After discussions between the then presidents of the three game fishing clubs in Victoria; Ian Cutler of the Swordfish and Tunny Club of Australia, Roy Fisher of the South Gippsland Game Fishing Club and Dick Stumbles of the Victorian Game Fishing Club, it was decided that a Victorian Game Fishing Association be established.
The inaugural meeting of GFAV was held at Ian Cutler's residence on 16 November 1976.
Representatives from each club were:
Swordfish and Tunny Club of Australia
Messrs Ian Cutler, Peter McNamara and Leo Tyquin who was an observer and minute secretary
South Gippsland Game Fishing Club
Messrs Roy Fisher and Graham Mayberry
Victorian Game Fishing Club
Messrs Dick Stumbles, Keith (Dolly) Gray, Charles Gibling and Bob Ellis
It was recorded that the following number of club members were declared to GFAV at 30 June 1976.
Swordfish and Tunny Club of Australia - 66
South Gippsland Game Fishing Club - 30
Victorian Game Fishing Club - 187
It was unanimously agreed that C I Cutler (Ian) act as chairman for the first meeting.
Representation was based on GFAA affiliation.
Swordfish and Tunny Club of Australia - 2
South Gippsland Game Fishing Club - 1
Victorian Game Fishing Club - 4
Each member (being a club) shall be entitled to one (1) delegate to the association for each fifty (50) financial members or part of fifty (50) financial members to a maximum of four (4) delegates per club. A meeting of such delegates shall constitute the council of the association.
The constitution for the association was prepared by Ian Cutler and Dolly Gray. The signatories to the constitution were Messrs Ian Cutler, Peter McNamara, Charles Gibling, Keith Gray, Roy Fisher.