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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing July - August 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.
two great fishing lodges in arnhem land

Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge This iconic lodge has been completely refurbished, offering luxury wilderness accommodation in an area teaming with sportfish. 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 October / November 2018 March to November 2019 Fishing Lodge guests have access to a huge expanse of bays, headlands, offshore reefs and islands where Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, golden snapper, coral trout & many other pelagic and tasty reef species abound. Plus the many sandy mangrove creeks and flats offer great barramundi, threadfin salmon and mangrove jack fishing. Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge Booking Peak Seasons Only Following the complete refurbishment of the iconic Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge, professionally-guided fishing tours only take place during the Top End’s…

3 min.
tuna are special

I have been fascinated with tuna since the moment I first saw one. I still remember sitting on a wharf in Sydney’s Pittwater as a young boy, astounded by their speed as a marauding pack of tuna burst into the bay and obliterated a school of small baitfish in front of me. Speed and power are just part of what makes tuna so remarkable. Their whole structure is an exquisite example of nature’s potential for engineering mastery. Tuna are refined far beyond the rudimentary design of mere bottom-dwellers, their streamlining and performance equating to the difference between a Lamborghini and a tractor. Many times I’ve sat on the cockpit deck cradling a tuna, marvelling at the way their pectoral, pelvic and primary dorsal fins disappear into slots or lay perfectly flush against…

5 min.
records smashed in victoria’s sword and bluefin season

Autumn and early winter water temperatures along the east of the State have generally been way below the same time last year and coupled with some horrendous weather throughout May, this has resulted in a much lower catch than expected. However, a number of exceptional swordfish have already been landed this season. Richard Abela’s Victorian charterboat Dream Catcher II got the season off to a flying start during an April trip with George and Liza Lirantzis from Ulladulla. Liza took just over an hour to land a pending Women’s Australian record 146kg swordfish on 60kg tackle. Richard then fished a week for a score of 8-5-4, landing swords from 74kg to 163kg before the weather turned nasty during the first week of May. On 29 April, Matthew Boyle headed wide off Lakes…

6 min.
become a tuna champion

Estimates show that after having been decimated to perhaps 5% of their original biomass, the stock has now recovered to around 13%. That is greater than a 100% increase on the stock level of a few decades ago – which is why we’re noticing a significant increase in our fishing results – but the population of southern bluefin is still at a critically low level and needs our help to continue its stock rebuilding process. If this fishery was managed by Australian standards it would be closed to all fishing, however, it is managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) and we are governed by their decisions. The role of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) is to protect the areas in which Australian anglers fish,…

5 min.
sydney produces record blue marlin

On the first day of the Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament in late April, Capt Ivan Bennett of Ambition Charters headed well offshore, trolling down the 1000 fathom line where mutton birds swept the ocean hunting the small patches of baitfish sheltering just below the surface. Other boats in the vicinity reported both blue and striped marlin along with the occasional yellowfin bust-up, so expectations aboard Ambition ran high. As Ivan made a turn around a small baitball, a marlin popped up behind the Pakula bullet lure set on 24kg tackle in the shotgun position. The marlin struck several times, but did not hook-up, leading Ivan to think it was a striped marlin being typically fiddly. Ron Kovacs took the rod and teased the fish into eventually engulfing the lure, which is…

4 min.
australian tagging program

TASMANIA TO NEW ZEALAND A southern bluefin tuna (SBT) released by Mark Watson aboard Tuna Club of Tasmania vessel Clear Float has recently been recaptured. The tuna was tagged on 21 February 2016 off Pedra Branca (a small rock islet off the southern coast of Tasmania), and was recaptured by a longline vessel fishing off the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island on 19 April 2018. The tuna was estimated at 25kg on release and 40kg upon recapture. It had travelled a straight-line distance of 1101 nautical miles after nearly two years and two months (789 days) at liberty. The vast majority of SBT recaptures under the Program occur in the Great Australian Bight off South Australia. To date, only four bluefin have been recaptured off New Zealand and this is…