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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing April - May 2017

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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in this issue

1 min.
who’s who

CAPTAIN: JOE BYRUM Growing up in a fishing family beside the ocean in North Carolina, USA, Joe started gamefishing at an early age, catching wahoo, dolphinfish and tuna. He then worked as a pro deckie before pursuing a career in the film industry, working on movies including Iron Man III. He now lives in Kona, Hawaii where he partnered in a charter gameboat to pursue his passions for still photography, movie-making and marlin fishing. CONTRIBUTOR: GEORGIA POYNER Living at Narooma in southern NSW, Georgia’s passion began with her father carrying her in a backpack while he fished. As soon as she could walk, she was beside him with her own rod. Georgia had her boat licence and scuba ticket by the age of 12, and now 15-years-old, she is an accomplished angler, free-diver,…

3 min.
the game changes!

The recent announcement by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) that the Angling Rules and Regulations governing world gamefishing are being updated as of 1 April is sure to have far-reaching effects on the tackle and techniques we use. This will reinvigorate the sport, making organised gamefishing – including tournaments, club events and records – relevant and attractive to a much broader section of the angling community. As you’ll see in Newslines of this issue, the IGFA rules now allow us to use backing of an unrestricted type and breaking strength behind a front section of regulation fishing line (mono, dacron or gel-spun polyethylene). The front section is now the only line determining the line class being used. Previously, if any backing was attached to a front section of your fishing line,…

1 min.
two great fishing lodges in arnhem land

Fish Seven Spirit Bay/Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge on the same trip! As Seven Spirit and the Barra Lodge are both owned by Outback Spirit Tours, special “combo” packages are now available so that guests can fish and experience both locations on the one trip! Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge This magnificent resort has been completely refurbished by new owners, Outback Spirit Tours, and will be offering remote-area sportfishing tours in 2017-18. 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 2017-18 October / November 2017 March / April 2018 Fishing Lodge guests have access to a huge expanse of coastal beaches, headlands, offshore reefs, islands and a number of tidal creeks… this is a fishing paradise. Arnhem Land Barramundi…

2 min.
the dream: giant black from a trailerboat

Nathan Green had been keen on gamefishing long before he owned a boat. He absorbed every issue of BlueWater, learning techniques and dreaming of one day trying the heavy-tackle scene off Cairns. A few years ago he bought a 6.4m Freedom trailerboat that he named Pelagic, and together with his friend Nick Borrows they planned a trip to tow the rig north and take on the giant blacks. Basing themselves at Cooktown, wherever there was a favourable forecast they planned to overnight behind the outer reef, targeting giant black marlin when the conditions allowed. They worked the middle Ribbon Reefs on their first outing, but although they marked a few fish and got a bite on their swim bait, they failed to hook-up. Weather chased them back to port the following day,…

3 min.
major advance with changes to igfa rules

The IGFA’s Board of Trustees recently met for their annual meeting where they ratified several significant changes to the International Angling Rules and World Record Requirements. INTERNATIONAL ANGLING RULES Backing & Topshot Current IGFA International Angling Rules state: “If the fishing line is attached to backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the lines.” This rule has long been contested in cases where the main line or topshot is lighter than the underlying backing, as logic dictates that the lighter line will break before the heavier backing. This is also contrary to IGFA angling rules for fly fishing, where the catch is categorized based on the breaking strength of the class tippet, which must be a minimum of 38.1cm (15 inches). To address this issue, effective as of April 1, 2017,…

2 min.
australian tagging program

KINGFISH RECORD FOR TIME AT LIBERTY A yellowtail kingfish tagged by Patrick Schofield of Eden Sports & Game Fishing Club boat Shockwave on 11 November 2005 has recently been recaptured. The kingfish was caught by Port Macquarie GFC boat Reel Trouble while fishing off Forster, NSW on 27 January 2017. The Reel Trouble crew decided to keep the large kingfish for the barbeque and it was not until they were filleting the fish that they noticed the tag (a small dolphinfish-style tag) which was completely grown over by the fishes’ muscle tissue. After 4095 days at liberty, the kingfish had grown from 65cm and an estimated 2.5kg to 130cm and approximately 20kg. The kingfish, having spent more than 11 years roaming since release, has smashed the previous record for time at liberty…