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Peter Goadby OAM

Bio from Peter’s induction into the 2006 Cairns Game Fishing Hall of Fame.

Peter Goadby certainly needs no introduction to game fishermen around the world. He is one of the best known modern angler/authors in the world. His various books and innumerable articles on game fishing are famous throughout the Australian and international angling community.

Peter’s involvement with Cairns in fact predates the first black marlin captures on rod and reel by many years. Following several exploratory expeditions in the 1950’s along the Reef up to Lizard Island, Peter predicted in Athel D’Ombrain’s landmark book “Game Fishing off the Australian Coast” in 1957 that ……”Cairns will produce the best fishing to be had anywhere in Australian seas. There is an immense, almost untouched, potential of game fish from here to New Guinea”.

During the development and subsequent maturing of the Cairns fishery, Peter was a regular visitor and participant and he wrote extensively about the fishing to be had and provided a vast amount of publicity and support for the region through his books, magazine articles and personal contact with vast number of Australian and overseas anglers. His interest and involvement in the game fish tag and release programs is well recorded and long standing.

  • Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 2005
  • Cairns Game Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee 2006.
  • IGFA Hall of Game 2004.

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