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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing September - October 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

CAPTAIN: CHAD MILLS From an early age, Chad accompanied his father Bill as he ran Perth’s first fishing charter business. Then on the morning of his 18th birthday, Chad was waiting at the Licensing department to apply for his Master 5 and soon after he started Blue Lightning Charters, now working the magnificent Abrolhos and Montebello Islands. His passion is trying new techniques and locations for all types of offshore species, but especially billfish. SUBSCRIBER: CHLOE HORNHARDT Chloe is 12-years-old and is already a highly-accomplished angler, with an IGFA Smallfry world record to her name for a tiger shark she caught off the Western Australian coast. She loves to chase all species of fish as each one is different, but some of her favourite…

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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 2018March 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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too perfect

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. In late June this year, Trish and I joined our friend, Capt Barry Bailey, aboard his 15m sailing catamaran Mia in Tahiti. Our plan was to head north and troll the coral atoll drop-offs under sail.Although Game fishing from a sailing boat is quite a challenge, we were inspired by the amazing successes enjoyed by Morten Ruud aboard his catamaran sailboat Offshore Hunter. While Morten’s cat has been remarkably customised specifically for game fishing, Barry has also enjoyed regular success even with his traditional sailing cat. In a…

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vale daphne nielsen – founding team member of the cairns giant black marlin fishery

As founding Secretary of the Cairns Game Fishing Club, Mrs Daphne Nielsen was instrumental in establishing and recording the giant black marlin fishery off Cairns. Daphne and her late husband Paddy were members of pioneer Cairns district families and fished from early childhood. They married in 1948, spending their married life on their sugar cane farm at Yorkey’s Knob until Paddy’s passing in 2002. Daphne, as a partner in a local accounting firm, was a certified public account, registered auditor and a tax agent.Daphne and Paddy were in the small group who met at Colonel Jim Gearing-Thomas’s Great Northern Hotel, Cairns, on January 25, 1965, to inaugurate the Cairns Game Fishing Club. They held high hopes for a really big catch to establish the region and the club –…

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did you know?

• After Michael Lerner visited Australia and became inspired by Clive Firth, founding President of the GFAA, he returned to the US and founded the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in 1939 to encourage the sport of fishing for recreation and as a source of scientific data.• In August 1940, the famed novelist Ernest Hemingway was named Vice President of the IGFA, a position he held until his death in 1961.• The IGFA was originally affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York, and was instrumental in collecting specimens that increased scientific understanding of pelagic species.• Clive Firth of Australia was elected the IGFA’s first overseas representative, followed by representatives in Nigeria, New Zealand, Bermuda, Bahamas, Chile, Costa Rica, The Canal Zone, Cuba,…

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three kings turns on massive kingfish

The remote Three Kings Islands lie more than 50 nautical miles north of New Zealand’s North Cape. This is a dream destination for gamefishermen around the world as these islands are renowned for their prolific quantities of huge yellowtail kingfish, striped marlin, swordfish, plus enormous hapuka and bass groper. However, these rugged islands provide little shelter, and they’re a long way from the nearest facilities.During the summer season, much of the effort is devoted to billfish and tuna species, but with the receding water temperatures of late autumn, attention is switched to the mighty yellowtail kingfish. This powerful predator can be found from the surface to depths well over 200m. Large yellowtail kingfish can be found at the Three Kings all year, but the quantity and size of fish usually…