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BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing

BlueWater Boats & Game Fishing June - July 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

CAPTAIN: MIKE DAKIL Mike grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he was always fishing. One taste of the offshore gamefishing scene was enough to hook him into a career path. He worked gameboats off Rockport, then got his Captain’s licence in 2006 and started travelling and fishing, including hotspots in the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Mike moved to Kona in 2012, working as deckie for Capt Marlin Parker and now with Capt Chris Donato aboard Benchmark. SUBSCRIBER: CAMERON HUNT Cameron’s favourite fishing spot is the Cassowary Coast near his hometown of Cairns. There he chases light-tackle species including marlin, sailfish, wahoo and dolphinfish along the reef edges aboard his centre-console trailerboat. His favourite days are getting friends and family hooked-up to exciting fish, but the most satisfying was the day they caught two…

3 min.
record integrity

The great thing about fishing according to IGFA rules is that it levels the playing field for all anglers throughout the world. Then the records have real meaning, providing a benchmark against which we can judge our skills and accomplishments. The IGFA is scrupulous in its record processing, checking details, testing the line, and requiring a sworn affidavit witnessed by a notary. This maintains the integrity of the records, giving each angler that holds one the deep satisfaction of a world-class achievement set according to the highest sporting principles and standards. To hold an IGFA world record for one of the popular gamefish is a great honour. Admittedly, there are opportunities for easy world records – for obscure species, or using line classes that few would bother with – but all…

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…

29 min.

IGFA President retires Rob Kramer, President of IGFA, will be stepping down after nearly 15 years of leadership at the most well-known nonprofit recreational fishing organization in the world. In an announcement in late March, Mr Kramer said he will continue in the role of President until August, helping to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership. After many years of meetings and travel, Rob is retiring from the position to spend more time with his family, and to explore new challenges. “We have accomplished much at IGFA over the last decade and a half, broadening our international reach and refocusing the organization on its original founding purposes,” he said. “It is time now to turn over the helm to new leadership that can continue the evolution well into the 21st century.” “Mr Kramer’s…

2 min.
australian tagging program

FIRST REPORTED MARLIN RECAPTURE FOR 2017 A juvenile black marlin released at the end of January by Neil Croft aboard Newcastle & Port Stephens GFC boat Old Mate was recaptured in February off the NSW South Coast. First tagged off Gibber Reef, Port Stephens, the small black was recaptured, re-tagged and re-released by Ian Osterloh, part of a three-man NSW DPI Fisheries team including Jim Harnwell and Phil Bolton aboard Fisho, a 6m centre-console fishing on The Banks, east of Greenwell Point. The Fisheries team estimated their marlin to weigh 28kg as its lower jaw fork length measured 155cm. When first released by Neil Croft it had been estimated at 25kg and with a lower-jaw fork length of 145cm. After 21 days at liberty it had travelled a straight-line distance of 162…

1 min.
tournament calendar

JUNE 7-9 Merimbula Broadbill Tournament Location: Merimbula, NSW Host: Merimbula BG&LAC Contact: Robert Wood Tel: 0413 333 598 Email: snappytrumps@bigpond.com JUNE 10 Winter Wind-up Location: St Helens, TAS Host: Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania Contact: Jason Ivory Tel: 0409 262 406 Email: gamefish.north@gmail.com JUNE 10-12 Merimbula Yellowfin Tournament Location: Merimbula, NSW Host: Merimbula BG&LAC Contact: Robert Wood Tel: 0413 333 598 Email: snappytrumps@bigpond.com JUNE 10-13 South West Alliance Challenge Location: Warrnambool, VIC Host: Warrnambool Offshore & LGFC Contact: Ashley Dance Tel: 0418 513 943 Email: ashley@danceconstructions.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/SWAGC2014 JULY 15 St Helens Tuna Competition Host: St Helens Game Fishing Club Location: St Helens, TAS Contact: Angela Matthews Tel: 0407 046 571 Email: shgfc11@gmail.com AUGUST 3-7 50th Sydney International Boat Show Location: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Web: www.sydneyboatshow.com.au MID-AUGUST Light Tackle Slam Location: Half Moon Bay, QLD Host: Yorkeys Knob SFC Contact: Stuart Vella Tel: (07) 4055 7711 Email:…