Ron Cox with a few nice Mangrove Jack 413 x 600The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club was established in 1998 with only eight members and has enjoyed a very progressive growth. The club presently has over 100 members including men, women, school children, families, retirees and persons with disabilities. The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club is a not for profit organisation based on friendship, having fun and promoting the pleasure and benefits of recreational fishing to all members of the community irrespective of age and fishing ability with our junior members receiving tuition from the knowledge and experience of senior members.

The Club’s objectives include increasing the recognition and important health benefits to all members of our community by participating in recreational fishing. Recreational fishermen are aware and mindful of the need for sustainability and management of fish stocks. The Club is involved actively in managing, protecting, and improving the marine environment and we recognise our significant business community that supports fishing, boating, education and tourism within our region.

The club annually host two Junior Fishing Day events for up to 25 juniors from 7-15 years of age. Members teach the juniors how to tie knots, rig a rod, casting, baiting and fishing. We also support our community members and other volunteer groups by participating and sharing any assets or events that are of interest and mutual benefit.
Our organisation readily support other not for profit groups including Coastguard Tin Can Bay, Sailability, Cooloola Coast Medical Transport, Cooloola Coast Care and the Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Group. Our organisation is a member of the Cooloola Coast Local Disaster Management Group and our building is used as the Communication Base in Tin Can Bay during any Disaster. We are also involved as co-ordinators during the Annual Clean Up Australia Day Event.

The club organises and holds monthly fishing competitions and members also participate in annual inter club fishing competitions. The club members enjoy regular outings to Borumba and Boondooma Dams to catch Red Claw Crayfish, Bass, Yellowbelly and Saratoga and planned fishing days.  We also schedule workshop and training days throughout the year with guest speakers providing information and updates to members about the location of green and restricted zones.

From our base in Tin Can Bay, the area that we cover is from Burrum Heads in the North, then South to Hervey Bay, Rainbow beach and to the waters East of Fraser Island. We also cover a radius of 400 kilometres to the inland waterways including Borumba and Boondooma Dams in the West.

The club maintains close friendship with many other fishing clubs within our region including Wondai, Burrum Heads, River Heads, Toogoom, Hervey Bay and the Maroochydore RSL Fishing Club.

In 2014, the Gympie Regional Council provided our club with a lease on a 1730 square metre block of land at 33 Dolphin Avenue, Tin Can Bay. The Club has built a 10m X 7m Colourbond Building which is now the new Club House.

In January 2016, builders have constructed a toilet/amenities block for members and visitors. The club has recently had a kitchen installed in our building with both electricity connected to our site and solar panels installed on the building.

In July 2018, the Club completed the building of a Colourbond Storage Shed which will provide safe storage for the fundraising trailer, eskies, shelving, lawn mowers, gardening and ancillary equipment. The new storage building now provides an excellent facility that will assist members, juniors and visitors during workshop and training days. Club members have carried out extensive landscaping surrounding the buildings including the planting of many shrubs and trees and ornamentals.

The Club’s Executive Committee and members would like to acknowledge and thank the Gympie Regional Council, the Queensland Government and the Federal Government for the assistance and support that has been provided to our organisation. We would also like to thank our many sponsors for their support and assistance that has enabled our club to grow and to further assist our local community and other volunteer groups. 

2019 was another very busy year for the Club, successful grant funding enabled the club grounds and facilities to be greatly improved, and as always, we are thankful to our hard working and enthusiastic members.

COVID-19 saw a lot of our 2020 Meetings and Events postponed, however the Club has managed, despite the restrictions, to keep our Members informed as to the requirements for Recreational Boating and gatherings.   The Club has also kept an eye on vulnerable members of our community during this difficult time.

The Club has been successful in receiving Grant Funding in 2020 which has been put to great use to improve security, the Club grounds, and the Clubhouse itself.

Keep a look out for us at the Tin Can Bay Markets, which are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, where members are more than willing to answer questions about fishing and other information about our local area.

We always welcome enquiries and new members, please contact the Secretary either by phone – 0437 242171 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.

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Next Meeting:

General Meeting: 4:00 pm Wednesday 16th June 2021
At our Clubhouse, 33 Dolphin Ave, Tin Can Bay.
Visitors Welcome

Letters of Appreciation

My partner Brodie and I were considering buying a second-hand boat but were inexperienced in these matters. On contacting the Tin Can Bay Fishing Club for some advice, we were put in touch with a member who was willing to take us out in the boat to give us some firsthand experience and advice. Read more...