A Former Life Member
John Johnston’s significant contributions to recreational angling can be divided into two parts: his fishing achievements and his administrative achievements. As an angler, Johnston is reputed to be the only person, living or dead, to have caught four different species of game fish over 1,000 pounds.
His four Grander's include a 1,212lb Black Marlin off the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia; a 1,076lb Bluefin Tuna off Prince Edward Island, Canada; a 1,595lb Great White Shark at Kangaroo Island, South Australia, and a 1,378lb Tiger Shark off Moreton Island, Queensland.
What may be the highlight of Johnston’s Great Barrier Reef fishing came in November 1981. In one afternoon he tagged and released seven Black Marlin, four of them estimated at over 1,000lbs and the biggest estimated to be in the 1,300 to 1,400lb range.
hough he spent more than 30 consecutive seasons fishing heavy tackle on the Great Barrier Reef, Johnston is a highly skilled angler on tackle of all weights, has fished most of the world’s big game hotspots, and held an IGFA World Record for a 142lb Dogtooth Tuna on 30lb line for 15 years.
Johnston participated in two Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, International Tuna Cup Matches and fished the renowned Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) from 1972 to 1999, a member of the victorious 1990 and 1996 Australian teams.
John Johnston’s contribution to leading recreational fishing organisations are equally impressive. He is a Past President and Life Member of both the Game Fishing Association of Australia and the Game Fishing Club of South Australia, Founding Chairman of the South Australian Recreational Fishing Advisory Council, and Governor of the Pacific Game fish Research Foundation.
John Johnston has devoted much of his time and energies to IGFA as well, serving as Australian Representative from 1979 to 1990 and as a member of the IGFA Board of Trustees for 12 years, from 1990 to 2002.
To read more see:-
Excerpt — Reference The Game Fishing Club of South Australia's History Book
“75 Years of The Game Fishing Club of South Australia 1937-2012 “
In October, Mr Johnston officially opened a new store in the Adelaide Arcade, just metres from where he opened the first Godfreys outlet in Adelaide in 1939.