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Snapper Championship
Family Festival
Fri 25th - Sun 27th March
Sat 26th - Sun 27th March

Enter Competition (open Monday 4th Jan)

About the 2016 Championship and Family Festival

Start planning your trip to Whyalla for the 25th anniversary of the Whyalla Snapper Championship. This three-day Snapper fishing festival is held every year over the Easter long weekend in Whyalla, on the beautiful Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Bring the whole family down to join in the Family Festival that will also run Sat-Sun of the competition with great kids’ entertainment, market stalls, food and live music. The competition attracts hundreds of visitors and locals to take part in what is an iconic annual event for the region.

Winners are grinners

Championship trophy and bragging rights go to the heaviest snapper caught. Various other categories are also awarded for those who don't catch the elusive Big Red. More focus this year will be on random draw categories with big prizes not to be missed; you need to be in it to win it!

Get the kids fishing!

We love to see junior competitors get involved and encourage anyone 16 and under to also enter in the junior category and win some great prizes. Submit your fishing photos to see them uploaded to the official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Prizes galore!

Support from our sponsors this year has been great, with the overall prize pool including thousands of dollars’ worth of fishing equipment, camping gear, fishing magazine subscriptions, and airline tickets.

Key dates

Early-bird tickets are available online from Monday 4 Jan – Fri 26 Feb 2016, so be sure to get in quick to qualify for the discount. Full price tickets are available from Sat 27 Feb – Tue 22 Mar 2016. After this time, late entries will be payable in cash at the event on Thurs 24 Mar from 5.00 – 9.00pm. Please be aware it takes time to process your entry onsite and you will need to return Friday 25 Mar between 6.00-7.00am (or before you start fishing) to collect your competitors pack.

Anything you can do these girls can do better

We’ve had some amazing entries from female competitors the last few years and hope to see that continue in 2016. The special Females Only category will be back to encourage our female competitors to get out there and have a go.

Accommodation options

Great accommodation options are available with our 2016 Accommodation Partners. Check out Whyalla Caravan Park or Discovery Holiday Parks Whyalla Foreshore for some great rates and specials.

Whyalla Caravan Park are offering competitors the chance to WIN BACK YOUR STAY to the value of $400.00. Contact Debbie and Peter at the park for full details Freecall 1800 828 012. Also, if you book your accommodation at the Whyalla Caravan Park during the Early-bird ticket sales (Jan 4th – Feb 26th) you receive 10% off your stay!

Regular updates on social media

Throughout the competition, and in the months leading up to, regular updates will be posted on Facebook and Instagram. This is the best place to receive updates on what’s happening, share your catch of the day photos, and read great tips and tricks. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out.

Please respect our volunteers

Both the Snapper Championship and Family Festival are run mainly by the generous support of local volunteers. The event could not operate without this dedicated team and we thank them for their time. If you are interested in volunteering please get in contact with the event coordinator at susan.kettle@whyalla.sa.gov.au today.

We love our sponsors!

A big thank-you goes out to all our 2016 sponsor and partners of the event. Without the support and generosity of these great businesses the event would not be possible. Thanks to Spot On Sportfishing Whyalla, Shimano, QantasLink, Southern Cross Austereo, Classic Hits 5AU / Magic FM, Whyalla Mt Laura Lions Club, Rex Regional Express, WDD Office Choice, Whyalla News, Cleanaway, Coates Hire, Scholz Transport Services, Fishing SA Magazine, OZ Minerals, Eddie Hughes MP, Fishing World Magazine, Des’s, Westland Shopping Centre, Harrys’ Camping Supplies, McDonalds Whyalla, Signarama Whyalla

A special thanks goes out to the Spot On Sportfishing Whyalla family; Pauline, David and Wes Jones for their commitment and dedication to this event over the past 11 years, since first coming on board in 2005.