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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

May/June 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.

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BlueWater Gamefishing Pty Ltd
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who’s who

CAPTAIN: SCOTT THORRINGTON Scott grew up livebaiting from the rocks and estuary fishing on the NSW Central Coast, then fell in love with marlin fishing so purchased a boat in 1988 and started his successful gamefishing charter career. His favourite fishing ground is Port Stephens and his favourite species is definitely marlin – of any size. Scott’s favourite memory is of his daughter, then 14, catching her first billfish and winning Lady’s Day at the Port Stephens Interclub tournament. DECKIE: JAY ‘JUNIOR’ HOUSEHAM Jay grew up on the NSW Central Coast, hanging around the boat ramp so much that he became known as ‘Ramp Rat’. After an introduction to Capt Scott Thorrington, Jay left school at 16 to become a full-time professional deckie with Scott, earning the new nickname ‘Junior’. Jay has also…

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the other reason

Most of us are drawn to offshore game fishing by the refreshing vastness of the open ocean scenery, and the lure of the fastest, biggest and most spectacular fish on the planet. For some it’s a just a fun activity, but for the devoted it is much more than that. We are pulled by an innate calling to seek, to understand and then to catch our prey. It’s a primal instinct gifted to a select few, built into our DNA, a specialty that has served human survival for eons. As anglers, we derive great satisfaction from the challenge of catching fish, devoting much thought and study into learning our quarry, before testing, evaluating and refining our skills in the field. For some, the far extension of that drive is game fishing –…

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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 October / November 2019 March / April 2020 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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australian tagging program

The game fishing season along Australia’s southeast coast has been challenging for many this year, with striped marlin passing very quickly early on in 2019. However, the black marlin provided some reasonable fishing, particularly for those in southern Queensland. The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions have had a relatively productive inshore season thus far, with many boats regularly tagging up to five or more juvenile blacks each day. The NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program has also had a steady flow of recaptures reported. Since 1 July 2018 we have received 12 black marlin recaptures, three of which feature below. HERVEY BAY TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA A juvenile black marlin released in early November 2017 by Cameron Trevethan and skipper Carl Sheppard aboard Mackay GFC boat Time Out has been recaptured off…

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slow start to tassie swordfish season

In mid-January the first swordfish for the Tassie season was hooked and landed, much to the excitement of the deep drop game fishers around the state. Nathan Close, accompanied by two friends Leigh Gore and Damien Gunn, launched his Savage 620 swordfish trailerboat out of Eaglehawk Neck, eager for their first sword drop of the year. Just 45 minutes into their first drop, Nathan’s 37kg outfit came tight and he was hooked-up! He worked the fish hard, and in under an hour the swordfish was boatside. Not surprisingly, the hefty swordfish wasn’t done yet, and mayhem ensued once the gaffs were set. Back at the weighstation, Nathan’s first swordfish from his own boat pulled the scales down to 164.8kg, making it the first for the 2018/19 season! It didn’t take long…

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the billfish foundation – annual release and tagging awards

Each year The Billfish Foundation recognizes the best of the best in the billfishing community to acknowledge their significant contributions to billfish conservation, including the Foundation’s own tag and release program. Since its inception in 1990, the program has accrued nearly 240,000 tagged billfish to become the largest private billfish tagging database in the world. Many awards were presented at TBF’s annual awards celebration in February, including for tag-&-release as well as release without tagging. Despite strong competition from anglers and captains in the US and Central America, some Australians and Kiwis featured in the highlights of this year’s competition, including: TOP INDIAN OCEAN BLACK MARLIN TAGGING ANGLERS 1. Scott MacGowan, Australia (WA) 2. Jo-Ann Riley, Australia (WA) TOP INDIAN OCEAN BLUE MARLIN TAGGING ANGLERS 1. Mike Mason, Seychelles 2. Jack Ogden, UK 3. Hayley Dellar, Australia (WA) TOP…

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