2019 National Game Fishing Titles

Welcome to the 2019 GFA National Game Fishing Titles 

Welcome all anglers and visitors to the 44th GFAPNG National Game Fishing Titles to be held in Port Morebsy, Papua New Guinea 12th – 22nd April 2019, where Sports Fishing has a great future.

Our annual GFAPNG National Titles allows competitors to meet every year in our sport’s hot spots of Lae, Rabaul, Madang and Port Moresby rotationally. The respective Clubs and their teams always go above and beyond in hosting this prestige event. This takes commitment in time and effort plus the financial resources to get the job done. 2019 sees the event hosted by the Port Moresby Game Fishing Club.

Without sponsors and local supporters, this event would not happen. The GFAPNG has ‘cornerstone’ naming sponsors for the National Game Fishing Titles, and this year I am very proud to announce Global celebrates 20 years as a Naming Sponsor. Global’s commitment to the sport, financial and shoreside assistance has been nothing short of tremendous. It has been a sterling effort!

Congratulations and thank you to Andrew Edwards and his team at Global for your ongoing fine contribution to sports fishing in PNG.

We also welcome back South Pacific Brewery, and for the first time, Trakpro, as Naming Sponsors.

To all our other sponsors, too many to mention here, we thank you, and look forward to a great Titles this year.

To all those competing in this years event, Tight Lines & Screaming Reels!

Bob Howden
President GFAPNG

 

A Message from the Port Moresby Game Fishing Club President

On behalf of the Port Moresby Game Fishing Club and committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all anglers, family, supporters and guests to the 44th GFAPNG National Game Fishing Titles, one of Papua New Guinea’s most prestigious and longstanding sporting events.

This year has been gearing up to be one of the biggest Titles to date – preparation has been running for six months to cater for the big numbers of fishos that will descend on our nation's capital; with everyone eager to jump on board and get in on the action, it’s going to be off the hook!

I would firstly like to thank all of the returning, and new businesses that have come aboard with sponsorship this year; we are extremely grateful to Global for their ongoing commitment and support, as this marks their 20th year sponsoring the PNG National Titles. This year also happens to mark the Port Moresby Game Fishing Clubs 50th anniversary; which we will be celebrating throughout and following the tournament. 

Our Clubhouse has been recently renovated, with the area now closed in and air-conditioned; ensuring that ice-cold beer tastes even better when anglers return from a long day out on the water. We’re probably a little bias, but we believe ours is the best Clubhouse in the South Pacific – it is now truly a great platform to run events such as the National Game Fishing Titles.

Port Moresby's fishing is some of the best in the country. This season has seen between 30 – 50 fish caught a day during our regular club competitions. We have a FAD program which incorporates new hull shaped buoys for less surface drag – two of these are to be trialed on our second shelf in 2000m of water; they will surely bring the giant billfish up from the deep. 

The PMGFC, together with the GFAPNG and our naming sponsors Global, South Pacific Brewery and Trakpro look forward to welcoming visitors, anglers, spectators and guests to Port Moresby in April, and wish all competitors the best of luck! Flat seas, and tight lines!

Make sure you visit our Facebook page for regular updates on the 2019 National Game Fishing Titles, and all things fishing.

Matt Brutnall 
PMGFC President