About the Club

Welcome to the Ross Island Website

Club History



The Ross Island Amateur Angling Club is the oldest surviving Reef Fishing Club in Townsville, and one of the oldest in Queensland. Founded on the 28th September 1959 it thrives today, despite the demise of other clubs and the increasing competition for recreational time, that has taken place over the past 50 years. (Townsville once sported seven deep sea fishing clubs.) There were and still are some estuary and sportfishing clubs.

The club owns it’s own boat, The Holly J.  The boat sleeps twelve members in bunks, that being the maximum crew on any one trip.

HOLLY J has modern navigation aids namely GPS navigation, Auto-pilot, depth sounders and radar. As well, a galley, with gas cooktop, microwave oven and assorted pots, pans, plates and cutlery. Safety equipment consists of a twenty man self-deploying life raft, lifejackets, marine radio, radar and satellite EPIRB. She also carries a small aluminium tender.


The Ross Island Amateur Angling Club (Rossies) is a social fishing club. It was originally a competitive club, but with the need to conserve fishing stocks and the reef, the club has embraced a new direction.

Fishing now is secondary to going out on the boat and having a good time with fellow fishers. Anchoring on the reef has given way to drift fishing in order to minimise coral damage.  The boat is only anchored at night on “rubble fields”, away from the reef to fish for “reds”. Fishing is in accordance with the rules set out by GBRMA and the Department of Fisheries and strictly adhered to when fishing.

The club conducts raffles to help defray trip costs, meet boat maintenance needs and administer the club. Raffles are conducted as follows:

Sunday at 4.30 pm
Sunday at 6pm & Tuesday at 6pm

Thursday at 6.00 pm

Seaview Hotel, The Strand
The Bohle Barn Hotel, Bruce Highway
The Royal Hotel, Stagpole St. West End

All members are strongly encouraged to support the raffles and fundraising, by being part of the team and attending.

Meetings are held at the Royal Hotel on every third Thursday of the month after the Raffles-usually about 7 pm.

The club has two major, organized functions each year. The first is the Annual Awards Presentations held in March/April. This is a great evening where members and their partners sit down to a formal dinner consisting of Seafood, hot dishes and dessert. Drinks are provided by the club. The fishing exploits of members are recognized at this event.

A Christmas breakup completes the year. This is a more casual event with seafood a BBQ and club funded Christmas cheer.


If you decide to join the club, please phone the following or just ask any member for an application form

President  Peter Everingham 0402466642

Secretary Paul Dyer 0439 218 235

Treasurer  Gavin Mackney 0450964834

Costs to join are as follows:

  • $100.00 one off joining fee

  • $100.00 Annual subscription – paid annually

  • $75.00 trip deposit fee

The trip deposit fee is retained by the club until you terminate your memebrship at which point it will be refunded. The purpose of the fee is to ensure members turn up for a booked trip or cancel off the trip according to club rules. Failure to do so will see the fee forfeited. A new fee has to then be paid before a member can book on to another trip.

To book on to a trip members ring the Fishing Warehouse on Duckworth St (07 47798399) and ask for your name to be put on the trip sheet. Trip sheets are put in when the weather is good and a skipper is available to take the boat. Trips go on the weekend and during the week, skipper and weather being favourable.

Cost for a trip is $150.00 for members. This  covers a full day of fishing and two nights. The club also provides bait, but all other alternative bait, food and fishing equipment has to be provided by members.

On joining the club, new members will be provided with a club constitution and bylaws booklet.

For any questions please fill in the contact form on the home page to contact the clubs secretary