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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

February/March 2020

BlueWater magazine is dedicated to bringing gamefishers the essential cutting-edge wisdom on offshore gamefishing, boats and equipment. With stunning photography blended with exciting features from the world's leaders of the sport, we aim to deliver knowledge and inspiration that will make a real difference to the success and enjoyment of beginners and experts alike.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
BlueWater Gamefishing Pty Ltd
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7 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
who’s who

CAPTAIN: MATTHAIS HENNINGSEN Matthais was born in Germany and fished freshwater until 1994 when he moved to the Canary Islands, where he started chasing blue marlin. He particularly loves fishing tropical islands with a short run to the fishing grounds. His favourite grounds are Cape Verde and Ascension Island, which produce some of the best numbers and sizes of marlin worldwide. There he’s released over 1200 blues and has weighed four ‘granders’ of more than 450kg. DECKIE: JAKE KEMPTON Jake grew up in Karratha, in the north of Western Australia, where most weekends were spent with his father out fishing aboard their boat. For much of the year he now works the deck for Blue Lightning Charters, fishing at the remote Abrolhos and Montebello Islands. Whenever he gets the chance, Jake is casting…

3 min.
hot stuff

As Trish and I took a few days off between Christmas and New Year, we listened with growing horror to the tales of Australia burning. Having lived through the 1994 firestorm that ravaged Sydney’s northern beaches – which The New York Times described as ‘Australia’s worst fire in the 200 years since colonization’ – this year’s fires rekindled terrifying memories. As many others have experienced this year, the most frightening aspect at the time had been the wind. Howling at more than 70km/h, it coaxed the inferno and rained still-burning leaves several kilometres away. Concerned that a new fire front would block our only escape down the hill, we evacuated to a friend’s house. As Trish and I sat on our balcony, safe on the Gold Coast, we called friends along the…

4 min.
australian tagging program

BLUE MARLIN RARELY RECAPTURED Blue marlin have the lowest recapture rate of the three marlin species tagged in Australia’s tagging program. This is primarily because blues are a highly migratory species that spend most of their time well offshore in the open ocean. This behaviour results in less interaction with anglers, driving down the chance of recapturing tagged fish. There are, of course, other factors that heavily influence the recapture rate, including tag loss/shedding and non-reporting of recaptures; however, these factors are likely to be relatively constant over the billfish species. Of the 12,770 blue marlin released since the program’s inception in 1973, only 39 fish have been reported as recaptured. Since 2015, blue marlin recaptures have become more frequent, with more than two reported in each calendar year since then. Excitingly, in…

2 min.
‘fish of a lifetime’ caught in new zealand

On January 6th, our team aboard Lanakai were snapper fishing beside the ‘Nine Pin Rock’ at the entrance to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands when we spotted a very large fish smashing the schools of silver trevally and kahawai (known as Australian salmon to Aussies) massed in the shallows. The Nine Pin is a large rock surrounded by strong currents at the entrance to the Bay of Islands and it is almost always surrounded by large schools of baitfish and small predatory fish. We got a good look at the enormous tail of the large marlin as it crashed through the school, identifying it as a very large black marlin. Of course, we quickly changed plans and immediately prepared tackle to target it. At first, we caught some kahawai trolled them as…

2 min.
join the bluewater team in guatemala

As you’ll read in the special feature Where preparation meets opportunity in this issue, to experience a trip aboard Decisive with Capt Brad Philipps is to learn from the master of our sport. With his charter business on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, Brad has released more billfish than any other captain in the history of our sport, with a career total rapidly approaching 40,000 billfish releases for his clients. You now have an opportunity to learn from this extraordinary talent, joining BlueWater’s Tim and Trish Simpson on a team visiting Guatemala in late October this year. We’ll all stay and fish with Brad and his wife Cindy with private rooms at their exceptional Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures operation. You’re also invited to bring your non-fishing partner. BlueWater has arranged an exclusive package including…

2 min.
new zealand yellowfin & bigeye arrive in force

New Zealand’s summer season has been a most interesting one, with many facets of game fishing experienced in a short period of time. It all started back in early November, when most anglers began showing interest in the season ahead. With a water temperature hangover from winter, there was little prospect of anything but albacore at that point. However, just as it looked like yet another slow start, things took a sudden positive and unexpected leap. Water temperatures rose inexplicably, by up to four degrees Celsius in places! The influx of warm water brought an immediate impact, with proactive anglers cashing in on shortbill spearfish, striped marlin, dolphinfish and plentiful numbers of 12 to 20kg yellowfin tuna. Within a week, things suddenly did a backflip and the water and the fishing went…