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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing July - August 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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two great fishing lodges in arnhem land

Seven Spirit Bay sportfishers are at home both on the bluewater and in the creeks. Seven Spirit overlooks Coral Bay in Port Essington and can only be reached by private charter flight or by water. Spoil yourself in air-conditioned luxury cabin accommodation. 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 October / November 2018 March to 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 &…

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tuna are special

TIM SIMPSON: PUBLISHER Tim 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. I have been fascinated with tuna since the moment I first saw one. I still remember sitting on a wharf in Sydney’s Pittwater as a young boy, astounded by their speed as a marauding pack of tuna burst into the bay and obliterated a school of small baitfish in front of me.Speed and power are just part of what makes tuna so remarkable. Their whole structure is an exquisite example of nature’s potential for engineering mastery. Tuna are refined far beyond the rudimentary design of mere bottom-dwellers, their…

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records smashed in victoria’s sword and bluefin season

Liza Lirantzis with the pending Women’s Australian record 146kg swordfish on 60kg tackle that she caught while fishing with Richard Abela off Lakes Entrance. Maria Gomes with the 39kg southern bluefin tuna she caught on a stickbait cast into a surface-feeding school. Autumn and early winter water temperatures along the east of the State have generally been way below the same time last year and coupled with some horrendous weather throughout May, this has resulted in a much lower catch than expected. However, a number of exceptional swordfish have already been landed this season.Richard Abela’s Victorian charterboat Dream Catcher II got the season off to a flying start during an April trip with George and Liza Lirantzis from Ulladulla. Liza took just over an hour to land…

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become a tuna champion

Dr Sean Tracey is the Principal Investigator of the Tuna Champions program being led by the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation. Estimates show that after having been decimated to perhaps 5% of their original biomass, the stock has now recovered to around 13%. That is greater than a 100% increase on the stock level of a few decades ago – which is why we’re noticing a significant increase in our fishing results – but the population of southern bluefin is still at a critically low level and needs our help to continue its stock rebuilding process. If this fishery was managed by Australian standards it would be closed to all fishing, however, it is managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) and we are…

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sydney produces record blue marlin

Capt Ivan Bennett (on right side of fish) , Ron Kovacs, Australian 24kg line class record blue marlin of 337.5kg off Sydney on April 28. On the first day of the Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament in late April, Capt Ivan Bennett of Ambition Charters headed well offshore, trolling down the 1000 fathom line where mutton birds swept the ocean hunting the small patches of baitfish sheltering just below the surface. Other boats in the vicinity reported both blue and striped marlin along with the occasional yellowfin bust-up, so expectations aboard Ambition ran high.As Ivan made a turn around a small baitball, a marlin popped up behind the Pakula bullet lure set on 24kg tackle in the shotgun position. The marlin struck several times, but did not hook-up, leading…

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australian tagging program

A southern bluefin tuna released off southern Tasmania by Mark Watson on 21 February 2016 was recaptured by a longline vessel off New Zealand’s South Island on 19 April 2018. The team aboard Home Strait tagging one of the six swords they released off Lakes Entrance in Victoria between March and May. On 25 April, Lachlan Dombrow recaptured this black marlin on the Barwon Banks in southern Queensland after Sharon Poulter tagged it 73 days earlier at the same location TASMANIA TO NEW ZEALAND A southern bluefin tuna (SBT) released by Mark Watson aboard Tuna Club of Tasmania vessel Clear Float has recently been recaptured. The tuna was tagged on 21 February 2016 off Pedra Branca (a small rock islet off…