1964 As early as 1964 efforts were made to formulate a Game Fishing Club in Exmouth. Personalities like Dr. Carl Georgeff, Col. J Ken Murdoch and Ian Quartermaine were amongst the pioneers of Game Fishing in Exmouth.
1969 saw the first annual fishing competition incorporated with the town’s celebration of Gala Week, held in August/September school holidays. In November of that year Messrs. JK Murdoch, REN Jones, J Newton, C Coles, J Fitzhardinge and Dr. C Georgeff formed the steering Committee of Exmouth Game Fishing Club. Two boat ramps were constructed. One at Town Beach and the other at Tantabiddi. Ablution facilities were built at both areas and weigh-in gantries erected, the one in Exmouth being located at Norcape Lodge. In 1971 a set of 10 hundredweight (1120lb) scales was donated to the Club by Garrick Agnew and in possibly 1978 a set of 100kg scales was donated by John Econimo, Manager of Norcape Lodge.
1974 Exmouth Game Fishing Club went into semi-recess due to members of the steering Committee leaving the area, however, the annual fishing competition was kept running through the agency of the Exmouth Tourist Bureau involving such names, to mention a few, as Messrs. R Hedgcock, Col. JK Murdoch, Lt. R Mummery, K Graham, A Cole, G Clark, R Atkinson, J Agiro, T Keenan, K Carfrae, R Connell, D Richards, P Green, J Hallworth, P Sartori, K Bayliss & Mesdames Clark, L Horak & K Stewart.
1977In October 1977 a group of keen game fishermen including John Hallworth, Jim Gherardi, Bruce Stronach, Des Ryan and Kathy Ryan met at Wally Williams residence and re-formulated the Game Fishing Club as we know it today. In that year the fledgling Club worked in conjunction with the Tourist Bureau to run Gamex. The Club Constitution was first printed in December 1977. In 1978 Exmouth Game Fishing Club conducted the Gamex Tournament and registered the name. Since those times other tournaments have evolved to cater for all classes and tastes in game fishing.
2010 The EGFC constructed a clubhouse, located at the Exmouth Marina with spectacular views overlooking the Exmouth Gulf in 2010. It is one of the prime locations in Exmouth. The EGFC host all events and run its Sports Bar & Restaurant from the clubhouse, which is licensed for 350 people. All profits from the clubhouse are returned to the EGFC and its members.
2014 GAMEX 2014 records what is thought to be the largest number of billfish EVER tagged & released in ANY Australian fishing tournament. Across the six days of tournament fishing, 63 competing boats raised 1619 billfish, hooked 1133 and tagged 601.
2015 The EGFC sustained serious damage from cyclones Olwyn and Quang. It took a long time and many hours of volunteer effort to go through the processes to return the club to good operations.
2018 Exmouth was the scene of the first ever official 1000lb+ blue marlin caught in Australian waters. The 494.3kg (1089.7lb) fish caught by angler Clay Hilbert and Captain Eddy Lawler on the vessel Black Marlin with few Riley Smith, Wes Jones, and Leigh & Hayley Freestone was weighed at the EGFC clubhouse on Jan 1st 2018 with Captain Eddy Lawler from Peak Sportfishing. A replica of the fish now resides inside Tackleworld Exmouth on Maley Street, Exmouth.
Present Today the EGFC is amongst the strongest game fishing clubs in the country, constantly setting new state, national and world records thanks to Exmouth's world class sport & game fishing. Join us now to help make history.