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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing November/December 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: YANN COLAS Yann grew up on Reunion Island, where he began work as a charter captain. He is now based on Rodrigues Island (600km east of Mauritius), where he moved in 2005 to run the family game fishing business Rod Fishing Club with his long-range, liveaboard gameboat Black Marlin. In the virgin waters of Rodrigues, Yann has guided his clients to 13 IGFA world records, including for blue marlin, dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and red snapper. SCIENTIST: DR SAM WILLIAMS Sam is a fisheries researcher who works on a range of popular recreational species but specialises on billfish. He holds research positions in both the Government and University of Queensland, working closely anglers globe sample and tag billfish for his studies, including groundbreaking work on billfish genetics and stocks. Sam has a…

3 min.
life-changing fish

As a schoolboy desperate to get offshore and catch big fish, I devoured every fishing magazine and book I could get my hands on, drooling over the photos of what I dreamt of catching myself. Those photos were a formative part of my development, providing clear mental images that I reflected on frequently, drawing me forward down my angling path like the donkey’s carrot. We need such inspirational catches. They can change our way of thinking – and sometimes even the course of our lives. My life has certainly been influenced by the photos I saw during childhood, including Alf Dean with his enormous white shark; Alfred Glassell, Bob Dyer, Richard Obach and others with huge black marlin; Zane Grey with a whole procession of enormous fish; and giant bluefin tuna…

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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 March / April 2020 October / November 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

BLUE MARLIN CROSSES THE EQUATOR The Game Fish Tagging Program is occasionally lucky enough to receive details of recaptures from remote regions of the Pacific Ocean. One such recapture was recently submitted by Nelson B Lupa, a fisherman from a remote village outside of General Santos City in the Philippines. He had just returned from a long-distance fishing voyage to Palau and the Caroline Islands where he and his crew caught a tagged blue marlin estimated at 100kg at an area known as the West Carolina Trough. A quick search of the database found that the blue was originally tagged east of ‘The Carpark’ grounds off Port Stephens in NSW. The fish was released on 24 November 2018 by Newcastle & Port Stephens GFC member Ben Knott, who was fishing solo aboard…

2 min.
shark research in the whitsunday islands

Last September I returned to Queensland to re-join Dr Adam Barnett and the Biopixel Oceans Foundation (BOF) research team, assisting with their study on shark prevalence and behaviour in the Whitsunday Islands – as also reported in last issue. Baited underwater cameras were also used to get an indication of fish and shark diversity, and wire traces baited with whole mullet and mackerel were set at depths from four to 20 metres. A range of samples were collected from all sharks caught, including muscle tissue, blood and fin clips. External satellite Smart Position and Temperature (SPOT) tags were attached to larger specimens, while internal acoustic tags were surgically implanted in various sized sharks. The information collected from these trips will result in a better understanding of shark occurrence, movements and species…

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pending record blue for hayley dellar

The Exmouth heavy-tackle blue marlin season is just getting started, but already the crew from Peak Sportfishing have kicked things off with a bang. Well-known WA angler Hayley Dellar is a good friend of the team, so with a layday coming up on 30 September they invited her to join them and take the chair if a blue large enough to challenge the Australian 60kg line class record appeared. Sure enough, it did – appearing behind a teaser run close to the boat before dropping back to inhale a Bonze ‘Sea Creature’ lure in explosive blue marlin fashion. Quickly in the harness, Hayley wasted no time in delivering the pressure, and with some handy driving by Capt Eddy Lawler the chase was on. With the marlin tracking down-sea and acting erratically, the…