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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing April - May 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

SUBSCRIBER: LOUISE FRANKLIN Louise grew up in Fiji but moved to Sydney at the age of eight. Her passion for gamefishing began when she married Phil and then purchased their 12.5m custom alloy gameboat Satisfaction, which now lives at their home base in Lae, PNG. Louise and her family have won a long list of trophies and awards in the years since, but she is most proud of their performance at the Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica. SUBSCRIBER: OSKA DAVIS Young Oska has been addicted to fishing for as long as he can remember. As a crew-member aboard Mr Pig, he fishes regularly along the Sydney coastline and particularly loves the challenge of tiger sharks. His last New Year’s goal was to catch one himself, and within a couple of weeks he’d…

3 min.
smaller makes bigger

A true angler – those of us born with an unyielding tension drawing us to the water and the creatures within it – will delight in the capture of any fish, whether that be a herring from a harbourside wharf or something much larger. And in each case, the thrill is magnified proportionally if the catch exceeds what was expected. To extract a 2kg fish from a body of water thought to produce only tiddlers would have you buzzing for hours – at least, it certainly would for me! The thrill of a catch also varies in relation to your surroundings. In my experience, catching a big fish from a 15m battlewagon is nowhere near as exciting as catching that same fish from a dinghy. As a boy I grew up catching…

2 min.
mako sharks aplenty in tassie

With water temperatures reaching 19°C over the continental shelf in January, it was no surprise that Tasmania’s mako shark season was on fire, with plentiful numbers of fish being caught whenever a weather window presented itself. The most consistent area was over the continental shelf on the east coast, however, the 100m contour also accounted for some quality fish, including a 265kg specimen caught off Eaglehawk Neck. Numerous sharks were also caught in the shallower waters of Bass Strait, although their average size is usually smaller. Fishing off St Helens, Josh Hammersley had his 7.6m Stabicraft Black Magic among the big shark action, winning the Tamar Marine Shark Competition with a 213.8kg mako in early January. They raised six sharks in six hours of fishing, three of which were tagged and released. Two…

2 min.
striped marlin fire along australia’s south-east

Mid-January to February brought exceptional striped marlin fishing down Australia’s south-east coastline, firing-up from Port Stephens in NSW to Mallacoota in eastern Victoria. It’s a rare thing to have so many ports and locations firing all at the same time. Victoria well and truly stamped its mark on the Australian gamefishing map during this period, delivering more than a month of exceptional fishing when a sub-tropical blue water current with temperatures up to 24°C pushed in to the coast just east of Gabo Island. The new marlin grounds off eastern Victoria may very well become Australia’s hotspot for big striped marlin if the next few seasons continue to produce similar results. On February 12, two trailerboat teams together with Richard Abela’s Victorian charterboat Dream Catcher II tagged and released 23 marlin off…

3 min.
igfa great marlin race

WHEN SATELLITE-TAGGED FISH GET EATEN Marlin are among the largest and fastest fish in the seas, but they still face the daily risk of predation. Although it’s a rare occurrence in the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR), satellite tags have occasionally been swallowed by predators. While these events are very disappointing, the transmitted tag data often yield good insight as to the type of animal that preyed on the marlin. The data generated in the IGMR pop-up satellite tags includes time, date, ambient water temperature, latitude and longitude, and pressure (used to calculate depth). The temperature and depth data provide valuable information on what part of the water column the fish uses, and the oceanographic structure of the water column, while the light level data is used to estimate the location of the fish…

1 min.
opah caught deep-dropping

Two extraordinary captures were made off Tasmania’s Eaglehawk Neck on January 21. Shane Kube and his friends were deep-dropping for blue-eye trevalla on the slope of the continental shelf south of Tasman Island when they caught a 180kg swordfish, months earlier than is usually expected for the start of the Tasmanian swordfish season. On the same day, Dave Glenn and Paul Goodwin were also fishing for blue-eye trevalla with an electric reel on the continental shelf drop-off east of the Hippolyte Rock. While dropping his bait to the bottom in 480m, Paul’s rig suddenly stopped at around 250m. Suspecting that something may have taken the bait, Paul hit the retrieve button on his reel and within seconds the rod loaded up as something large slugged away down deep. An hour later they…