Black Marlin Record from 1969

A 1,124-pound record from Cairns still stands today

black and white image of largest black marlin
Angler Edward Seay landed this record black fishing out of Cairns, Australia, with Capt. Snooks Fuller.Courtesy IGFA

It has been nearly a half-century since New Zealand angler Edward Seay caught this massive 1,124-pound black marlin on October 31, 1969, to set the men’s 50-pound-test line-class world record.

Fishing out of Cairns, Australia, aboard Lucky Strike with Capt. Snooks Fuller, Seay needed only 30 minutes to subdue the record fish after it ate a rigged dead bait they were trolling.

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Seay’s historic catch is the longest-standing IGFA black marlin world record to come out of Cairns, and one that helped establish the fishery as one of the world’s premier destinations to target black marlin over 1,000 pounds.