Peter B. Wright grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and began working on charter sport fishing boats out of Hillsboro Inlet while still in grade school. From age 11 through high school he fished on weekends and during summer vacations. He first fished in the Bahamas with noted Pompano Beach Capt. John Whitmer at age 11 and fished many marlin tournaments in Bimini throughout high school and college.
Peter B. Wright
Among the waters Wright has fished are:
Australia • New Zealand • New Guinea • Indonesia • Thailand • Mauritius • Kenya • Mozambique • South Africa • The Ivory Coast • Bom Bom Island • Cape Verde Islands • Canary Islands • Madeira • Puerto Rico • Dominican Republic • Virgin Islands • Bahamas • US Gulf and East Coast • Canada’s Maritime Provinces • East and West Coasts of Mexico • Guatamala • Costa Rica • Panama • Ecuador • Chile • Peru • French Polynesia • Fiji • Nova Scotia • Newfoundland • Hawaii • the Galapagos
In 1967 Wright visited the Antarctic collecting cephalopods (squid and octopus) as chief scientist for the Univ. of Miami aboard a research cruise of the United States Antarctic Research Program. He traveled throughout the South Pacific upon his return to New Zealand and first fished off the Great Barrier Reef in 1968.
Wright has fished every season in Cairns, Australia from 1968 to 2008. Besides residing in Australia, Wright owned and operated a charter boat in Kona, Hawaii for 5 years.
He's been active in billfish and tuna management tag-and-release programs since the 1950's. He was instrumental in the implementation of archival pop-off tags and use of circle hooks.
As a contributing editor Wright wrote the Sportfishing column for Motor Boating and Sailing along with many feature articles and boat reports for over 13 years. He was consultant editor for Blue Water Magazine. He gives seminars and consults in the marine and electronics industries and for major fishing tackle companies and has been on the Pro Staff for Bass Pro Shops and Offshore Angler.
For many years he served as Editor at Large for "Marlin" Magazine and wrote a monthly column, "The Wright Way", answering readers questions in the "Ask Peter Wright" section and did a bi-weekly blog for Marlin Magazine online. He is the head instructor for "Marlin University" programs and conducts seminars for clubs and a variety of organizations. He has appeared in numerous TV shows catching a wide variety of big game fish.
Peter B. was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame and also received the Tommy Gifford Award, also known as the "Legendary Captains and Crew Award". He is also a member of the Cairns Black Marlin Hall of Fame. He has helped his anglers catch more marlin over 1000 lbs. than any captain in history.
Wright is available for private fishing lessons and lectures on subjects from boat handling to heavy tackle or light tackle angling, in waters from the South Pacific to the North Atlantic. Learn more about events with Peter.
When he is at home in Stuart Florida, he coaches the Young Guns at Quail Creek, part of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), a nationwide program in sporting clays.
January 8, 1944, Patterson, N.J.
Stranahan High School, Fort Lauderdale (1961)
Ga. Tech., B.S. Biology – (1965)
Univ. of Miami, Graduate School – (1965-1967) (Marine Biology)
Published "Ecology Of Cyclinella tenuis" in Bulletin of Marine Science Gulf and Caribbean
MBA (finance) – Florida Atlantic Univ. (1972)
As a captain Wright has caught more marlin over 1,000 pounds than any captain or angler in history and has won dozens of tournaments and guided his clients to numerous records. These include the Australian men's record 1442 pound Black Marlin on 130 pound line, women's 80 pound class World and Australian record of 1323 pounds. He also once held the Bahamas Bluefin Tuna record of 972 pounds and guided angler Stewart Campbell to a single day's record of 73 Giant Bluefin Tuna tagged and released off Cape Hatteras, N.C. He is a recipient of IGFA’s Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Award and in September 2007 was inducted into the Cairns Black Marlin Hall of Fame.