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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing December 2016 - January 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

SUBSCRIBER: DALE WELLHAM Dale is a member of the Newcastle & Port Stephens Game Fishing Club and has subscribed to BlueWater since the very first issue. He loves trying the new techniques he learns through the magazine, and is constantly refining his techniques. Dale says there’s nothing better than watching a bill appear behind a skipbait, or seeing a mako doing backflips in a berley trail, or a yellowfin taking a cube at the back of his 7.8m trailerboat ReelMagic. SUBSCRIBER: MATT MCDONNELL Matt travels for work, which enables him to fish in many pristine locations, but when home in Victoria he loves to chase southern bluefin tuna. Matt’s most memorial trip was his honeymoon in Vanuatu, where he managed to sneak off for a day of fishing, landing a double-hook-up of wahoo.…

3 min.
change is coming

The world’s increasing population is rapidly changing the planet, and with change comes a need to adapt. This applies to our gamefishing as well. Practices considered acceptable in the past – and sustainable – may not be today, or won’t be in the very near future. Over the past 50 years the planet’s human population has exploded from 3,397 million to 7,400 million, and is predicted to reach 11,400 million by 2100. In Australia alone, the population rose from 11.65 million to 24.28 million, most of which settled close to the coast, leading to a corresponding increase in fishing pressure. This places enormous demands on food production, but while technology and genetic engineering have enabled a quantum-leap in the volume of grain and livestock harvested on land, wild seafood still relies on…

1 min.
australian marine reserves – closure update

Following Australia’s 2012 Proclamation disclosing 40 additions to its approved National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA), two independent reviews followed, one science-based, plus regional advisory panels. The advisory panels “consulted with affected and interested parties to identify areas of contention and propose zoning arrangements, and to address these concerns”. Following completion of the reviews, the Government issued Reports of the Independent Review of the Commonwealth Marine Reserves in September 2016 and opened a public comment period through October 2016. Australia’s Director of its National Parks is now drafting management plans for activities allowed and not allowed within each of the reserves. During the advisory panel meetings, the sportfishing industry argued that impacts from catch-and-release fishing were minimal, and excluding private and charter boats from the reserves would generate economic…

1 min.
victoria blessed with late-season bluefin

As spring led many Victorian anglers to shift their attention to inshore snapper, popular southern bluefin tuna hotspots like Portland and Apollo Bay were left virtually unfished. However, a few die-hards persevered through challenging spring weather and were rewarded with late-run tuna of more than 100kg. Heavy rainfall and even green water did little to deter the vast array of seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals and even killer whales gorging on baitfish in a feeding frenzy sometimes ranging into water only 30m deep. Tuna numbers were nowhere near the amazing levels experienced last season, but with persistence and determination some great results followed. On Friday October 15, a group of Sydney-based anglers trekked to Portland, Victoria in the hope of landing a jumbo bluefin. While fishing with Richard Abela aboard his boat Dream…

2 min.
is la niña coming?

The Niño indices recently turned and this is likely to cause significant changes to the weather and offshore fishing situation in Australia over the coming year at least. The NINO3.4 index charts the average sea-surface temperatures in the region bounded by 5°N to 5°S, and from 170°W to 120°W. An El Niño event is when the 5-month running-average of the NINO3.4 index exceeds +0.4°C. A La Niña event is declared if the index runs at -0.4°C for at least six consecutive months. Nino3.4 and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) have been in the El Niño phase for almost two years, but earlier this year they both moved weakly into the La Niña phase. During La Niña the trade winds are stronger than usual, allowing a warm pool of water to pile up…

1 min.
matt watson – ultimate fishing tv series

Master-angler Matt Watson has gained quite a reputation for his extreme fishing adventures. In fact, having started as a talented Kiwi gamefishing deckie, he’s since developed a world-class TV fishing show revolving around amazing catches of huge fish in spectacular locations. Now he’s done it again, with a whole new action series screening Saturday evenings on Australian TVs until early February on 7MATE. The new series takes you to gamefish hotspots including the magnificent Cook Islands, New Zealand’s southern swordfish grounds, and their famed Ranfurly Banks wide off East Cape where Matt finds enormous kingfish, bass groper and marlin. In typical laconic style, Matt also tackles sharks from a beach, fish from the rocks using a drone, goes tuna fishing with a longline crew, catches marlin from a kayak, and creates a…