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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing July/August 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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who’s who

CAPTAIN: RUSSELL HICKS Growing up in the small central Queensland town of Moura, Russell first got into fishing after reading about gamefishing for giant black marlin off Cairns in his father’s sporting magazines. He realised that this was the lifestyle he wanted, so set about chasing his dream. He’s now the owner of Topnotch Game Fishing charters and captain of Brilliant Company, which he runs with his ‘Billfish Babes’ wife, Marlene, along the Great Barrier Reef. CONTRIBUTOR: DR PAUL HARDY-SMITH Paul began fishing with his grandfather in Victoria when he was four. He’s now a veterinarian working with his own consulting company with some of the bigger fish farming companies in Australia and overseas. Paul still loves his fishing and catching a feed but says we must treat fish with respect – as…

3 min.
landmark features

I get very excited when our understanding of an important topic takes a quantum-leap forward. One of those moments is happening right now, in this issue. And while it might not help you to catch more fish, it can certainly help you to enjoy a very noticeable improvement in the eating quality of your tuna. Eating some of what we catch is not only an important social justification for our fishing, but also a delightful reward for our efforts. For many, a feed of fresh gamefish is the primary motivator for going fishing in the first place. So why is it that even after fishing for a lifetime, few anglers know how to properly kill and prepare their fish, or even realise how much better it can taste when prepared in…

1 min.
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…

4 min.
australian tagging program

BLACK MARLIN RECAPTURED IN PNG Sometimes the program receives recaptures from many years prior. Some weeks ago we received tag recovery forms from Caroline Sanchez who works for the Oceanic Fisheries Program of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. These forms had come from a remote village in Papua New Guinea (PNG). One of them was a black marlin released by Debrah and Steve Dahl aboard Mooloolaba GFC boat Bring it On in late December 2014. Their lure-caught fish was originally released off Caloundra in southern Queensland, estimated to be 20kg. The forms from PNG showed the black marlin had been recaptured in June 2016 after 543 days at liberty. It was caught by a PNG longline vessel working in the outer Coral Sea, in an area known as the Papuan Plateau,…

1 min.
rule changes at the igfa

Approved at the annual International Game Fish Association’s Board of Trustees meeting in January, the IGFA recently announced changes to the minimum ratio required for Line Class and Tippet Class world record submissions, and clarifications to its World Record Requirements. MINIMUM RATIO REQUIREMENT Effective May 1, to be eligible for a world record, the minimum ratio for fish weight to line or tippet class is now set at 0.5-to-1. In other words, the weight of the fish must be at least half as much as the line or tippet class that it qualifies for – based on the Imperial measurements (pounds). For example, a fish applying for a 15kg (30lb) line class record must now weigh a minimum of 6.8kg (15lb). This change eliminates the previous 1:1 minimum ratio required for line classes…

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daniel lazarevski does it again

When it comes to junior anglers, there are few with the public recognition of Victoria’s Daniel Lazarevski. Even as a 13-year-old, he has achieved more as an angler than most adults who have fished a lifetime. Three years ago, at the age of 10, Daniel single-handedly hauled in a 116kg southern bluefin tuna that earned him an IGFA Smallfry world record – which still stands today. Since that catch, Daniel has appeared on many episodes of the popular Victorian TV show Savage Seas Adventures and has become an ambassador of the sport inspiring many junior anglers. On 21 April this year, Daniel and his father Nick made the road trip west to Portland, accompanied by close friends Khaled and Louay Houli, and Jason Tedesco. The following day they encountered an array…