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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing February/March 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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1 min.
who’s who

CONTRIBUTOR: JAMES GREEN James grew up in paradise, on Lord Howe Island, surrounded by the world’s southernmost coral reef. There he chased the abundant yellowtail kingfish, as well as yellowfin tuna, wahoo and occasional billfish. He’s since moved to Sydney where he’s now the Executive Chef of the waterfront Q Station hotel in Manly. Last year he joined the BlueWater trip to Canada, where he tagged and released two 300kg Atlantic bluefin tuna, one on stand-up 60kg tackle. SUBSCRIBER: BOB ELLIS Over his long fishing career, Bob served on the executive of several game fishing clubs and associations, including as President of the Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA). An accomplished Victorian angler, Bob has fished off Bermagui for many years, where he’s caught an enviable list of huge yellowfin tuna. He’s also…

3 min.
not bad, just unthinking

Trish and I were recently disheartened while watching videos on Facebook showing large black marlin off Cairns being cut off in an obviously exhausted state, often with long lengths of heavy leader still attached. The Cairns fishery has been thriving for more than 50 years now, and for much of that it was unusual for a marlin to be sharked. I first fished Cairns in 1977, followed by many more trips over the following two decades. Until 2004 I also worked six seasons as a pro deckie, taking leave from my Sydney tackle shop business. Throughout all those years I only ever saw one hooked marlin eaten by sharks. These days, however, the boats are facing an extreme shark problem, with sharks now filmed on tow cameras actually following the boats,…

3 min.
rob crane comments on his 650kg black marlin

In my opinion there is nothing quite like fishing for marlin along the Great Barrier Reef and being in the company of dedicated people in an industry that attracts enthusiasts from all parts of the world. To be involved in the sport of marlin fishing is a real privilege, and whether it be a black, a blue or a striped marlin, seeing these fish is unforgettable. Of course, the only way this can be experienced is by fishing for them. I have been fortunate to grow up fishing with industry professionals since the age of 13, mixing with guys that have refined marlin fishing to an artform. When I first went fishing off Lizard Island with my parents Eddie and Pauline, it was aboard a boat called Gamefisher, captained by Terry…

2 min.
vale john johnston

‘Johnno’, as he was affectionately known by fishing companions, was admired and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His irrepressible sense of humour, passion for game fishing and lifelong dedication to the sport placed him in a class by himself. As an angler, John is reputed to be the only person, living or dead, to have caught and weighed four different gamefish species of more than 1000 pounds (453.6kg). His four granders include a 549.7kg black marlin off Cairns, a 488kg bluefin tuna off Prince Edward Island in Canada, a 723.5kg great white shark off South Australia, and a 625kg tiger shark off Moreton Island in Queensland. What may be the highlight of John’s Cairns fishing came in November 1981 when he tagged and released seven black…

4 min.
australian tagging program

BLUEFIN HEAD TO SPAWNING GROUNDS Two southern bluefin tuna (SBT) were recently reported as recaptured by observers working with the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT). They retrieved the tags from a fish processing plant in Bali, Indonesia. After a thorough investigation by the tuna team, the full details of the recaptures were then forwarded to the DPI Game Fish Tagging Program in Australia. The first bluefin was released on 16 January 2015 by gun South Australian angler James Rippin while fishing off the Althorpe Islands. After a quick tussle on 8kg line, James had released his bluefin in excellent condition, estimating it to be 17kg and 103cm in length. His fish was recaptured by an Indonesian longline vessel fishing around the Java Ridge in the Indian Ocean on…

2 min.
tasmania shifts to year-round bluefin

For many years the anglers along Tasmania’s east coast regarded May to July as the prime season for southern bluefin tuna, and accepting that they put in very little effort outside of these months. However, the fishery has changed. Over recent years, bluefin have been caught throughout the year, with periods of consistent tuna at times previously considered out of season. In December 2015 I embarked on a quest to catch a bluefin in every month of the year, fishing the inshore reefs off Eaglehawk Neck from my 5.5m trailerboat Mustang Sally. While some trips did not result in any tuna, I was surprised by how many did. On some days we found acres of fish busting up around us, scoring multiple hook-ups with not another boat in sight! From December 2015…