Giant Black Marlin

1980 – 1982

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.

1983 – 1984

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.

1978 Angler of the Year

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.

Tag & Release Program

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.

1969 – 1970

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.