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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing December 2017 - January 2018

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: CHRIS FULLILOVE Chris is a passionate gamefisherman living in the US state of Texas, where he regularly fishes the Gulf of Mexico for tuna, billfish, dolphinfish and wahoo. While working for NASA he developed a vision for an angling service providing daily satellite scans of the world’s oceans that detailed the direction, temperature, height and speed of ocean currents to enable more efficient hunting of gamefish. He subsequently co-founded and developed RipCharts.com. SUBSCRIBER: DR DANIEL MARHIC Daniel is a veterinary surgeon in New Caledonia, where he’s been chasing billfish for more than 40 years. He caught a 478kg black marlin off Cairns and his favourite fishing spots include Kuala Rompin in Malaysia for sailfish, and Hawaii for blue marlin. For more than 20 years he’s hoped to catch a broadbill swordfish, then…

3 min.
leader fears

Having always crewed on teams fishing tournaments and chasing records, I’ve been instilled with a strong appreciation for the benefits of a full-length leader. With leaders of 15ft (4.57m) on light tackle, or 30ft (9.14m) with line classes of 15kg and above, our tactics and aggressive boat driving enable us to catch fish faster, as well as many that would have otherwise escaped. We have often had very big fish appear at the transom with plenty of fire still left in their tank. Marlin jumping on the leader, and big mako or tiger sharks rolling and thrashing is to be expected during the end-game. Success in this scenario hinges on someone braving the leader at the first opportunity, wrapping it around their gloved hands and physically hauling the fish to the…

1 min.
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 2018 March / April October / November 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 and 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 two peak…

4 min.
the great untapped motherload of australia’s blue marlin – off cairns

Cairns is justifiably famous as the giant black marlin capital of the world, but few people realise that while most boats concentrate their fishing effort close to the drop-off along the outer reef edge, large numbers of very big blue marlin can also be found a little farther out into the Coral Sea. With the real possibility of finding a black marlin ‘grander’ (weighing more than 1000-pounds / 453.6kg) close to the reef, few boats are tempted to leave the edge to go searching for blue marlin, particularly when, in the past, they’ve been regarded as a rather elusive needle in a wide blue haystack. But that may be changing. The Cairns charter fleet are now finding that fishing wide still produces giant blacks, but also gives the chance to catch a…

1 min.
billfish conservation act passes us senate

Conservationists and anglers are applauding the US Senate for passing a bill to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, bringing the US one step closer to closing their domestic market for billfish, protecting these special fish as Congress originally intended with the Act five years ago. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 banned the importation of all billfish caught by foreign fleets into the continental United States and, perhaps most importantly, set an example for other countries to pursue similar conservation efforts once thought impossible. However, questions arose over whether the same prohibitions on foreign-caught billfish imposed by the bill also applied to billfish caught commercially in Hawaii. The new bill clarified that billfish landed in Hawaii must be retained there. Prior to the passage of the USA’s Billfish Conservation…

1 min.
sydney artificial reef in memory of john dunphy

The NSW Department of Primary Industry has installed Australia’s largest offshore artificial reef complex off the southern Sydney coast, just outside Port Hacking. It has been named in honour of the late John Dunphy, a visionary tackle industry pioneer and innovator who established and grew Shimano Australia into the country’s leading fishing industry giant. The reef complex consists of 36 individual concrete modules weighing 25 tonnes each and measuring four metres wide and standing five metres high. Ten of the modules have vertical steel towers to increase vertical relief to nine metres. The reef modules have been deployed in a patch-like arrangement to maximise their fish-drawing potential on the otherwise barren sea floor. The John Dunphy Offshore Artificial Reef comprises of a total reef volume of around 2900m3 and is spread over…