The Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA) formally started in 1967 when a group of dedicated sportfishers met at Yorkeys Knob in Cairns.

Fourteen “barefooted yobbo’s” under the stewardship of Vic McCristal and George Bryden put into some order their ideas of fishing for sport and enjoyment. From that time on, they determined to promote sportfishing under the motto “sport, conservation, integrity”.

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