy entrants’: Did they leave happy and had a great time?  Judging by the feedback I would say the event was a success 🙂  There are going to be some challenges to keeping the Greenback Competition alive in future years.

I now look forward to supporting the Greenback weekend in 2019.

/ Stephen