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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing December 2018 - January 2019

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

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who’s who

DECKIE: TYLER BLIKSLAGER Tyler grew up in Canada’s picturesque Prince Edward Island, where the world’s largest Atlantic bluefin tuna visit each autumn. Initially a farmer, Tyler soon followed his uncles’ example and became a commercial lobster and tuna fisherman. As a deckie for the Bruce Brothers charter operation, he now comes face-to-face with tuna to more than 500kg as he feeds them chum and baits, and takes the leader to guide them in for release. SUBSCRIBER: GIANNI REUTER Gianni lives in Brisbane, where he works as a carpenter. As a father, much of his spare time is spent with his young son Reuben, but he still gets out fishing as often as possible. This year that included joining the BlueWater Readers’ Trip to Canada, where he tagged a giant bluefin tuna of 385kg.…

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rough is a state of mind

From my office window I can see a sliver of ocean. On the sparkling glassy days I’ll gaze at it, picturing myself watching a spread of lures instead of being stuck on land. Then again, on the days I see whitecaps and hear the wind whistling through the trees I’ll smile to myself, feeling very glad to be safe and comfortable. On those days it gives me great joy to laugh in the face of the weather, taunting “Ha, you can’t get me today!” But many times it has. And I’m sure there will be more to come. While preparing Amanda Delaney’s feature in this issue about predicting weather from signs in the sky, I reflected on the fact that the weather conditions preferred by anglers are not necessarily the best for…

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two great fishing lodges in arnhem land

Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge This iconic lodge has been completely refurbished, offering luxury wilderness accommodation in an area teaming with sportfish. Location Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge is situated on the western side of Port Essington on Cobourg Peninsula in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, western Arnhem Land. Sportfishing Seasons March / April 2019 October / November 2019 Fishing Lodge guests have access to a huge expanse of bays, headlands, offshore reefs and islands where Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, golden snapper, coral trout & many other pelagic and tasty reef species abound. Plus the many sandy mangrove creeks and flats offer great barramundi, threadfin salmon and mangrove jack fishing. Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge Booking Peak Seasons Only Following the complete refurbishment of the iconic Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge, professionally-guided fishing tours only take place during the Top End’s…

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age of ‘near-grander’ swordfish

It was also the second swordfish head generously donated to the NSW DPI Fisheries Research facility for age studies. Both donated swordfish had been caught off Mallacoota, and both were caught under the expert tutelage of Ulladulla gamefisherman George Lirantzis aboard his boat Side Effect. The previous swordfish, donated in 2017, weighed 347kg and it was estimated to be 18 years old after its tiny otoliths (ear bones) were removed from its head and analysed under a microscope to count the annual growth rings. The process is similar to aging a tree by counting its annual growth rings in a cross section of the trunk. This time, analysis of Mitch’s 436.2kg sword yielded an estimated age of 21 years. While the species has been recorded to reach ages of 23 years in…

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fabulous fraser fires again

As the leading edge of the East Australian Current pushed down the southern Queensland coast in early summer, the remote waters east of Fraser Island reinforced its growing reputation as a remarkable blue marlin hotspot. Capt Brett Alty’s 15m custom charterboat Mistress departed the Gold Coast for its now annual pilgrimage to Fraser, arriving at the end of September. From their charter base at Urangan, at the southern end of Hervey Bay, Brett’s first anglers initially focussed on the baby black marlin found inshore, but having tagged eight by the morning of the third day they switched to heavy-tackle and headed offshore. After just seven days and three hours of fishing they’d already tagged 32 marlin! On his second trip, Brett fished heavy-tackle for four days, resulting in 23 tagged blue marlin…

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another black marlin breeding ground off qld?

The northern reaches of Queensland’s Hervey Bay, and the even more remote waters east of Fraser Island’s northern tip seldom see much fishing pressure. Although these grounds are revered as fish-rich hotspots for a multitude of pelagic and reef species, their remoteness keeps their full potential still somewhat undiscovered. For many years the northern end of Hervey Bay has been renowned for producing an extraordinary run of baby black marlin over the shallow inside grounds during late winter and spring. In recent years, the offshore waters have also gained a reputation for their exceptional numbers of blue and striped marlin during spring and early summer. This heavy-tackle fishery has lured Gold Coast gameboat Mistress to spend several months running liveaboard charters to these remote grounds. This year they were there in…

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