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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing February - March 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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1 min.
who’s who

CONTRIBUTOR: ANDREW HOPE Andrew joined New Zealand’s Whakatane Sport Fishing Club back in 1985 as a junior angler. He’s now on the committee and regularly fishes with his kids around White Island, the Bay of Islands, and off Tutukaka in his 7.2m Buccaneer Billfisher High Hopes. Andrew has been very successful with swordfish, including one caught fishing solo. On his bucket-list now is a sailfish, dogtooth tuna, giant Atlantic bluefin and a black marlin at Cairns. SUBSCRIBER: JUSTIN MOYLE Justin lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and has been fishing since age five. His favourite fishing grounds are off nearby Fraser Island and 1770, and his favourite species is Spanish mackerel. He says there is nothing else like watching one of these speedy missiles leap high out of the water to then land on…

3 min.
natural mortality

As a passionate supporter of tag-and-release, it might seem strange that I would condone killing a billfish. However, in some situations you would be doing more good by taking a fish than releasing it. The release of gamefish has become so entrenched in modern gamefishing that many anglers are outraged whenever a billfish is kept. While their passion is to be commended, a little knowledge and a more balanced outlook should help soften their attitude. The reason that we release – or, even better, tag-and-release – is because we care about the fish. That’s to be encouraged, but our attitude should also be tempered with a little understanding of the bigger picture. It all comes down to sustainability. There is no problem with harvesting fish for reasonable purposes if doing so does not…

3 min.
changes in the east australian current

The EAC is dominated by eddies, which are circular currents forming whirlpools up to 100km in diameter. They carry warm water and the bigger they are the more heat they deliver down the coast. Their swirling motion is one of the forces that draws nutrients found in cold, deep waters up to the surface where phytoplankton (microscopic plants) feed on them and flourish, raising the Chlorophyll content in the water (as shown by some satellite charts). This abundance of phytoplankton, in turn, leads to a localised abundance of zooplankton and baitfish – and therefore gamefish. Most eddies fade out before they reach Bass Strait, but occasionally they will reach Tasmania. Scientists are now concerned over a change in the behaviour of EAC eddies over the last 24 years. Eddies reaching Tasmania…

2 min.
3713 billfish in one year!

Based in the prolific sailfish waters of Guatemala, charter captain Brad Philipps has a reputation for releasing staggering numbers of billfish. Over his outstanding career he’s so far released more than 34,000 billfish for his clients, more than any other captain worldwide. 2016 was Brad’s best season yet. By the end of the year he’d achieved an annual total so high that it even surprised him. Only three captains that we know of have ever caught more than 2000 billfish in a year, yet Brad has done it three times and last year he smashed through to a completely new level, becoming the first to have ever released more than 3000 billfish in a single year. Splitting his year between two world-renowned gamefishing hotspots, Brad’s 2016 clients released an astonishing 3713…

2 min.
richard obach honoured by the igfa

In a letter from Rob Kramer, President of the IGFA, dated 29 November 2016, Richard Obach learned that he was to be honoured with the prestigious Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Award at the IGFA annual auction and banquet. Now retired and living in Florida, Richard is to receive the award for his contribution to heavy-tackle angling history. Back in 1966, Richie was a young adventurer travelling the world. When he arrived in Cairns he scored a job working for Capt George Bransford as the deckie aboard George’s newly-built 9.75m single-engined charterboat Sea Baby. Based on stories he’d heard from pro mackerel fishermen during the war, Bransford was striving to establish Cairns as a hotspot for large black marlin, but had yet to catch one. The duo guided several clients to captures of…

2 min.
new zealand joins the race

His sickle fins stood up strikingly high, with the old rakish saber shape so wonderful to the sea angler. Tail and dorsal fins were fully ten feet apart. He was a monster – so wrote the famous American writer and angler Zane Grey when he visited New Zealand’s Bay of Islands in 1926 and made it famous around the world with his book Tales of the Angler’s El Dorado. Since then, the Bay of Islands has been world renowned as an iconic gamefishing location. “New Zealand has the largest striped marlin in the world, with 20 of the 22 IGFA line class records caught here,” says John Holdsworth of Blue Water Marine Research. “The productive offshore waters are a summer foraging ground for these highly migratory fish that come here to…