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Submissions before 31 March, 2016
The Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association is calling for nominations for the Cairns Game Fishing Hall of Fame. This Hall of Fame is a memorial to individuals, living or deceased, who contributed to the development of the sport in Cairns.
Five individuals were inducted in the inaugural ceremony held in 2006, staged to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first grander black marlin caught in Cairns. That 482.62kg (1064lb) black was landed on 37kg tackle by Richard Obach while fishing with pioneering Captain George Bransford aboard Sea Baby on September 25, 1966. The catch ignited the passion of anglers around the world and initiated a flood of interest in Cairns and the remarkable marlin fishing it offered. Much of what the city has become was initiated by the business and promotion flowing from the giant black marlin fishery.
In preparation for another huge celebration marking the 50th anniversary of this historic catch to be held in late 2016, nominations are now sought for individuals considered worthy of recognition. This will be judged according to their extraordinary personal or professional achievements and contributions to the development or promotion of Cairns gamefishing over many years.
Nominations should describe in detail the contributions of the nominee.
Please email your submissions to, or mail addressed to The Chairman, Cairns Hall of Fame Awards, CPGFA, PO Box 5722, Cairns, QLD 4870.
All submissions must include the name and contact details of the person making the nomination.