Captain Peter B. Wright

Peter B. Wright is a renowned angler, captain, journalist and scientist.  Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he worked on charterboats out of Hillsboro Inlet and spent summers and weekends fishing the Bahamas with Captain Johnny Whitmer.

After earning a degree in biology, Wright travelled to Cairns, Australia in 1968 and worked as mate on Captain George  Bransford’s Sea Baby II where he wired and gaffed his first two granders.  He returned  to the Great Barrier Reef in succeeding seasons and became a captain in 1970.

The heavy-tackle and boat-handling skills he learned fishing for giant bluefin in the Bahamas were invaluable in Cairns; his boat was first to have a tuna tower, a transom door, two-speed Fin-Nor reels, and curved-butt rods.  In the mid-1970s he spent five years in Kona, Hawaii where he began fast-trolling formaldehyde-soaked baits to be more competitive against Hawaiian lures.  Those led to the development of soft trolling lures including Mold Craft’s "Softhead" series.

A member of the Cairns Black Marlin Hall of Fame, Wright  has caught more marlin over 1,000 pounds than anyone.  In his five-decade career he captured 77 and released countless more.   These include a 1,442-pound black marlin that remains the largest ever weighed in Australia, and the women’s 80-pound record of 1,323 pounds-- still standing after 38 years.   Wright also is recognized  for sharing his vast knowledge of fish, techniques and the history of the sport in numerous publications, and at seminars and events.