The 2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic

The 2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic

North Storm® proud sponsors of ADF veterans Team Tooney Fishing

This year North Storm® and Ironside Coffee Co. proudly sponsored a great group of mates who made up the two teams of ‘Team Tooney Fishing’ in the 2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic! We were excited to say the least to be onboard with this great crew. Six anglers made up the two fishing teams, with four of these anglers being Australian Defence Force Veterans. This rang true for us as we at North Storm® have a family member currently serving in the ADF.

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Frankiie geared up and ready go!

Charity of Choice – Swiss 8

As proud veterans and veteran families, both teams chose to represent Swiss 8 at the 2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic. Swiss 8 is a health promotion charity founded by Combat Veterans. They are disrupting the current, reactive, mental health care model and improving it to be more proactive. Simply by giving veterans the tools to improve their mental health once they leave the military and giving them access to an entire veteran community. Click here to donate

Team Tooney Fishing shirts

Team Tooney Fishing shirts in support of Swiss 8

Introducing The Lads

The teams were led by Heath ‘Tooney’ of Team Tooney Fishing, and consisted of Dave ‘The Old Man’, Taula ‘Frankiie’, Dale ‘DB’, Marty ‘Kochie and Joe ‘Jesus’.

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The 2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic Team Tooney Fishing Teams!

Day 1

Everyone was looking the part in their new kit and super keen to hit the water and have a blast. They were fortunate to have some ok weather on the day, with a couple of showers throughout. A tad breezy but not too bad overall.

The first day saw the boys spread across The Gold Coast Broadwater. Despite the odd shower or two they did land quite a few flatties. With that being said the boys lost a few too. Kochi and The Old man managed to drop a MONSTER, they got it right up to the boat and lost it! With an eta size of 75cm+, but I guess we will never know of the one that got away!

Fishing lure stuck in Team Tooneys cap sponsored by North Storm bags

Bloody lucky I had my Von Zipper trucker on! The Old Man almost caught himself a dead set legend! – Tooney

DB and Jesus managed to land quite a few flatties. We heard they also spent a bit of time teaching Frankiie how to use a spin reel. Incredibly he had never used one before and decided the 2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic was the place to do it! Good on him we say for giving it a red hot go.

Fishing with North Storm 30L Waterproof Backpack on the tinny

The boys working their magic – DB and Jesus + 30L North Storm Backpack®

2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic Leaderboard – 430 Angers – 177 Teams

Team 1: 47th

Team 2: 51st

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Points on the board for Day 1 –  Go Team Tooney!

Day 2

Day 2 saw the heavens open up before daybreak, and the boys were hoping it wasn’t going to remain that way throughout the day. Everyone was philosophical about it and in the spirit that is Team Tooney, they decided to make the most of it anyway. After all, this is fishing right? So why let it stop you from having a go at catching one! Plus they had their North Storm® bags to keep their gear dry and their Ironside Coffee Co. to kick them off!

Well the good news was that the bad weather didn’t stick around so the boys managed to land quite a few which was good to hear. Tooney managed to snap a rod and get his Tango Shad lure caught up in the ol Mercury – in true Tooney spirit and a smile on his face we quote ‘Who knew Mercury motors loved Tango Shads?’

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Who knew Mercury Motors loved Tango Shads? – Tooney

Despite the sporadic weather and a broken rod, the boys were still able to catch quite a few flatties in quick succession! Unfortunately they didn’t manage to land any monsters but everyone was enjoying their day out on the Broadwater regardless. They did however get plenty of action and all had a blast! Still one day to go!

Team tooney fishing at the Gold Coast Flathead Classic

Time for quick Team Tooney Team 2 snap by Frankiie

2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic Leaderboard – 430 Angers – 177 Teams

Team 1: 45th

Team 2: 34th

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Can’t catch fish while you’re taking selfies Frankiie! But we do love your get up!

Day 3

Day 3 started out sunny, clear skies and flat seas. The perfect day for fishing. With that being said we can’t lie and say it was easy! This group of lads had more than the typical few on this trip and after catching quite a few flatties, they decided to head back in a wrap up on the last day with a few more cold bevvies.

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Chalking up more points for the team – Koshie


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Its a Flatty Party – Tooney

Tooney’s reflection of the day stating ‘the most memorable moment of the day was the boys got to witness Frankiie catch his first fish on the rod and lure.’ Congratulations Frankiie that in itself is a winner!

Gold Coast Flathead Classic with his first whiting

Frankiie onto his first ever fish on rod and reel! Such a momentous moment! ❤︎

2021 Gold Coast Flathead Classic Leaderboard – 430 Angers – 177 Teams – FINAL DAY RESULTS 

Team 1: 47th Overall

Team 2: 42nd Overall

Best individual angler: DB – 146/430

Longest Whiting: Frankiie – 33cm (only 3cm short of taking the crown!)

he 2021 Gold Coast Fishing Classic!

That’s a wrap on Day 3 of the 2021 Gold Coast Fishing Classic! Good job boys!

Final note from us at North Storm®

Good on you boys for giving it a crack and not only supporting a great cause at Swiss 8 but each other. Thank you for having us be a part of such amazing camaraderie and for showing us that teamwork brings out the best in each other.

From all at North Storm® we wish each and every one of you a lifetime of success, happiness and health so you can continue to spread it onto the people around you.

Cheers for the laughs on the socials and we look forward to coming alongside you again for the 2022 Gold Coast Flathead Classic!

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Team dinner to finish off a great few days. Some of the boys left early and the Old Man had a snooze – Tooney

Follow The Team on Instagram

Heath ‘Tooney’ – @team_tooney_fishing

Taula ‘Frankiie’ – @wataweek_outdoors

Dale ‘DB’ – @db_explores

Marty ‘Kochie’ – @off.track.adventures

Joe ‘Jesus’ – @joeave45

How to become a sponsor of Team Tooney in 2022!

Register your interest by requesting more information via any of the links below:


Instagram: @team_tooney_fishing

Facebook: @teamtooneyfishing

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