Including an account of Jack Erskine who started seriously with 2kg lin and received an Australian Mens record for a 20kg sailfish. In 1982, the heaviest marlin weighed 1236lbs and was caught by Rick Jones of the USA.
The trend each year has been to tag and release and over 800 marlin were allowed to swim again after being caught during the 1983 season. This was the highest number since the start of the tagging program in 1969. Thirty-six black marlin over 1000lbs were weighed. The heaviest was caught by Jack Anderson of Bermuda at 1307lbs.
Graham Johnson, angler of the year for 1978 landing a 931lb marlin on 80lb line.
Big fish small boats – David Curnock christened his boat Sea Mite. Both Graham and Dave’s fish were remarkable catches from small boats.
In 1969 the Cairns Game Fishing Club became actively involved in Tag & Release through the interest of Mr. Athel D’Ombrain of Maitland NSW. The tagging equipment used in the daly years came from the US National Marine Fisheries in La Jolla, California. Later, NSW State Fisheries became active in the program and is now the source of the equipment.
The late Sir Thomas Covacevich with the late Sir Colin Hannah and fish in 1976 to Kay Mulholland with her 575lb black marlin at Lizard Island in 1981.
A list of the 1985 Cairns Professional Marlin Charter Fleet.
1984 / 1985 Club Committee list
The fish that started it all. The first thousand pound black marlin caught off Cairns by Richard Obach on September 25, 1966. The news of this capture spread like wildfire and Cairns soon became the black marlin capital of the world!
More details about the fish that started it all – the thousand pound black marlin caught by Richard Obach on September 25, 1966.
Several more big fish recorded during this period including a black marlin for Eddie Seay on 50lb that weighed 1124lg – a remarkable effort from a small boat and the 10th 1000lb fish caught off Cairns.