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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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beginning of the end

Once discovered by a school of kawakawa off Indonesia, these anchovies have nowhere to run, their lifespan determined by how long they can hide behind their buddies – until there are none left to hide behind.…

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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…

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a crack in their defence

TIM SIMPSON: PUBLISHER Tim has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for teaching others the skills for success. His adventures have taken him to a long list of tournament wins, six IGFA world records, and more than 500 tagged gamefish. 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…

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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…

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bad mako kills seals

In a stunning display of fury, this mako killed two seals and repeatedly leapt into the air when John Cahill hooked it off Victoria in February. 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…

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maiden voyage delivers brilliant results

Soon after its purchase, Capt Russell Hicks and his wife Marlene Christened their new home and charterboat, Brilliant Company, with four black marlin on the first afternoon. 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…