BlueWater Gamefishing Pty Ltd


BlueWater Gamefishing Pty Ltd

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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing April - May 2018

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.

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who’s who

SUBSCRIBER: LOUISE FRANKLIN Louise grew up in Fiji but moved to Sydney at the age of eight. Her passion for gamefishing began when she married Phil and then purchased their 12.5m custom alloy gameboat Satisfaction, which now lives at their home base in Lae, PNG. Louise and her family have won a long list of trophies and awards in the years since, but she is most proud of their performance at the Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica. SUBSCRIBER: OSKA DAVIS Young Oska has been addicted to fishing for as long as he can remember. As a crew-member aboard Mr Pig, he fishes regularly along the Sydney coastline and particularly loves the challenge of tiger sharks. His last New Year’s goal was to catch…

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smaller makes bigger

TIM SIMPSON has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for teaching others the skills for success. His adventures have taken him to a long list of tournament wins, six IGFA world records, and more than 500 tagged gamefish. A true angler – those of us born with an unyielding tension drawing us to the water and the creatures within it – will delight in the capture of any fish, whether that be a herring from a harbourside wharf or something much larger. And in each case, the thrill is magnified proportionally if the catch exceeds what was expected. To extract a 2kg fish from a body of water thought to produce only tiddlers would have you buzzing for hours – at least, it certainly would for me!The thrill…

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mako sharks aplenty in tassie

With water temperatures reaching 19°C over the continental shelf in January, it was no surprise that Tasmania’s mako shark season was on fire, with plentiful numbers of fish being caught whenever a weather window presented itself. The most consistent area was over the continental shelf on the east coast, however, the 100m contour also accounted for some quality fish, including a 265kg specimen caught off Eaglehawk Neck. Numerous sharks were also caught in the shallower waters of Bass Strait, although their average size is usually smaller.Fishing off St Helens, Josh Hammersley had his 7.6m Stabicraft Black Magic among the big shark action, winning the Tamar Marine Shark Competition with a 213.8kg mako in early January. They raised six sharks in six hours of fishing, three of which were…

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striped marlin fire along australia’s south-east

A large mass of marlin moved in to Australia’s south-east coast during late summer, producing spectacular striped marlin action all the way from Port Stephens in NSW down to Mallacoota off eastern Victoria. Mid-January to February brought exceptional striped marlin fishing down Australia’s south-east coastline, firing-up from Port Stephens in NSW to Mallacoota in eastern Victoria. It’s a rare thing to have so many ports and locations firing all at the same time.Victoria well and truly stamped its mark on the Australian gamefishing map during this period, delivering more than a month of exceptional fishing when a sub-tropical blue water current with temperatures up to 24°C pushed in to the coast just east of Gabo Island. The new marlin grounds off eastern Victoria may very well become…

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igfa great marlin race

The change in light levels recorded by the tag attached to the 75kg black marlin also indicate that it was swallowed by a predator on the fifth day of the track. The blue line on this 24-hour graph shows a 200kg black marlin’s diving behaviour throughout the day. The changes in light level are shown in pink. About one week after the 200kg black marlin was released, the tag’s data shows the marlin grew less active and took fewer and shallower dives each day, suggesting that its health was compromised. As shown at 2pm on this daily chart, the tag was then swallowed by another animal, indicated by the disappearance of light and the changed diving behaviour. The active diving behaviour and lack of light data continued until the…

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opah caught deep-dropping

Paul Goodwin with the tasty opah he caught while deep-dropping beyond the continental shelf off Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. (Photo: Dave Glenn) Two extraordinary captures were made off Tasmania’s Eaglehawk Neck on January 21. Shane Kube and his friends were deep-dropping for blue-eye trevalla on the slope of the continental shelf south of Tasman Island when they caught a 180kg swordfish, months earlier than is usually expected for the start of the Tasmanian swordfish season.On the same day, Dave Glenn and Paul Goodwin were also fishing for blue-eye trevalla with an electric reel on the continental shelf drop-off east of the Hippolyte Rock. While dropping his bait to the bottom in 480m, Paul’s rig suddenly stopped at around 250m. Suspecting that something may have taken the bait, Paul hit the…