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PGFC Marlin Cup 2018

By on February 9, 2018 | Category: Events,news | No Comments

Sanctioned WAGFA 2108 Tournament

PGFC Marlin Cup PAGE 1  (Click on this to see advertising)

The following information is provided by the PGFC:

The 2018 Bluewater Tackle World Marlin Cup, is to be held in the waters surrounding Rottnest Island on the weekend of 17 and 18 February 2018. A heavy tackle billfish focused event with a minimum line class of 15 kg. With an impressive prize pool and entry to the prestigious Offshore World Championships in Costa Rica on offer, there is no better time to get the big reels out and fish one of WA’s longest running billfish competitions.

This year’s tournament will have a closed species list:

  • Marlin (all species)
  • Broadbill Swordfish
  • All other billfish
  • Tuna (all species)
  • Mackerel (all species)
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi Mahi

All scoring fish need to equal or exceed the relevant line class. Scoring is based on the best aggregate scores for each boat and angler. The Marlin Cup will be awarded to the highest point scoring boat for billfish captures.

This Tournament is sanctioned by The Western Australian Game Fishing Association (WAGFA).  PGFC supports and encourages the tag and release of fish.

  • Briefing Night – Tuesday 13 February 2018 at Bluewater Tackle World Myaree
  • Saturday Night Dinner and Score Update – Saturday from 19:00 at the Karma Rottnest Lodge, Rottnest Island. Some great prizes and awards on offer.
  • Presentation Night – Tuesday 20 February at the RPYC Annex Fremantle.

Pens at the Rottnest Fuel Jetty have been reserved for competitors – please contact the Tournament Committee for availability.

This event is a standalone event, however points earned will be included towards the PGFC Club Championship for Club members.

For further information refer to attached PDF file

PGFC Marlin Cup 2018 (Click on this for full information) 

First 1000lb blue marlin caught in Australia.

By on January 9, 2018 | Category: news | No Comments

 The following information was supplied to WAGFA as a request via the Exmouth Game Fishing Club, which allowed the use of the Club gantry, to weigh the fish

History was made on Jan 1st 2018 with Captain Eddy Lawler from Peak Sportfishing!

Date: Jan 1st
Captain: Eddy Lawler
Boat: Black Marlin
Angler: Clay Hilbert
Line Class: 60kg
Method: Switched off a Bonze Violator
Weight: 494.3kg = 1089.7lb
Congratulations to the crew.

Special thanks to all the volunteers that helped out at the EGFC on the night of weighing. In particular, Mark Hourn, Anna Passsmore, Maarit Mossman, Scott Owens, Deb Foster and Matt Gates.
Special thanks to Phil from Exmouth Freight and Logistics for helping with the crane!

Eddy has tagged over 1000 billfish with The Billfish Foundation and many hundreds of billfish with NSW fisheries over the few years he has been fishing in Exmouth. We have had a few recaptures recently as well, which is great. Last week Eddy and others satellite tagged fish too. Exmouth Game Fishing Club has won top tagging club in Australia more than once, which is a great effort in this remote location. From this capture, we will gain more information on these species and we believe in highlighting the positives of recreational fishing to help others learn, respect and appreciate the ocean and fish within it.  This fish will be used for years to come! It will be used for research and education and be available for visitors to the region to view and grasp the size of fish out there. (Especially those people who can’t go out in the ocean!)

Grander 3 Grander 2 Grander 1 Exmouth Grander gantry small for web

Acknowledgement: Some of the photos illustrated have been provided by Peak SportFishing Adventures 


New GFAA WAGFA Junior Co-ordinator

By on November 9, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments

News to all Clubs.

We welcome and congratulate Jason Hornhardt from the King Bay Game Fishing Club who has recently been appointed as the State Junior Coordinator.

We all wish Jason every success and support him in embracing his new role. 

We also would encourage all associated Clubs and members to share their thought and ideas with Jason so that he might further develop a greater platform for encouraging juniors to join in the activities of our sport by correctly introducing them to not only the rules governing the activity but also, to the conservation ideals of all game fishing bodies.  This includes the Game Fishing Association of Australia together with the world governing body, the International Game Fishing Association. 

GFAA Junior Tournament Auction

By on October 3, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments


“So finally the GFAA Junior Tournament Auction site is open for business.”


Just click on the link below to access the auction and start bidding.


Keep Australia Fishing – Labor Greens plot to Lock You Out!

By on October 3, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments

Labor Greens plot to Lock You Out!

We understand that the Labor – Greens are plotting with the multinational anti-fishing organisations to overthrow the Government’s recent Marine Park plans and replace it with their own. Rumours are that they have been pacing the corridors of Parliament in Canberra leveraging support for their plot.

