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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing 110 May - June 2015

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

CONTRIBUTOR – KEVIN OATES Kevin started fishing when he was four and was introduced to gamefishing and the Victorian Game Fishing Club during the 1985 Easter tournament at Bermagui. Since then he’s fished in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and in the waters of south-eastern Australia over many years. Kevin became involved with fishing administration in 1987 and has been associated with the GFAA National Junior Tournament since 2005, acting as its National Coordinator since 2011. CONTRIBUTOR: RAY JOYCE Ray has had a passion for fishing since his club days on Moreton Bay in the 1950s. His time as a deckie in Cairns during the 1970s lead him to establish a marine research foundation and become a charter fishing representative. Now in retirement, he’s undertaken his biggest challenges as historian of the Cairns…

3 min.
fishing together

It’s dawn on a brisk autumn morning. Outside my window a thin line of cloud glows bright apricot-pink as a pale, dirty-yellow smudge along the horizon intensifies, rapidly brightening the baby-blue sky above. Already I’m wide awake, my thoughts buzzing with excitement and a long list of things to do. At the end of next week we upload this issue to the printer. That’s always a very special moment for me; a relief for sure, but more importantly an accomplishment that fills me with a great sense of pride as I watch the birth of something very dear to me, an entity created with passion, requiring long days and nights to nurture into life. But today it’s not the magazine that fills my thoughts. Today my mind is racing with plans and…

4 min.
aussie swordfish records smashed in tasmania

After the amazing successes with daytime deep-drop swordfishing off Eaglehawk Neck on Tasmania’s southeast coast last autumn, the gamefishing community eagerly awaited the start of this year’s broadbill season. Leo Miller and his team aboard ChoonaChasa were among the pioneers of this new fishery, landing four good swordfish last year, but losing several larger ones. This year they were determined to succeed with the bigger fish they knew were out there. In early March they hooked another one off Eaglehawk Neck, but lost it near the boat when the join between their braid mainline and mono leader failed after a four-and-a-quarter-hour battle with a very large broadbill. The new moon seems to be delivering the best success when deep-dropping and the March new moon delivered calm weather, so several boats headed wide…

1 min.
australia’s largest yellowtail kingfish?

It’s no longer a secret that South Australia is home to some of the world’s biggest yellowtail kingfish. Inshore hotspots such as Coffin Bay and Port Augusta have been producing the goods for years, with several 100-pounders being landed. Greenly Island and several other locations off the Eyre Peninsula have produced literally dozens of big kings on jigs as well as livebaits over the past few months. On March 21, Matt Forrest landed a true giant of a kingfish over a seamount south of Port Lincoln while fishing with Blake Siviour aboard his 5.9m Haines trailerboat. Fishing in 40 metres of water, Matt’s live squid was smashed halfway down and over the next 50 minutes the two debated what he was connected to. Speculation ranged from a Samson fish to a…

1 min.
port macdonnell delivers more ‘barrels’

At the beginning of April the first reports of South Australia’s ‘barrel’ bluefin tuna started leaking out from Port MacDonnell, a small seaside town in the south-east of the State. This harbour is a favoured base for both SA and Victorian anglers as the continental shelf drop-off is within reach of trailerboats, and even the larger bluefin are often in quite shallow water depths of 40 to 60m. This season started particularly well on the larger fish of 90kg or more, with several exceptional days recorded, one of which included the capture of a 150.5kg tuna by Victorian angler Jason Carrol. By mid-April the largest bluefin taken this season weighed an impressive 159.85kg, which is believed to be the biggest tuna caught in the area. On some days five or more ‘barrels’…

2 min.
survival of billfish

For effective management and conservation, fisheries biologists need precise estimates of post-release mortality (i.e. how many of the released species survive). This enables them to refine stock assessments and also to evaluate if catch-and-release is a viable management strategy. This is particularly important for endangered species and those with characteristics that make them susceptible to exploitation, such as those taking a long time to reach sexual maturity. Post-release (delayed) mortality is particularly difficult to quantify in large pelagic species, but Dr Michael Musyl of the Pelagic Research Group in Hawaii recently published a study on the survival of black, blue, striped and white marlin, plus sailfish and spearfish released from commercial longline, harpoon and recreational fishing gear. The meta-analysis study was completed using data from 400 pop-up satellite archival tags and…