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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing July - August 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: DR SEAN TRACEY Sean grew up in Tasmania and spent much of his youth on or beneath its chilly waters. His passion for the ocean and its inhabitants led him to a career in marine science with the University of Tasmania, in which he’s been able to blend his passion for recreational fishing with his research. His recent work revolved around southern bluefin tuna, and he is now studying the movements and post-release survivability of swordfish through satellite-tagging. SUBSCRIBER: AARON ADKINS Aaron is an American corporate lawyer working for an oil company in Saudi Arabia. The extra vacation time and money that job brings have enabled him to indulge his passion for billfishing. Aaron has caught marlin and sailfish in all six continents, and released his biggest marlin, a fish estimated at…

3 min.
a great milestone

“It is our mission to inspire and guide you to new heights in your gamefishing success and enjoyment.” This 125th edition marks quite a milestone for BlueWater, and I am very proud to be guiding it on more exciting new developments ahead. My first contribution to this publication was in its 13th edition and since then it has become a major part of my life. In 2005 I was appointed Editor and General Manager before later purchasing the company in March 2016. I now run it together with my wife, Trish, a very gratifying move, but one that has kept us on the run ever since. Although we now work long hours and often seven days a week, the upsides are many. Trish and I have lots of plans that we’re sure you…

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.
giant blues shatter dreams in kona

As in all famed marlin grounds that consistently produce huge fish, the crews of the Kona charter fleet live for the moment when a true monster appears in their lure spread. Every new dawn brings fresh hopes that this will be the day. They know that in Kona, it’s a very real possibility. In early July, as fishing ramped-up towards Hawaii’s peak summer season, two such beasts turned up. A client out with Capt ‘Bomboy’ Llanes briefly hooked the first one, a fish Bomboy thought would have weighed more than 1500lb (680kg). Capt Chris Donato, aboard his beautifully restored Merritt, Benchmark, raised the second. His client specified that he only wanted to fish for marlin, and big ones particularly – something the team was eager to accommodate. The fishing had really heated up…

2 min.
bluewater encourages tag & release of swordfish

Daytime deep-dropping is producing a swordfish gold rush for Australian anglers, some of whom have now landed several. It is quite understandable that many anglers will want to keep a record fish or an occasional small one to eat – after all, these are a great-tasting food fish – but perhaps far more of the subsequent big fish should be released. Concern is building for the sustainability of this bonanza. While the swords appear abundant at this stage, regular depletion of the larger breeding stock must surely lead to a greatly diminished resource in the future – as has happened in overseas commercial swordfish hotspots, where babies are now the regular catch and 300kg swords are a thing of the past. There are also health risks associated with eating a lot of…

2 min.
atlantic blue marlin satellite tagging

The first year that Atlantic blue marlin were satellite-tagged in the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) was 2014, when six tags were deployed on blues estimated to weigh between 35 and 125kg during the Custom Shootout in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. Those marlin swam a combined point-to-point distance of 6888 nautical miles (nm) and primarily headed north to follow the continental shelf of the eastern United States. In 2015, IGMR tags were deployed both in the Bahamas and, for the first time, in Bermuda during the Billfish Release Cup and Triple Crown Billfish Championship. Two of the marlin tagged in the Bahamas did not head north like the marlin of the year before, but stayed in the vicinity of the Bahamas. Different behaviour was also noted for the nine blue marlin…