Though the Government’s plans are not perfect, they do provide a better balance between having world class marine protection on one hand and considering key stakeholders like recreational fishers on the other. Importantly, we can still access the majority of our iconic fishing spots around our nation.
We have learnt that the Labor Greens are scheming to have the Government’s plans overthrown and replaced by the “Labor – Greens Plan’ – also known as the Burke Plan. The Burke plan will lock you out of vast areas where we used to be able to fish (over 1.3 million square kilometres) and then we will have to share the area that is left with concentrated industrial scale fishing activities including super trawlers.

Help us stop the Labor Greens plan by supporting our petition on our website.

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Rule Changes July 2017

By on July 6, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments

GFAA Rules committee.
27 May 2017

Proposal for alteration to the Australian Record Requirements.
P61 2017 Journal

Under Categories:
Saltwater, Freshwater, Saltwater Fly, Freshwater Fly & Land-based S/W.
#4 on all the above.

Small Fry – persons who have not attained the age of 11 years.

Add in to follow on with:
A Small Fry can not claim a junior record but may claim men’s or women’s & all tackle records if eligible.

Rational –
To bring in line with IGFA requirements on junior & small fry records. The anglers are limited to their respective category, based on their age at the time of capture.

To become effective as of July 1st 2017.

Peter Babarskas
GFAA rules committee chair.

Radio Communications Abrolhos Islands

By on June 8, 2017 | Category: news,WAGFA | No Comments

In the light of a number of serious incidents in the Islands of the Abrolhos recently, we at Geraldton Marine Rescue are trying to raise awareness regarding radio communications from the Abrolhos islands to the mainland. In conjunction with DFES and WAVMR we operate and monitor two Marine VHF radio repeaters – one on Rat Island (Channel 81) and another on the Moresby Range (Channel 82). The accompanying Chart shows the nominal range of these. We monitor these from Geraldton on a 24/7 basis.

We also encourage all visitors to the Islands to log their trips with us – this considerably shortens response time should assistance be required and also confirms that communications equipment is operating correctly.

We also broadcast Local Waters Forecasts 3 times per day at 07:15, 12:15 & 16:15 hours. Our 24/7 emergency telephone contact number is 0427 643 543

Please share this information with all mariners.

Ian Beard
Communications Officer
Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group

Click on PDF below for more information and map:

Geraldton VMR Radio Coverage Chart


By on February 14, 2017 | Category: news,WAGFA | No Comments

The GFAA Rules committee is pleased to announce the following changes to the GFAA Rules effective immediately, following IGFA’s acceptance of changes to their rules proposed by GFAA.

Changes – GFAA 2017 Journal

P 57


#2 Add in to follow on from the existing rule.

Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.

P 54


(b) Line backing change to Line & Backing.

New 1. The use of backing is permissible.

New 2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five meters of the line directly preceding the double, leader & hook. This section must be comprised of a single homogenous piece of line.

Changes – GFAA Website (




  1. The act of any person touching any part of the leader when striking or hooking a fish.


  1. Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.



(b) Line backing


(1. Backing not attached to the fishing line is permissible with no restrictions as to size or material.

  1. If the fishing line is attached to the backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the two lines. The backing may not exceed the 60kg (130lb) line class and must be of a type of line approved for use in these angling rules.)


  1. The use of backing is permissible.
  2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five meters of the line directly preceding the double, leader & hook. This section must be comprised of a single homogenous piece of line.

 How it came about

The evolution of these changes emanated from a series of workshops, with input from all states, discussing proposed changes to be submitted at an IGFA Rule Conference held in Orlando Florida in July 2016. Those rule changes that were acceptable to IGFA were put to the Annual General Meeting of GFAA in September 2016 where there was unanimous acceptance of the wording to be referred to IGFA. IGFA President Rob Kramer, who was present at the meeting, undertook to expedite the changes through IGFA. In the past week, these GFAA proposed changes have been approved and adopted by IGFA.

The meeting in Orlando was attended by GFAA President Doug Sanderson and GFAA Life Member and IGFA Trustee Neil Patrick, where they received an excellent hearing with a well organised presentation and were viewed as leaders of change.

Contributors to finalising the changes, along with Doug and Neil, were Peter Babarskas – Chairman of the Rules Committee, Peter Cox – Vice President, Treasurer and Rules Committee Member and Peter Coote – GFAA Secretary. 

Acton required

Please ensure these changes are conveyed to all clubs and affiliated members. Any queries should be directed to Peter Babarskas at . Changes in the website will be made immediately, and the 2018 Journal will include the corrections.


Weigh-master Preparation Course now available

By on December 11, 2014 | Category: news,WAGFA | No Comments

The weigh master preparation course is now available to complete online. This course is designed to encourage members to take a self paced approach to learning the ropes of game-fishing, and if interested, become and accredited weigh-master. Not finalised yet, we would welcome your  feedback.

CLICK HERE to start

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