Huge Broadbill Swordfish caught in eastern Victoria

By on June 8, 2018 | Category: news | No Comments

A giant broadbill has been caught near Mallacoota in Victoria by some fishermen that are members of the Ulladulla Game fishing Club.

CLICK HERE to view the story and interview with Peter Babarskas (GFAA nad WAGFA) Records Officer

Marlin tag maps for the Gulf Tag and WA tags

By on April 14, 2018 | Category: news | No Comments

From: Samuel Mackey Williams          Date: 7/04/2018 1:20:06 PM

Attached are the tag maps for the Gulf Tag and WA tags. There have been issues with getting daily position estimates from the geotags which I am currently discussing with the manufacturer. Until this can be overcome the attached tag/pop-up maps are all that can be produced. The table below contains the corresponding meta data. There are also three WA tags that are yet to report to the satellite.


Tag Serial Number




Est weight

tagging date

release date


tag Lat/long


Blue marlin 1



blue marlin





21’44.915, 113’48.925

 25° 15.180’S, 112° 1.020’E

Blue Marlin 2



blue marlin





21’46.952, 113’44.771

24’07.579, 111’59.137

Gulf Tag



black marlin





13’02.688, 141’11.676

16°01.256′ S,139°53.552′ E

Golf and WA tagsWA blue Satellite tag


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Tagged Marlin Tracking

By on April 10, 2018 | Category: news | No Comments

The attached photos of marlin tracked both in the Gulf and off the WA coast is provided for general information for those who are not already familiar with this news.

Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network

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

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 


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.


Representing the interests of game fishing clubs, and their members in the West.