About Cairns GFC’s Illustrious Member Memorable Catches Gallery
The club has a proud history and has played host to both world-class records and fishermen since its inception in the early 1960s. Take a walk through history and some of the most significant catches of all time in our illustrious member gallery.
Angler of the Year 1978, Graham Johnston, congratulates Dave Curnock, Angler of the Year 1979, with deckie John Dahl.
Graham Johnston, angler of the year for 1978 landing a 931lb marlin on 80lb line, a very remarkable catches from small boats.
Grander that put Cairns at the front! Also a World Record for Richard Obach, and skipper George Bransford, 25 Sept 1966.
Another angle of Bob Dyer's 1138lb world record black marlin in 1973.
Bob Dyer's (first) 1098lb World Record on 80 in 1972.
513kg (1133lb) black marlin for Dave “Curno” Curnock on Sea Mite on 16 November 1979. Yet another example of big fish in small boats!
The Cairns Connection at IGFA, Dennis "Brazadka" Wallace's induction into the IGFA Hall of Fame.
Pat Gay, Angler of the Year 1971, with his World Record 816lb on 30.
Alex Johnston, Junior World Record, 1093lb, 2006
Garrick Agnew on "Pannawonnica" with a 1417lb horse!
Founding Treasurer, Life Member of the CGFC and GFAA, Ms Daphne Nielsen, who was also CGFC Treasurer for many years.
Australian Record of 1442, angler Mick Magrath, skipper Peter B Wright
Bob Dyer broke his previous 1098lb World Record the very next year with a fish weighing 1138lbs!
A world record 1,560 lb fish caught in August of 1953 off the coast of Cabo Blanco in Peru. The catch still holds the All-Tackle and men's 60 kg (130 lb) line class titles to this day and was caught in a one hour and 45 minute fight.
Colleen Seay, Ladies World Record of 1028 on 80, 29 Oct 1970.Twelve months before, husband Ed Seay set WR on 50 with his 1124 out of 25' "Lucky Strike"
Alex Johnston, Junior World Record tie, 864lb, Capt John Philips
Longstanding (26 years) WR Striped Marlin of 338lb on 20lb. CGFC honourable member.
Peter B Wright presents the well, and successfully,used Dúyfken harness to CGFC President, Graham Johnston, Oct, 2013.
"Buster" May with his 80 lb World Record of 1347lb, with Rick Thistlewaite, Laurie Woodbridge and Bob Barstow. Buster was Angler of the Year in 1976.
Basil Mitchell, first angler to weigh two over 1200lbs.