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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing 111 July - August 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: BRAD SMITH Brad was on the inaugural committee of the Adelaide Game Fishing Club and has since served in numerous positions, most recently as President. Brad holds several state and Australian national records, including a 185kg bronze whaler shark on 8kg tackle, and the All-Tackle record for his 42kg yellowtail kingfish. Targeting big kings with top-water lures is Brad’s favourite form of fishing, but he also loves chasing bluefin tuna with light tackle. SUBSCRIBER: MARTIN GOLDBERG Martin lives in Sydney and started fishing with his grandfather when he was about three-years-old, catching fish, yabbies and crabs. At 13 he bought his first boat and has since fished around the coast of Australia, including Lord Howe Island, as well as PNG, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, France, Italy, England, Canada, and recently Panama…

3 min.

Advances in technology are continually changing our sport. Most of them are incremental, but occasionally a game-changer opens the door to a whole new level of possibilities. The invention of gel-spun polyethylene fishing lines – ‘braid’ – has instigated a quantum leap in recreational fishing endeavours. Particularly whenever casting or reaching deep water is involved, braid lines have been a real game-changer. As you’ll see in this issue, braid has made possible the sport of casting large topwater lures for the likes of giant trevally and yellowtail kingfish in hostile reef country. Braid’s incredibly thin diameter has also made it possible to reach depths of 400 to 600m, as required for daytime deep-drop fishing for broadbill swordfish. Its minimal stretch conveys previously unimagined sensitivity, enabling anglers to actually feel what is going on…

3 min.
the igfa updates slam clubs

The current Slam Club program has changed much since its inception, as it continues to evolve in order to recognise the noteworthy achievements of anglers while also promoting conservation. Whether it’s an incredible day on the water or the completion of a lifelong pursuit, the IGFA wants to recognise your incredible angling achievements. To download an application form, please visit: www.igfa.org/Fish/IGFA-Clubs.aspx GRAND SLAM CLUBS (a special day’s achievement) The IGFA’s Grand Slam Clubs are available in three levels. All honour the outstanding accomplishment of a single angler catching a collection of different eligible gamefish species in a single day, with the different awards recognising increasing levels of difficulty. Slam Club achievements caught on fly tackle are now acknowledged separately to those achieved on conventional tackle. The degree of difficulty is acknowledged with three different levels of…

1 min.
hawaiian captain killed by swordfish

In a bizarre accident on May 29, Capt Randy Llanes, 47, was killed by a broadbill swordfish inside Honokohau Harbor, the home of Kona’s extensive sportfishing fleet. At around 10:30am, Llanes saw the confused swordfish swimming around in the unfamiliar environment and jumped in with mask, flippers and a speargun. After he speared the fish, it wrapped the shooting line around a mooring rope, causing it to circle back toward him. In its efforts to escape, the broadbill impaled him in the chest with its sword. A later autopsy concluded that Randy had died from internal injuries caused by the deep puncture. The occupants of a nearby Zodiac tour boat came to his aid, pulled him out of the harbor and brought him to a nearby dock for first aid treatment.…

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the igfa updates trophy clubs

More than a decade ago, the IGFA created the Trophy Clubs to recognise individual trophy gamefish catches of some of the world’s most popular gamefish species. To qualify, the fish must meet either the required length or weight necessary for each species. This award program continues to evolve and the association recently made the following changes: Length Measurements: Anglers are now able to submit applications for Trophy Fish Clubs based on the length of the fish, rather than only by weight. There are minimum lengths designated for each eligible species. Lengths are measured to the rear centre edge of the tail. This change was made to encourage the release of the fish, and to appeal to more anglers. Fly and Conventional Categories: The IGFA will now differentiate between those Trophy Fish Clubs achieved on fly…

3 min.
‘burnt’ tuna – and how to prevent it

Catching a huge tuna, perhaps a southern bluefin weighing over 100kg, is a very special moment, probably one you’ve dreamt about for a long time. Exhausted, but elated as you look at your prize fish lying on the deck, your thoughts begin to savour the many meals you’ll share with family and friends, recounting the epic battle many times over. However, that euphoria later wanes when you begin filleting your tuna and notice that instead of the glistening, translucent redness you were expecting, parts of the muscle appear much paler than normal. While some of the muscle is still a deep red, your knife also reveals flesh that looks green. The tuna fought long and hard, so you cannot imagine it was disabled with a disease, but some of the muscle…