Cairns unveils marlin statue to commemorate 50th anniversary of first grander

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A LIFESIZED replica statue of the first Australian 1000lb marlin was unveiled in Cairns yesterday to commemorate 50 years since its capture according to a report in the Cairns Post.

The late George Bransford caught the 1064lb (482kg) black marlin on September 25th, 1966 on 80lb test.

The sculpture, valued at $300,000 was designed by marine artist Craig Smith.

Cairns Game Fishing Commemorative Association president Captain Dennis “Brazakka” Wallace said the artwork would become Cairns biggest tourist attraction.

“It’s going to be the biggest attraction in Cairns: there’s no ifs or buts about it. Anyone who wants to argue with me about that, they’ve got their head up their arse,” Wallace said.

The Cairns Black Marlin 50th Anniversary Tournament, kicked off yesterday and runs through until the 30th September.

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