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On the 25th of September 1966, American crewman, Richard C. Obach fishing on a crew day with Captain George Bransford on his game fishing vessel "Sea Baby 1" caught a large black marlin off Euston Reef, approximately 30 nautical miles from Cairns. This marlin, weighing 1,064 pounds was caught using 80 pound (37 kg) line. It turned out to be a new world record, eclipsing the old mark of 871 pounds and the first marlin ever caught on rod and reel over 1,000 pounds using 80 pound line.
The capture of this fish put Cairns on the world game fishing map, and was the commencement of international tourism that Cairns is now famous for. Since that day, tens of thousands of anglers have enjoyed the fishing in the Cairns region, injecting in excess of 60 million dollars annually into the local economy. Bob and Dolly Dyer, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman are just a few of the well known personalities who have fished for the Black Marlin in Cairns. Boat and engine manufacturers, equipment suppliers, tackle shops, maintenance services, service providers, airlines and hotels are just some of the businesses that have benefited directly from this industry. The flow on benefits to other related business and individuals also runs into tens of millions of dollars annually.

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