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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing September/October 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

CONTRIBUTOR: JOHN CAHILL John grew up in a fish-mad family living in country Victoria, mostly lure casting for the huge freshwater Murray cod. Then he discovered the topwater lure crunchers in saltwater and his style fishing throwing poppers and stickbaits for giant trevally, yellowtail kingfish and southern bluefin tuna. John makes an annual trip to Southern Oman to target their enormous GTs, testing tackle for his online tackle store Ebb Tide Tackle. SUBSCRIBER: CRAIG BREADSELL Craig grew up in north Queensland and got the game fishing bug around age 15 when he caught a sailfish off Hayman Island. He’s been actively game fishing ever since, including working a season off Cairns as a professional deckie and assisting in four world records for dogtooth tuna. Craig is now President of the Mackay Game Fishing…

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ready for the new world

Trish and I spent a week in Sydney during August, running the Fishing Stage lecture team and making game fishing presentations for the Boating Industry Association’s Sydney International Boat Show. It’s always an exciting week and one we look forward to each year. Early on Friday morning before the Show there’s the Industry Breakfast, a fascinating couple of hours filled with updates on the marine industry, along with government ministers announcing their plans to improve our boating and fishing experience. A particularly inspiring speech was delivered by Darren Vaux, the Boating Industry Association’s President. Part of Darren’s presentation described the changed reality of Australia’s housing and boating situation. The 1991 and 2016 Australian Census figures show that over these 25 years the number of high-rise apartments has doubled, with a significant…

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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

STRIPED MARLIN HEADS NORTH While fishing off Tuross in southern NSW on 9 March, Ulladulla GFC boat Happy Ending tagged a couple of striped marlin caught on livebaits. During the session, keen angler Joseph Agostino enjoyed a 30-minute tussle with one of the fish, which skipper Rick Grintell quickly released once alongside (as pictured below). The beautifully coloured striped marlin was estimated to be 70kg on release. On 21 May the fish was recaptured by a commercial longline vessel fishing beyond the continental shelf off the Breaksea Spit at Fraser Island in Queensland, presumably while the fish was heading north towards the striped marlin spawning grounds in the Coral Sea. Once brought aboard, the yellow DPI billfish tag was noticed and subsequently reported to the Department. According to the skipper of the…

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port stephens club celebrates 90th birthday

Australia’s influential Newcastle & Port Stephens Game Fish Club (N&PSGFC) celebrated the 90th anniversary of its foundation on June 15. Over its long history, this club has been intimately involved in the remarkable evolution of the sport, particularly since the late 1940s, following the end of World War 2. Celebrations were held in the Shoal Bay clubhouse at Port Stephens, hosted by President Troy Radford and his committee, with Honorary Life Members Peter Simpson, David Litchfield and Geoff Leonard as special guests. John McIntyre, game fishing historian and Honorary Life Member of New South Wales Game Fishing Association, presented a commentary on game fishing at Port Stephens since the start of the 20th century. Originally formed in 1929 as the Newcastle Deep Sea and Game Fishing Club, based at Bundabah on the northern…

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winner of bluewater swordfish tagging award

The final results are in for the BlueWater Swordfish Tagging Award for 2018/19. This season was tough, with numbers of swordfish tagged down compared to the last two seasons. Across Australia, there were nine recreationally caught swords tagged with DPI billfish tags over the year. Since last issue, we received reports of two fish tagged by Victorian sword maestros the Home Strait team, skippered by Steve Taranto. Excitingly, these two fish were also tagged with satellite tags as part of Dr Sean Tracey’s Victorian tagging project. Both fish were body-hooked on J-hooks and were released in good condition. The first was caught in May and estimated to be 90kg, while the second was caught in June and estimated to weigh 125kg. Both were caught off Lakes Entrance in Victoria. A juvenile sword was…