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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing April/May 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

DECKIE: MARLENE HICKS Marlene is the founder of ‘Billfish Babes’ and loves encouraging women to get active in game fishing. Her social media keeps her busy when she’s not helping husband Russel run their Topnotch Game Fishing charter business, based at Airlie Beach in north Queensland, aboard their new boat Brilliant Company. Marlene’s favourite fishing is chasing giant black marlin along the Ribbon Reefs, north of Cairns, although one day she hopes to catch a roosterfish. SUBSCRIBER: DAVE VENN Dave grew up in northern NSW, fishing the productive waters around South West Rocks. He moved to Sydney and then on to Huskisson, on the shore of Jervis Bay, where he established the JB Lures business in 1993. That year he also became a foundation member of the Jervis Bay Game Fishing Club, of…

3 min.
a crack in their defence

Once in a while, circumstances change or the location is unusual, presenting you with a rare opportunity to win a battle that might otherwise seem impossible. The trick is to be watching, to recognise the potential and then quickly capitalise on the situation. Capt Jaga Crossingham’s excellent feature on dogtooth tuna in this issue reminded me of such an instance. As you’ll know if you’ve ever crossed swords with a dogtooth, they are enormously powerful. Even more challenging is the environment they live in, coupled with their usual fight strategy of running straight to the bottom and then through every gutter and over every ledge on their path to deeper water. Strategy – and a brutally strong drag setting – is usually required to win a dogtooth battle. However, I once…

4 min.
australian tagging program

BLACK MARLIN RECAPTURE A juvenile black marlin released by well-known Cairns Bluewater GFC boat Bounty Hunter in mid-August 2018 has been recaptured. Angler Luke Turner originally released the marlin in excellent condition after estimating it at 135cm fork length and 20kg during a day’s fishing wide of Fitzroy Island near Cairns, QLD with skipper Ross Finlayson. On 24 February 2019, Gold Coast GFC boat Foghorn recaptured the marlin while fishing light-tackle in close off the Gold Coast. Upon recapture, angler Michael Umback estimated the black marlin to be 140cm fork length and 30kg. During its 161 days at liberty, the fish had travelled an estimated straight-line distance of 785 nautical miles. DOLPHINFISH RECAPTURE A dolphinfish (mahimahi) originally tagged and released on the DPI Tweed FAD has recently been recaptured … on another DPI FAD,…

2 min.
bad mako kills seals

Hoping to find a mako shark out wide off Victoria’s Port Fairy, in mid-February, John Cahill and Mark Ward set off before dawn and set up a drift on the continental shelf edge in 180 meters of water. With a good berley trail established and two baits out, the waiting game began. A mako of around 150kg appeared boatside around mid-morning, having already eaten both baits. Mark cut his line so John could continue with his, enjoying an aerial display before the mako went deep to slug it out for most of the battle. On 15kg tackle, it took John 90 minutes to work it back to the surface. About the time the guys thought they might get a shot at the trace, a pair of small seals swam into the area…

1 min.
maiden voyage delivers brilliant results

After the sale of their Riviera 51 charterboat, Fascination II, last December, Russell and Marlene Hicks immediately began the search for a replacement. While testing prospects on the Gold Coast, they soon stumbled upon the perfect vehicle for their business, the stunning 65 Precision, Brilliant Company. After a week living aboard and getting to know their new home, it was time to take the big rig back to the open ocean, where she belonged. A small weather window opened before the onset of tropical cyclone Oma in February, so with Scott Van Burch working the deck, Capt Hicks took her out through the Gold Coast seaway with a course set for the light-tackle ground known as Spot X. With plenty of bait showing on the sounder, it wasn’t long before they also…

2 min.
outstanding tassie mako season

The mako shark action in Tasmania at the beginning of this year was nothing short of exceptional. December and January produced not only consistent numbers of quality makos, but also some huge specimens. These streamlined sharks are amazing to watch as they swim around the boat, and to experience their amazing power, speed and high-jumping acrobatics is an amazing angling thrill. It was also great to get a couple of our crew members involved in their first shark tagging experience. The two primary hotspots were Eaglehawk Neck and St Helens. As usual, drifting and berleying over the continental shelf edge accounted for the best catches, but a large number were also caught on trolled lures, or after spotting free-swimmers on the surface. Still more were hooked after taking bottom fish being…