The History of the Fremantle Sailing Club Game Fishing Section

The Game Fishing Section was originally formed prior to the existence of the current Fremantle Sailing Club facilities and among the foundation Members were Peter Aspland, Brian Banovich and John Kilpatrick.

The section initially operated using a Fisheries ramp nearby and there were non-major interclub or ‘open’ events organised by the Section.

In 1978, post completion of the present Clubhouse, the same members mentioned above got together over a drink (or three) and during the discussion, it was realised that there was no specific marlin competition being held in Perth local waters by any other Perth based Club.

Thus began the process of formulating a specific marlin competition, modelled on Exmouth’s annual GAMEX Comp, which it is believed all those in the discussion had fished.

In 1978, the Club’s annual marlin game fishing event know ‘Blue Marlin Classic’ was born and to this day, 42 years later, it remains as one of the premier events on the local calendar.